- NewsThe Independent
‘Quite frankly I think the bacteria on your knickers is less than on the mask,’ says fellow shopper
- BusinessThe Telegraph
Rishi Sunak is plotting a new tax on online deliveries next month and a raid on the self-employed later this year, The Telegraph can reveal. The Chancellor will use Wednesday's Budget to announce a £5 billion fund to help high street pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops that have remained closed as a result of the Covid lockdown. On March 23 – dubbed "tax day" in Whitehall – he will then unveil a series of consultations on further tax increases to start paying for the £300 billion cost of dealing with the virus crisis. The Telegraph has learnt that this will include options to tax online retail more heavily, including the possibility of a new green tax on every internet delivery, alongside other online tax ideas. However, it is understood that he has turned his back on a mooted windfall tax on the "excess profits" of internet companies. Mr Sunak is also planning to use a Budget in the autumn to increase National Insurance Contributions paid by Britain's 4.5 million self-employed, arguing that they too benefited from state support in the pandemic. A Treasury source said: "The idea of an online sales tax is being looked at as part of the business rates review. "Responses to the consultation are being considered in the round, but the Chancellor is cognisant of the need to level up the playing field between the high street and online taxation."
- NewsYahoo News UK
People across the country enjoyed temperatures of up to 15C on Saturday.
- CelebrityYahoo Style UK
Its design makes it perfect and stylish maternity-wear.
- SportThe Independent
Princess Anne has spoken out about a deadly illness which killed a number of the Queen’s horses at Balmoral. The Princess Royal spoke of the “devastating impact” of Equine Grass Sickness, which killed five Highland ponies on the Balmoral estate between June 2017 and May 2018. The 70-year-old is launching a new fellowship for research into the illness, which almost always results in death for horses.
- NewsSky News
As Alex Salmond waved to photographers on his exit from Holyrood, something else left the building too
As former first minister Alex Salmond waved to photographers on his exit from Holyrood, something else left the building. An email sent by the Scottish Parliament's harassment committee that might yet breach the evidence impasse. For as long, detailed and explosive as six hours of testimony was from Mr Salmond, it's not underpinned by available paperwork.
- PoliticsThe Guardian
Trump has captured the Republican party – and that's great news for Biden. The Trump party is only interested in appealing to its base. Democrats in Washington have the public square to themselves