Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of Labour’s anti-Semitism scandal was one of the biggest disasters of his leadership.
Labour has a proud record of fighting racism but the slowness to kick out anti-Semites was a badge of shame.
The delay in signing an international code on anti-Jewish hatred was another disgrace, as was the way the party investigated complaints.
This is why the decision of Sir Keir Starmer to sack Rebecca Long-Bailey from his shadow cabinet is a welcome move.
Her retweet of an article which contained dodgy conspiracy theories was a huge error of judgment and inconsistent with a place in Starmer’s top team.
The new leader has said restoring relations with the Jewish community is a top priority and he has matched words with deeds.
Where Corbyn dithered on anti-Semitism, Starmer has shown the type of firm leadership that Jews in the UK have demanded for years.
Starmer has only been in charge for a short period of time but he has impressed on a range of fronts.
He has exposed Boris Johnson at Prime Minister’s Questions, offered constructive criticism of the Government’s handling of the pandemic, and forced his party to face outwards, not inwards.
The next general election is a long way off but Starmer is already beginning to look like a potential Prime Minister.
Smokers turned to vaping because they thought it would help them off cigarettes.
Much was made of the supposed benefits but now scientists are warning they can cause serious damage.
The stern advice from new research appears to show vaping damages the heart, lungs and blood vessels.
The practice can harden arteries, leading to cardiovascular disease.
There were already concerns vaping was being promoted to attract people who didn’t already smoke. There is no doubt tobacco is terrible for your health.
If science shows the alternative is also damaging, it’s time manufacturers are clear about any risks.
Edinburgh crime writer Ian Rankin was as angry as anyone at the mess left by folk who couldn’t be bothered to take their litter home.
And he was furious at people using the Meadows as a vast public toilet.
With conveniences still closed and with people allowed to meet in parks, it didn’t take a detective to figure out how this would turn out.