In the headlines
The Scottish government cannot hold a second independence referendum without Westminster’s consent, the Supreme Court has ruled. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says the landmark decision “exposes as myth” the idea that the UK is a voluntary partnership. “It’s Mick Grinch,” says Metro, after rail union boss Mick Lynch announced another eight days of strikes over the Christmas period. “I’m not the Grinch,” the RMT leader retorted. “I’m a trade union official.” Neanderthal cooking was much more sophisticated than previously thought, says The Times. New research has found that our “evolutionary cousins” created “artisanal” bread 70,000 years ago using mustard seeds and crushed pistachio nuts. Very impressive, says one reader, but were they smart enough to “spread avocado on it and charge £6.50”?