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Giving away a philosophy degree online

Actor Oliver Thorn shares his philosophy education on YouTube
Oliver Thorn is an actor and YouTuber. His channel Philosophy Tube, presenting philosophical and political ideas in creative ways, has nearly 500,000 subscribers. The BBC’s Frey Lindsay went out to meet him at his studio.

EU president nominee 'ready' to extend Brexit deadline

Ursula von der Leyen, the controversial nominee to become the next president of the European Commission, said she would consider extending the 31 October deadline for the UK to leave the European Union.

She said: "I stand ready for further extension of the withdrawal date should more time be required for a good reason."

She was speaking at a confirmation hearing , where she hopes to win backing to takeover the role from chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier.

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What now for the Bank of England?

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Samuel Tombs, chief UK economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, reckons the Bank of England will not be moved to alter interest rates following the new employment and wage data.

"The labour market is emitting enough upward inflation pressure to dissuade the [Bank of England's] Monetary Policy Committee from cutting interest rates over the coming months."

He notes: "The MPC is constrained by the medium-term outlook for relatively high inflation; only in the event of a no-deal Brexit or a sustained increase in the unemployment above 4% would the committee sign off fresh stimulus."