The Guardian leads with “Hungary closes border to refugees as Turkey questions EU deal to stem crisis” (Ed: Note continued use of the word ‘refugees’. Even the BBC says ‘migrants’ now.)
Hungary has closed its border with Croatia to refugees in a bid to block the path of streams of migrants desperate to get to northern Europe as a European deal to stem the crisis looked precarious.
After the last 1,500 or so migrants to arrive by train on the Croatian side trudged silently through mud over the informal Zakany crossing, Hungarian police and soldiers sealed it with barbed wire shortly before 1am (2300 GMT), said AFP reporters at the scene.
“Closure!” shouted a soldier after the last weary travellers had passed through slowly in single file, some of them carrying an elderly woman in a wheelchair and children’s buggies. “The ‘green border’ has been closed [to economic migrants] but you can still cross the border legally and seek asylum,” government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs told AFP.
Similarly with The Independent: “Refugee crisis: Afghan’s shooting is grim landmark as EU hardens its heart against refugees”
An as-yet-unnamed 25-year-old man has become the first refugee to be shot dead trying to enter the European Union when he was struck by a bullet fired by a Bulgarian border guard. The young Afghan, who died on Thursday night, had been among 54 refugees making their way to a better life in Europe when two guards tried to stop them.
He may be just one of thousands to perish on the hazardous journey westwards this year, and just one soul among the more than 700,000 refugees to seek asylum in the EU. But his death is a shocking illustration of the irony that, even as the EU opens its gates to refugees, it is adding guards to these gates.
The Express warns that: “Migrants coming to Europe to claim benefits ‘will cause TAX HIKES and economic chaos’”
Last month Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel decided to open the country’s borders to people fleeing war-torn Syria. But many of the new arrivals will depend on welfare and contribute little to the economy leaving Germans to pick up the tab, economist Bernd Raffelhuschen said. He also claimed the number of unemployed people will rise to 1.5million people – with 70 per cent of them also unqualified.
As a result he expects Germans to delay retirement until they are well into their 70s. Raffelhuschen also argued Germany – which is predicted to take 1.5million refugees from war-torn Syria this year – is “the only country in the world without immigration rules”. He suggested it should follow the lead of the US, where would-be migrants are screened for job suitability can be refused entry, according to Breitbart.
The Mirror reports from Calais: “Migrant found dead near Channel Tunnel as 6,000 people mass at Calais seeking entry to Britain”
A migrant trying to enter Britain was found dead near the tracks of the Channel Tunnel today amid a surge in people massing at Calais. Officials announced that the number of migrants at the Calais camp has doubled to close to 6,000 people just days after another suspected migrant died after being struck on the M20 motorway in Kent.
The grim discovery of a body was made at 1am today by the tracks of the Channel Tunnel’s terminal in Coquelles. A Eurotunnel spokesman said: “A person was found unconscious beside the tracks on the terminal in France. The emergency services attended immediately and declared the person dead. This is another terribly sad incident at a personal level which Eurotunnel deeply regrets. Eurotunnel reiterates the serious dangers of trying to cross the Channel illegally.”
The Express claims there is “Outrage as ‘disrespectful’ police REFUSE to send officers to safeguard Poppy Day parades”
Senior officers were accused of snubbing war veterans by claiming that they were too hard-up to provide a police presence on Remembrance Sunday. Royal British Legion volunteers depend on officers to ensure the smooth running of annual events where Forces’ veterans march and lay wreaths.
But this year Legion stalwarts across the country have been told budget cuts mean officers cannot guarantee the same level of support. Organisers now fear that parades will have to be altered, shortened or even cancelled.
Legion officials in London, Essex, Nottinghamshire and the West Midlands have complained about the “disgraceful” cutbacks. Wendy Neal, Legion treasurer in Hornchurch, east London, accused the police of adopting a “disrespectful” attitude to the event on Sunday, November 8. She said: “This is one of the most important events we stage all year in the borough. ‘That’s especially true for Hornchurch because it was an RAF station in the Second World War and we have war graves here.”
The Telegraph leads with “Banks told to make hidden charges clearer or introduce flat fee for current accounts”
Banks could be told to introduce charges for current accounts or spell out the hidden fees they are imposing on customers, a report signalling the end of free banking is expected to say next week.
In its report, the consumer watchdog the Competition and Markets Authority is expected to outline plans to ask banks that offer “free” current accounts to explain how they make a profit.
For the first time, customers could be sent statements disclosing exactly how much their bank has taken in charges. As well as fees for overdrafts and foreign exchange, the statements could include an estimate for the interest foregone on any positive balance.
Daniel Hannan MEP, in the Telegraph, says “Here’s what David Cameron should demand from EU leaders”
I am hereby setting out the changes that Her Majesty’s Government is intent on seeing in its relationship with the EU. Most Britons want a deal based on trade and co-operation, not political amalgamation.
You will know that several Euro-federalists also want such an arrangement. Jacques Delors says he wants Britain to have a “privileged partnership”, by which he means membership of the common market but not of a United States of Europe. Guy Verhofstadt, the leader of the Euro-liberals, has called for the same thing, though he calls it “associate membership”.
To make a reality of such a deal, there will need to be big changes to our membership terms, and I summarise these below…..
(Editor: Read the article yourself to see these points. But, dream on Dan, Cameron has his own agenda, and it’s not the same as yours)
The Guardian reflects on talking Turkey in “The Guardian view on EU refugee talks with Turkey: too much on the table”
If there is to be any solution to the problem of mass migration to Europe, it will not be found in rushed negotiations with an interim government in Turkey and a leader preoccupied with improving his party’s chances in elections only two weeks away. Certainly there could be some useful changes in the way Turkey deals with refugees, and some of the demands apparently being put forward by Turkey, such as visa-free travel for its citizens, have some merit in themselves.
But the so-called “action Plan” with Turkey, decided on in Brussels this week at the latest of the EU’s anguished summits on migrants, has more the look of a piece of political theatre, allowing the Europeans to pretend that they have done something substantive on an issue increasingly agitating their electorates, while letting the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, wave some European “concessions” in front of his voters.
The Mail has a different view on it: Nigel’s. “EU deal risks new wave of migrants: Plan to hand Turks millions of EU visas is bordering on insanity, says Farage”
Britain faces the spectre of another wave of mass migration after Brussels bureaucrats opened the gates of Europe to Turkey’s 75 million citizens.
Plans to allow Turks access to EU visas – in exchange for their country’s help with the Syrian migration crisis – were branded as ‘bordering on insanity’ last night. Ukip leader Nigel Farage warned the deal – a possible precursor to Turkey becoming a full EU member – could result in even more pressure on UK schools and hospitals.
He added that Turkey was ‘too big, too poor and too different from us culturally’ to be in the EU. But Turkey’s hardline president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, demanded membership as the price for stemming the tide of refugees pouring over his country’s borders into Europe.
Scotland and SNP
The Telegraph reports on the weird logic of Alex Salmond: “Scotland will need half a billion pounds to support third runway at Heathrow”
David Cameron will have to give half a billion pounds to the Scottish Government if he wants to secure the SNP’s support for a third runway at Heathrow, Alex Salmond has indicated.
The former SNP leader said public spending on the project – estimated at £5 billion – should be subject to the Barnett Formula, which gives Holyrood a proportion of UK spending.
Should all 56 SNP MPs block Heathrow expansion the chances of a government defeat in the Commons would increase given senior Labour figures and cabinet ministers have criticised the project.
The Guardian reports from the SNP Conference with “Sturgeon to commit party to vote against Syria intervention”
Nicola Sturgeon is to commit the Scottish National party to voting against any military intervention by the UK in Syria at Westminster in a move that piles further pressure on Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour, which is deeply divided over the issue.
Contrasting her party’s disciplined stance with Labour’s chaotic position on the issue, the SNP leader will warn on Saturday that British airstrikes will only add to the “already unimaginable human suffering” in the region, rather than help to swiftly bring it to an end.
The SNP strategy was endorsed overwhelmingly by the party’s national conference in Aberdeen on Friday, after former leader Alex Salmond said military intervention would be futile and would add Syria to a long list of British military failures, including in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.
American Presidency Race
The Independent reports that “Donald Trump blames George W Bush for 9/11”
Donald Trump is still Donald Trump. During an interview on Bloomberg TV on Friday, Mr Trump was asked how he would make Americans safe and proud while dealing with potential crisis. “I think I have a bigger heart than all of them. I think I’m much more competent than all of them. When you talk about George Bush — I mean, say what you want, the World Trade Center came down during his time.”
Yes, the Republican front-runner said that former President George W Bush is somewhat responsible for the September 2001 attacks that took the lives of 2,977 people in New York City, Washington DC and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Bloomberg anchor Stephanie Ruhle immediately interjects telling him: “Hold on, you can’t blame George Bush for that.”
However, it was too late, Mr Trump continued to air out his feelings toward the Republican establishment: “He was president, okay? Blame him or don’t blame him but he was president. The World Trade Center came down during his reign.”
The Independent reports that “Legal aid firms threaten action against MoJ over ‘omnishambles’ contract system”
More than 50 solicitors’ companies are threatening to take the government to court over the “omnishambles” system of awarding legal aid contracts. Michael Gove, the Justice Secretary, faces the lawyers’ revolt following claims that bids for the work worth millions of pounds were assessed by agency staff with no knowledge of legal aid.
Their anger centres on an overhaul of the system under which solicitors are provided to represent people under arrest in police stations and magistrates courts in England and Wales. The number of contracts is being cut from 1,600 to 527 alongside reductions rates for the work, leading to warnings that smaller solicitors’ firms could struggle to survive and the quality of advice to the public diminished.
Peter Oborne in the Mail reveals what he knows about the Privy Council: “Secret. Smug. Sinister: They’ve covered up torture, led us into an illegal war and are now placing the Press under state control. It’s time to kill off the shadowy establishment mafia that is the Privy Council”
Earlier this month, a private ceremony took place at Buckingham Palace. Along with the Queen, four Cabinet ministers were present. All stood, including the 89-year-old monarch. Nothing was reported in the Press, but this obscure group transacted more business than any Cabinet meeting.
They approved the specification and design for new coinage, including a commemorative £5 coin to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday. The secretive group also amended several Acts of Parliament, altering the law of the land on crime, terrorism, education and adoption law.
They changed the statutes of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and gave notice of the ‘discontinuance of burials’ in certain English churchyards. It was a routine day in the life of the Privy Council, the government body whose origins are so ancient no historian is certain of when it was founded.
Much of its business — such as the issue of university charters and regulation of churchyards — sounds innocent enough. However, I believe that the Privy Council is one of the most sinister organisations in Britain.