Labour

The Guardian talks to Andy Burnham with ‘Corbyn supporters risk return to Labour splits of 1980s, says Andy Burnham

Supporters of the Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn are playing a dangerous game by resorting to inflammatory language which risks a return to the splits and factionalism of the 1980s, Andy Burnham has said.

In a sign of the shadow cabinet’s deep concerns about the growing confidence of Corbyn’s supporters in the trade unions and in the party as a whole, the fellow candidate said “loud warnings” and alarm bells were starting to sound.

Speaking to the Guardian before the launch of his leadership manifesto next week, Burnham said he attached no blame to Corbyn. But he said of some of his supporters: “There are dangers here, there are some echoes of the early ‘80s. Those should ring loud warnings, alarm bells.”

Meanwhile, The Telegraph gloats at the Tory election victory with an Ed Balls interview: ‘I knew we had lost…I was here one day and gone the next

Balls’s 20-year career as one of the most influential figures in British politics came to an unheralded end at 7.30am on May 8, when he lost his Morley and Outwood seat by 422 votes in the greatest upset of the 2015 election. Balls had been aware for hours that Labour was facing a bleak outcome, but he had believed to the last that he might hold his seat. ‘We didn’t know the result until the returning officer read out the numbers. No one had known that it was that close.’

In the moment of defeat, he was sanguine. ‘I knew that I was part of a big turning point – the instant when democracy is at its rawest. I was the living embodiment of the rule that a politician can be here one day and gone the next. I was very calm. I knew by then that we had lost the election.’

The Independent looks at another aspect of a possible Corbyn leadership with: “Jeremy Corbyn’s election as leader of Labour party could scupper plans for third runway at Heathrow

The election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party could scupper plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport after he came out against the project.

Although the three other Labour contenders all support the plan to expand Heathrow, the left-wing backbencher has become the bookmakers’ favourite to win the contest. Supporting nominations by constituency Labour parties closed at midnight. Late on 31 July Mr Corbyn was ahead with 147, followed by Andy Burnham on 110; Yvette Cooper on 109 and Liz Kendall on 18.  Members vote individually and do not have to attend nomination meetings, but the figures are another sign of the strong grassroots support for Mr Corbyn.

David Cameron

Back at The Guardian, they focus on David Cameron after his tour of South-East Asia with: “We haven’t wasted a day since election

The Conservative majority government has not wasted a day since it was elected because ministers no longer have to make it up as they go along, as they did in coalition, David Cameron has said after the first 80 days of his administration. The prime minister said the government could travel quickly because it “helps to have one hand at the steering wheel”, rather than having to share the wheel with another party. He also likened the party’s manifesto to the Bible, saying ministers just had to refer to “the good book”.

Cameron, speaking at the end of a four-day tour of south-east Asia, is due to go on holiday next week, marking the end of the first phase of the administration. He said he had reorganised the government, with Oliver Letwin, the cabinet office secretary, and Matt Hancock, the cabinet office minister, given new roles on policy and policy implementation.

NHS

The Independent claims that “Doctors declare war on Jeremy Hunt over weekend working ‘myths’ amid plan for seven day NHS

Jeremy Hunt has “peddled myths” about doctors’ workloads and demoralised the NHS workforce over plans for more seven-day services, the leader of Britain’s doctors has claimed, as a survey reveals nine out of 10 consultants are already on evening and weekend rotas.

Ahead of crunch contract talks, Dr Mark Porter, chairman of the British Medical Association (BMA), said the profession was “furious” with the Health Secretary, who told it to “get real” over the need for a “proper seven-day service in hospitals” last month. Using unprecedented language, Dr Porter accused Mr Hunt of “calling into question the professionalism” of the most senior doctors.

Mr Hunt’s comments have led to a furious backlash among doctors. A petition to Parliament proposing a vote of no confidence in the Health Secretary has attracted more than 200,000 signatures.

Immigration and Calais

Charles Moore of the Telegraph writes ‘Britain needs immigrants, but not a ‘swarm’ of them

A modern country must both welcome and impede immigration – so how will Mr Cameron deal with our current migrant paradox?

David Cameron speaks of a “swarm” of migrants at Calais, and is assailed for his inhumanity. In 1978, the leader of the Opposition, Margaret Thatcher, intervening on immigration, said that British people feared they “might be rather swamped by people with a different culture”.

There was outrage in the grander newspapers, but the Tories, having been neck-and-neck with Labour, suddenly surged to an 11-point lead in the opinion polls. Unless Mr Cameron makes a mess of the Calais crisis, he, like Mrs Thatcher, will benefit politically from what he has said. To most voters, words like “swarm” and “swamp” do not seem unkind, but factual.

One big difference between 1978 and now is the scale. In that broadcast, Mrs Thatcher added that she had been brought up in a town of 25,000 people and was worried that twice that number was now entering Britain every year. Today, it is nearly 20 times – and that is to speak only of legal immigration. (Naturally no one can know exact numbers for illegals.) So instead of a town twice the size of Grantham arriving each year, it is now a city the size of Liverpool.

On the other hand, The Independent dwells on the ‘shock horror’ of his use of the word ‘swarm with “Calais Migrant Crisis: Deputy Mayor of Calais labels Cameron’s use of ‘swarm’ as ‘racist’ and ‘ignorant’

The Deputy Mayor of Calais has struck out at David Cameron today, arguing the Prime Minister’s response to the Calais migrant crisis is “racist” and “extremist”.

Speaking to Channel 5 News on Friday, the official from the northern French town labelled Cameron’s language towards migrants, desperate to make their way to England as racist and extremist, adding “I just can’t accept them.”

When asked if Cameron’s use of the word “swarm” to describe the migrants attempting to seek refuge in the United Kingdom was extremist and racist, Philippe Mignonet replied “yes, or a proof of ignorance of the situation.”

Oddly, the Express carries the same story.

The Guardian also reports that Striking French ferry workers block Calais port route with huge fire

A huge fire set alight by striking French ferry workers brought more disruption to Calais on Friday, causing gridlock on routes towards the port as dozens of migrants made new attempts to reach the UK. About a dozen workers of My Ferry Link burned tyres across a key motorway leading to the port shortly before midday as part of a long-running dispute over 600 job losses.

The fire, which sent huge plumes of black smoke high into the air over the French port town, brought immediate chaos to the A16 and surrounding roads. Police and gendarmerie closed off a large section of the motorway leading to the port, causing long queues of lorries and cars stretching for miles around the area.

A Eurotunnel spokesman in France said: “The strikers are blocking the way to the port, not the tunnel. There’s been no effect on the tunnel “

The Mail, however, lambasts Cameron on it with: “How feeble! David Cameron attacked for ‘sticking plaster’ response to Calais crisis after he announces plans for a few extra sniffer dogs and better fences

David Cameron is under fire for a ‘sticking plaster’ effort to tackle the Calais migrant crisis after admitting an entire summer of misery is on the way. The Prime Minister came under attack as one of the biggest holiday getaway weekends of the year began with scenes of bedlam in France and England.

Families were stranded in queues for hours, the M20 was once again turned into a lorry park and smoke billowed in Calais as French workers set fire to tyres in a wildcat strike.

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Nigel Farage

The Express has the usual ‘Farage on Friday’ column: We need to be less frightened of France to tackle Calais chaos

Firstly, the message and signal needs to be sent that if you come to Britain illegally, you won’t be able to stay. We must send a strong message that those who do come here illegally will be returned immediately. To do that we need resources to check cars and lorries. If the Border Agency isn’t strong enough, then by all means we should call in extra Police, the Army, whatever it takes to do the job.

Secondly, part of the problem currently is that we have all of our eggs in one transport basket. Namely, everything going through Dover to Calais. It is a massive, glaring weakness that we have. The Port of Ramsgate meanwhile is an unused facility with excellent road connections. What’s more, it has a UKIP-controlled local District Council that’s hungry for business and is very pro-business indeed.

Tax

The Telegraph reports that HMRC given go-ahead to demand £5.5bn from taxpayers – before they have chance to appeal

HMRC has begun a £5.5bn tax grab as controversial government powers to demand that individuals pay tax upfront – before they have a chance to challenge the sum – were upheld in court today.

As part of extensive new powers introduced last summer, HM Revenue & Customs can demand that individuals pay tax within 90 days, with added penalties and charges, if they are suspected of abusing legitimate tax reliefs. If a court later decides that HMRC’s calculations were wrong, the money is paid back.

Among the targets of the new power is anyone who has claimed tax relief against their income, such as buy-to-let landlords and investors in the creative industries, which offer generous tax breaks if you make a loss. But HMRC’s legal victory today will “open the floodgates” for the Treasury to claim back billions of pounds in tax, according to experts. The Revenue put a figure of £5.5bn on the extra tax it expected to collect.

Osama Bin Laden

The Express (and other papers too) carry a story of a crash in Hampshire killing relatives of Bin Laden:  ’Osama Bin Laden’s stepmother and sister ‘killed in Hampshire private jet crash’

The pair were killed when a Phenon 300 executive jet burst into flames as it plunged into 15 parked cars at Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire, according to Arabic media reports. The plane’s Jordanian pilot and another passenger, who has not been named, were also reportedly killed.

The private jet, worth a staggering £7million, was owned by Salem Aviation in Saudi Arabia – a group controlled by the dead terrorist’s family. The tail number of the plane, HB-IBN, was originally used by his father Mohammed before he died in a crash in 1967. But the Bin Laden family retained the registration after his death.

Flying with BA

The Mail carrries a story saying British Airways slashes the size of hand luggage after claiming too many passengers were exceeding their allowance

Thousands of British Airways passengers face tighter restrictions on their hand luggage after too many were found to be exceeding their allowance. The firm permits two pieces of baggage to be taken into the cabin, but is nearly halving the size of the ‘personal’ bag.

From August 18, passengers will be limited to just 40x30x15cm – compared with the current maximum of 45x36x20cm. It could lead to many travellers – who have already bought special bags to fit their laptops – having to buy new luggage or even replace their portable computers. However the size of the main piece of hand luggage – which is often a wheel-on bag – will remain the same at 56x45x25cm.

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