The Telegraph leads with BBC Trust could be stripped of power to rule over claims of bias

The BBC Trust could be stripped of the power to rule on allegations of bias, John Whittingdale has said, as he insisted that he does not have a “vendetta” against the Corporation. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, the new Culture Secretary said that the BBC needs a “very robust system in place” when dealing with issues of impartiality.

It follows repeated claims by senior Conservatives of “left-wing bias” exhibited by the BBC in the build-up to the general election.  Mr Whittingdale’s comments come ahead of talks with the BBC about the renewal of the Royal Charter, which will begin in the coming weeks.

Charleston Shooting

The Guardian leads with “Barack Obama on Charleston shooting: ‘I refuse to act as if this is the new normal’

Declaring that he refused to “act as if this is the new normal”, President Barack Obama on Friday called for a national moment of soul-searching over gun violence, in his second statement in as many days on Wednesday’s mass shooting inside a church in Charleston, South Carolina.

“More than 11,000 Americans were killed by gun violence in 2013 alone,” Obama said in an afternoon appearance at a national conference of mayors in San Francisco. “If Congress had passed some commonsense legislation after Newtown, after a group of children had been gunned down in their own classroom, reforms that 90% of the American people supported … we might still have more Americans with us.”

The Independent also covers this story: “Thousands come together in Charleston for vigil to remember nine victims of church shooting

Sometime around 5pm on Friday evening, crowds of people poured into the centre of Charleston to take part in an evening of memorial, reflection and no little grieving.

Thousands of people made their way to a small indoor sports arena owned by the College of Charleston where a series of religious leaders got to their feet to urge people not to lose their faith.

Their messages were most poignantly delivered to the people for whom were reserved the first five rows of seats – relatives of those killed in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, and members of the clergy.


The Telegraph’s Ambrose Evans-Pritchard claims that “Greek debt crisis is the Iraq War of finance

Rarely in modern times have we witnessed such a display of petulance and bad judgment by those supposed to be in charge of global financial stability, and by those who set the tone for the Western world.

The spectacle is astonishing. The European Central Bank, the EMU bail-out fund, and the International Monetary Fund, among others, are lashing out in fury against an elected government that refuses to do what it is told. They entirely duck their own responsibility for five years of policy blunders that have led to this impasse.

They want to see these rebel Klephts hanged from the columns of the Parthenon – or impaled as Ottoman forces preferred, deeming them bandits – even if they degrade their own institutions in the process

The Independent’s take on this is: Tsipras edges closer to Putin as Greeks rush to withdraw savings from banks

Greece’s Prime Minister has attacked the “delusions” of Europe and hinted his country could find a “safe port” in Russia if it crashes out of the eurozone at the end of the month.

Alexis Tsipras was sharing a platform with Vladimir Putin at the St Petersburg Economic Forum the day after “cash for reforms” negotiations between Greece and its eurozone creditors collapsed, bringing ever closer a catastrophic default on 30 June.

Meanwhile, the Guardian says ECB staves off collapse of Greek banking system with emergency funding

The European Central Bank provided just enough support on Friday to stave off the collapse of the Greek banking system as political and financial pressure was piled on Athens before a crisis summit of eurozone leaders on Monday.

With more than €1bn (£715m) leaving Greek banks on Friday alone, the ECB provided €1.8bn in emergency funding to keep the system operating over the weekend and said it would meet again on Monday to decide whether to provide further help.


The Telegraph reports from the Waterloo commemoration: Portable loos and Belgian officiousness: When ‘war’ breaks out at the Battle of Waterloo, 2015

The famous fields of Waterloo have not seen anything like it since Wellington and Napoleon faced off against one another 200 years ago. The Allied ranks alone include 50 cannons, 170 cavalry and close to 2,500 infantry. The French are a truly international cast of re-enactors, including units from Britain, Germany, Norway, Russia – and of course France itself (although they seem to be well outnumbered by the foreign enthusiasts). “


The Independent reports that NHS hospitals pushing young medics to brink of ‘burnout’ by relying on them to work extra hours

Hospitals are pushing young medics to the brink of “burnout” by relying on them to work extra hours to plug long-term gaps in ward rotas, leading doctors have warned, after new research showed that the effects of NHS staff shortages are worsening.

Dr Mark Porter, chair of the British Medical Association (BMA), said the increasingly common practice of hospital departments requiring junior doctors to work overtime, or filling gaps with expensive agency staff, should be a “real concern to patients” – while the UK’s top emergency doctor cautioned that the NHS had now become used to working with a “skeleton staff” at A&E departments.

Left-Wing Activists

The Guardian reports that Police crack down on activists on eve of London austerity march

Police have launched a crackdown on activists previously linked to direct action protests before what is expected to be the largest anti-austerity demonstration of the year.

At least three activists arrested on suspicion of offences at earlier demonstrations have been handed fresh bail conditions forbidding them from attending the protest march on Saturday, sources have told the Guardian.

A fourth activist was arrested on suspicion of offences at an anti-gentrification protest in Brixton in April and released on bail under similar conditions. A fifth attended a police station voluntarily and was not arrested.

EU Referendum

The Mail reports that “Cameron ‘leaning towards Autumn 2016’ for EU referendum after ruling out snap May poll

The referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union is likely to be held in October next year, Cabinet sources have revealed. Downing Street is looking at a date in the Autumn for the crunch vote, with October the most likely. The Tory manifesto commitment was to a vote before the end of 2017.

Only a week ago David Cameron was still entertaining the possibility of a vote on May 5 next year – but backed down this week in the face of opposition from Eurosceptic backbenchers. Tory MPs likely to vote for Britain to leave the EU opposed to a poll on that date because of major elections being held in Scotland, Wales and London.

With that date ruled out, a vote in October is now being pencilled in. It would be likely to take place after the Tory Party conference early that month.

African Immigration

The Express leads with “EU must do more to send Med migrants back to their own countries, urges Cameron

In a speech at a security conference, the Prime Minister insisted that schemes to settle people seeking a better life in Europe would not “solve the problem.”

He said EU leaders should work closely with governments in Africa to try to stop economic migrants attempting to cross the sea to Europe in the first place. And those found to have made crossings should be “returned safely”, he said.

“We won’t resolve this crisis unless we do more to stop these people leaving their countries in the first place; until we break the link between boarding a boat and settling in Europe,” he said.

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