Labour

The Guardian leads with “John McDonnell: Labour will match Osborne and live within our means

John McDonnell, the new shadow chancellor, will tell the Labour conference that Britain must always live within its means as he announces that the party will vote in favour of a new fiscal charter proposed by George Osborne.

In a sign of the new Labour leadership’s determination to restore the party’s credibility on the economy, McDonnell has told the Guardian that the party will manage the economy carefully. “We accept we are going to have to live within our means and we always will do – full stop,” the shadow chancellor said ahead of the Labour conference, which opens in Brighton on Sunday. He added: “We are not deficit deniers.”

To the possible surprise of some on the left, McDonnell will announce that Labour MPs will be expected later this autumn to vote for the chancellor’s fiscal charter unveiled in the budget in July.

Jeremy Corbyn

After Sepp Blatter, The Telegraph leads with “Jeremy Corbyn: 9/11 was ‘manipulated’

Jeremy Corbyn has claimed that 9/11 was “manipulated” to make it look like Osama Bin Laden was responsible to allow the West to go to war in Afghanistan. In comments that will raise questions about his suitability to lead the Labour Party, Mr Corbyn appeared to blame George Bush and Tony Blair for using the September 11 attacks in New York to allow them to go to war.

In a series of further articles, Mr Corbyn also appears to endorse controversial conspiracy theories about a “New World Order”. It comes as Mr Corbyn prepares for his first conference as Labour leader. Mr Corbyn will attempt to use the Brighton conference to unite the party after it threatened to split apart in the wake of his shock election victory.

Meanwhile, at The Guardian they carry this story: “Jeremy Corbyn planning to link up with SNP to remove Trident

The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has said he intends to work with the SNP to remove nuclear weapons from Scotland.

Reaffirming his long-standing opposition to Trident in a BBC Scotland interview, Corbyn said: “In the House of Commons I was chair of the CND [Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament] group and one of the vice-chairs is from the SNP, and yes, we will be voting with them on this – or they will be voting with us, whichever way you want to put it.”

Giving an in-depth interview on Scottish concerns in advance of his first party conference as leader, he said: “My position on Trident has been very clear all of my life,” he said. “I think Trident should go. I do not believe that it is a form of defence.

The Independent has yet another angle on the man with: “Jeremy Corbyn to apologise for Iraq war on behalf of the Labour Party

Jeremy Corbyn is set to use his first conference speech as Labour leader to apologise on behalf of his party for taking Britain into war in Iraq.

In a sign of how Mr Corbyn wants to reshape the public’s view of the party under his leadership, he is expected to say that Labour has learnt its lesson from the conflict and will “never make the same mistake again”.

He will add that in future Britain’s role in international affairs needs to change to the promotion of conflict resolution and co-operation rather than using UK forces to achieve regime change. An apology will delight Labour activists and be welcomed by some senior members of the parliamentary party who hope it will pre-empt criticisms of former ministers when the Chilcot inquiry finally reports later this year.

And the Mirror finds another with: “Tom Watson’s loyalty to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn a stark lesson to party’s whingeing losers

Labour’s malcontent MPs now busily undermining Jeremy Corbyn should heed the words of Tom Watson. The party deputy leader’s support and loyalty to Corbyn shames the self-indulgent grumblers who backed unsuccessful candidates in the leadership campaign and provides a lesson in how to behave to these moaning bad losers.

Every gripe, attack and disloyal outburst from sulking MPs weakens the Labour Party and is music to the ears of Conservatives, Ukip, SNP and other other rival forces that would happily consign the party to the dustbin of history.

Corbyn has earned an opportunity to prove that he has what it takes. He needs a successful week and a keynote speech that makes him look and sound a leader. Yes, he must reach out to critics and appeal to the country at large.

Political Correctness

The Daily Mail reports that “Hospital told RAF sergeant to leave waiting room in case his uniform upset other patients

An RAF sergeant who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan was moved out of a hospital waiting room because staff feared his uniform would upset people from different cultures, it was reported.

Aircraft engineer Mark Prendeville’s treatment was condemned as ‘horrifying’ by military figures and Air Force veterans – but follows a string of incidents in recent years where service personnel were snubbed because of their uniform.

Sergeant Prendeville, 38, was taken to the A&E department at Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, Kent, after chemicals from a fire extinguisher got in to his eyes during a training exercise.

The Express leads with the same story and even the Mirror covers it, buried away deep in the paper.

Migration

The Telegraph runs an article: “Walking with migrants: the diary of a journey from Greece to Berlin

Magdy Samaan, an Egyptian journalist who works for the Telegraph in Cairo, has joined migrants and refugees disembarking from ferries at the Greek port of Piraeus outside Athens, and will make the journey north with them, sharing their stories each day as he travels

Since the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 – long before the current migrant crisis – Athens has been one of Afghan refugees’ favourite destinations. But recently this community has been boosted with thousands of new migrants.

The ground road from Afghanistan to Athens is long and tough but over time it has become known to many, who even risk bringing their entire family all the way.

Today, hundreds of Afghans are camped in Victoria Square, near the centre of Athens, where a lot of their countrymen who migrated years earlier live. But Victoria Square and the area surrounding it is also famous for prostitution, drugs and crime.

The Guardian’s Natalie Nougayrede has a different take on what’s going on with: “The refugee crisis gives Europe the chance to evolve” (Ed: Note, continued use of the word refugee when most of the other media now says ‘economic migrants'”)

Europe has never had it so bad, goes the most recent conventional wisdom. Of course, things are bad. The refugee crisis has brought a spectacular show of disarray and dissent. Helplessness indeed seems to be the only thing European states really share. Leaders have squabbled over quotas, sovereignty, border controls, cultural identity (the notion that Christian refugees are more acceptable than Muslim ones) and even “moral imperialism” (to quote Hungary’s Viktor Orbán description of Angela Merkel’s refugee policy).

Politicians have been quicker to capitalise on populist sentiment at home than to seek humane, collective solutions. One easy conclusion is Cassandra-like, to declare Europe’s demise: the advantage of pessimism is that you never look naive. So Schengen is the relic of a long-lost era when borders could easily be abolished. Fear and nationalist reflexes are back. The 2008 financial crash took too big a toll on the euro. Ukraine’s war has brought down Europe’s eastern policy. The list goes on. Really, things are bad. Europhobes left and right are having a field day.

The Mail has a different tack in: “Germany in a state of SIEGE: Merkel was cheered when she opened the floodgates to migrants. Now, with gangs of men roaming the streets and young German women being told to cover up, the mood’s changing

On the busy shopping street in Giessen, a German university town twinned with Winchester, migrant Atif Zahoor tucks into a chicken dish with his brother and cousin at the curry restaurant Chillie To Go. They have left good jobs back in Karachi, Pakistan, and now want to be Europeans.

In late July the three slipped into Germany with their wives and children, using illegal documents. They live together in a five-bedroom house, rented for them by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government, a 40-minute drive away from Giessen, which is home to the biggest migrants’ camp in the country.

‘We paid a trafficking agent for false visas to fly here to Germany,’ says 34-year-old Atif. ‘We claimed asylum and came to Giessen camp with other migrants. Three weeks ago, because we had families, they gave us a proper home.’

Atif is well-dressed and speaks perfect English. He used to be a transport manager at Karachi airport and is from a well-to-do family. Between mouthfuls of curry, he adds: ‘But there is violence between political gangs in Karachi. Lots of people are leaving for Europe. The trafficker decided that Germany was the place for us because it is welcoming refugees.’

UKIP

The Telegraph’s coverage tries to stir up some kind of dissent with: “Ukip party conference: civil war rages over EU campaign

Nigel Farage has accused his only MP of having “residual loyalties” to the Tory party after Douglas Carswell suggested he would not back the Ukip-endorsed campaign to leave the EU. Civil war broke out at Ukip’s Doncaster conference on Friday after one of the party’s biggest donors, who is supported by Mr Farage, threatened Mr Carswell with deselection unless he backed the Leave.EU group.

Aaron Banks, the man behind the group, warned Douglas Carswell he must abandon his support for the rival group Business for Britain, or risk being thrown out of the party. The businessman also accused him of being “borderline autistic, with some mental illness attached”.

(Ed: Breitbart explains that Nigel’s comment on Douglas was taken out of context, and Nigel expressed it more out of sympathy for Douglas’ position, but there is enmity between Aaron Banks and Douglas)

The Express reports in a more balanced way: “Crucial step in fight to QUIT EU: Anti-Brussels groups join forces to win referendum

A string of pressure groups and think tanks with thousands of activists between them are coming together with Ukip to back a new umbrella group called “Leave.EU”. It will fight for an end to the UK’s ties with Brussels under the new slogan: “Love Europe, Leave the EU.” The new campaign force is to be unveiled today at the UK Independence Party’s annual conference in Doncaster.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage said last night: “I’m delighted all these groups are uniting for the great cause of taking Britain out of the EU. It is fantastic that the Ukip conference in Doncaster today [friday] is the arena where this historic coming together is formally taking place. I am looking forward to working with everyone who wants to free the UK from Brussels rule and put forward our arguments about taking back control of our borders, getting back our democracy and not handing £55million a day to the EU.”

Education

The Mail reports: “Unteachable! Schools struggle to cope with unruly pupils who are suspended up to 50 times a year

Classroom hooligans are being repeatedly suspended from school up to 50 times a year, shocking statistics show. These ‘unteachables’ are suspended so often for offences such as assaults, abuse and bullying that dozens are missing out on the equivalent of a whole term’s worth of lessons.

Figures from the Department for Education, disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act, show that 1,169 children were temporarily excluded on at least ten occasions last year. But shockingly, 50 of these pupils were so disruptive they ended up being suspended at least 20 times during the school year.

One child was suspended 49 times during the school year, missing 51 days of schooling. Another child was absent for 60 whole days – almost one third of the school year – after being suspended on 24 separate occasions.

With a school term being the equivalent of around 30 school days under the six-term system, a total of 30 children were suspended so many times that they missed a term’s worth of education.

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