Terror Attacks

All the papers cover this one way and another, focusing on the Tunisia attack where most of the victims were British:

Daily Telegraph (rolling timeline report)

The Guardian (Eye-witness report)

The Independent (broad report)

Daily Mail with a chilling headline: Killer joked as he selected his sunbathing victims before opening fire with an AK47,

The Express also has an article relating to threats to Armed Forces Day, which is today.

The Mirror reports on a human shield’s bravery.

The Guardian reports on the Tunisian government’s retaliatory response: “Tunisia prime minister to shut mosques inciting terrorism as Isis claims attack

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack in Tunisia in which a young man pulled a Kalashnikov from a beach umbrella and began firing, killing at least 39 people.

The majority of those killed were British, Tunisia’s prime minister, Habib Essid, has reportedly said. Five of the 38 dead have so far been confirmed as Britons by the British foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, but he warned that number could rise.

The Site Intelligence Group reported Isis had claimed credit for Friday’s attack on its Twitter account as Essid said he would immediately close mosques outside the control of the ministry of religious affairs and call army reservists into active service and place them around the country. “No mosque that does not conform to the law will be tolerated,” he said, referring to those that incite to terrorism.

Life in the Islamic State

An Independent reporter tells of: Day-to-day life in the ‘Islamic State’ – where any breach of restrictive, divinely inspired rules is savagely punished

Even in a city as dangerous as Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad, Salem had a peculiarly dangerous occupation which meant that he was at risk of corporal punishment and financial ruin every day he lived there. A 35-year-old man, who, like everybody else in this article, does not want his real name published, he is the sole bread-winner of his family and also cares for his sick and elderly father. At the time Isis took over Fallujah in January last year, he was earning his living as a barber.

During the first six months of Isis occupation, the militants were generally moderate in their enforcement of Islamic fundamentalist regulations. Isis did not have a complete monopoly of power in the city and did want to alienate its people. But on important issues of principle, such as the correct Islamic haircut, the militants were adamant from the beginning. Beards were obligatory: no man could be clean shaven and Western haircuts were forbidden. “Shaving was prohibited and the punishment for shaving someone was severe,” says Salem.

Greek Referendum

The Telegraph reports that Greeks announce shock referendum on euro future throwing banking system into turmoil

Greece’s prime minister has announced a snap referendum in a last-ditch attempt to get the country’s European creditors to back down over their demands and secure the country’s precarious eurozone future.

Alexis Tsipras called the shock vote, to be held on on July 5, having spent Friday night holed up in an emergency meeting with his cabinet.

The question to be put before voters is whether or not the country is willing to submit to the conditions being demanded by the International Monetary Fund, European Union and European Central Bank.

The Guardian and Independent also report on this.

Minimum Wage

The Mail reports that Tesco shareholders attack bosses over staff’s ‘slave wages’ after it emerges taxpayer is topping up employees’ incomes

Tesco was condemned yesterday for failing to pay the Living Wage to shop workers while turning failed executives into millionaires. Bosses at the firm, which posted a record annual loss of £6.4billion last year, faced fierce criticism over the supermarket’s decline at an annual meeting of its small shareholders.

Amid falling sales, the company is at the centre of a Serious Fraud Office investigation into allegations trading profits were artificially inflated by £326million. Shareholders said Tesco’s failure to pay the Living Wage – £7.85 an hour, or £9.15 in London – meant the taxpayer had to make up the shortfall through tax credit payments, estimated at £364million last year.

Opinion Polling

The Telegraph has a leader from Dan Hodges where he says: Yes, the pollsters lied – and here’s the proof

Fair play to the pollsters. They’re not taking their abject failure on 7 May lying down. Hell no. Earlier in the week I accused them of deliberately “herding” their results, and they’ve hit back. Actually, they’ve used someone else to hit back, pointing to this analysis by polling analyst Matt Singh.

“Right, Hodges,” they’ve tweeted. “Where’s your evidence of manipulation now? Proof. Show us the proof.”

Here’s the proof. It won’t contain graphs or bell curves. Sorry. (Read his article to see the proof)

Gay Marriage

The Guardian reports from the USA: “Gay marriage declared legal across the US in historic supreme court ruling

Same-sex marriages are now legal across the entirety of the United States after a historic supreme court ruling that declared attempts by conservative states to ban them unconstitutional.

In what may prove the most important civil rights case in a generation, five of the nine court justices determined that the right to marriage equality was enshrined under the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment.

Victory in the case – known as Obergefell v Hodges, after an Ohio man who sued the state to get his name listed on his late husband’s death certificate – capped years of campaigning by LGBT rights activists, high-powered attorneys and couples waiting decades for the justices to rule. It immediately led to scenes of jubilation from coast to coast, as campaigners, politicians and everyday people – gay, straight and in-between – hailed “a victory of love”.

EU Referendum

The Mail reveals: How Cameron will warn exiting the EU is ‘risky’ as part of ‘firm aim’ to stop Britain voting to leave.

David Cameron plans to warn British voters that anything other than remaining in the European Union would be ‘risky’, it emerged today. Leaked details of the Prime Minister’s talks with other EU leaders reveal he has set himself the ‘firm aim’ of keeping the UK in the EU, in a move likely to infuriate Eurosceptics.

Mr Cameron hoped to use a two-day summit in Brussels to boost support for his reform demands, but has been forced to admit he will not secure treaty change before his planned in-out referendum. And his pitch to the leaders of 27 other member states was reduced to a 10-minute speech during a marathon dinner dominated by a row over how to deal with migrants flocking to Europe from north Africa.

Oddly, the Express reports on Cameron’s counter to this claim: David Cameron blasts claims he was trying to SCARE Britons into EU yes vote

House of Lords

The Independent reports Increase in Lib Dem peers risks sparking a ‘crisis’ in the House of Lords as rivals complain party is already over-represented.

The imminent elevation of more former Liberal Democrat MPs to the House of Lords risks sparking a constitutional crisis – as rivals complain that the party is already grossly over-represented in the second chamber.

Several defeated Lib Dem MPs are set to receive life peerages in the coming weeks as a thank you for the five years they were aligned with the Conservatives in coalition.

Names believed to be on the list include the former Lib Dem leader Sir Menzies Campbell and the long serving MP Sir Alan Beith. Charles Kennedy was also believed to be in line for a peerage, before his sudden death…

…Ukip scored 12.6 per cent of the popular vote at the general election. Under a proportional system, nearly 70 of the 552 party affiliated peers would be from Ukip. In fact, there are only two Ukip peers.

Calais Migrants

Nigel Farage now writes regularly for Breitbart and this week has this: Directionless EU means migrant crisis in Calais can only get worse

Every month the European Parliament migrates to Strasbourg for a few days.  The travel connections between the UK and Strasbourg are a nightmare and so I normally drive. Last month as I came back from Strasbourg and got to the EuroTunnel at Calais, access to the car entry was somewhat blocked by hundreds of lorries and I had to queue with the lorries for 15 minutes before accessing the right lane.

The sight around me was quite astounding. There were literally hundreds of migrants queued by the roadside, running across the motorway and trying to enter the stationary lorries…

…Be in no doubt that this crisis can only worsen. In the middle of the General Election campaign I flew to Strasbourg to give a speech. Our friends at the BBC described it as “Nigel Farage taking a break from campaigning”. What I tried to do was to inject a new element into the dull, negative campaign by pointing out that the boat loads of migrants coming from North Africa had the ability to turn into an exodus of biblical proportions.

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