EU

Top men in the EU still don’t understand why they can’t dictate policy, reports the Express.

BRUSSELS bureaucrats have angrily defended what they see as their right to dictate Europe’s political future amid a growing backlash against their authority following the Brexit vote.
Defensive, unelected eurocrats fired off a prickly response when their legitimacy to make decisions which affect the lives of hundreds of millions of people was openly questioned this week.
And they flatly refused to take a look in the mirror and evaluate whether the EU Commission has gone too far in its meddling in member states’ affairs.
The furore comes after Hungary leader Viktor Orban said Jean-Claude Juncker’s army of bureaucrats had grown too big for their boots and were frequently overstepping their mandate by making overtly political interventions.
In a question to the Commission the Hungarian MEP Dr. István Ujhelyi, who is part of the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) grouping at the European Parliament, asked eurocrats whether they would consider curbing their own power.

And Breitbart reports that one of the European presidents has dismissed popular opinion as a disease.

Populism is a “virus” that poses the main threat to the European Union (EU) project, European Council President Donald Tusk warned in an address to an influential Brussels think tank with close ties to the Open Society Foundations.
Asserting that Adolf Hitler came to power because people lost faith in “the moderate centre”, the Council president essentially marked anyone who opposes the status quo in politics as a danger, in his speech to the European Policy Centre last night.
Tusk announced that opposition to “liberal democracy” threatens to disintegrate the EU “in a political and ideological sense” before branding voters skeptical of Brussels and of undemocratic trade deals as carriers of a “virus”.

Brexit

Trade deals or immigration controls? That is the question answered by Reuters.

Britons who want the government to prioritise favourable trade deals with the European Union when negotiating Britain’s exit from the bloc outnumber those who think it should prioritise reducing immigration, a poll has found.
Britons voted by 52 to 48 percent in a June referendum to quit the 28-member bloc after a campaign in which those advocating a “leave” vote focused heavily on immigration and promised that ‘Brexit’ would make it easier to reduce it.
The government is expected to formally start two years of negotiations on the terms of Britain’s departure by the end of March. Its challenge is to secure as much access as possible to the EU’s single market while also restricting the freedom of movement from other EU countries that is one of the market’s main pillars.

And the Independent also covers the question.

The British public think a good trade deal with the EU is more important than cutting immigration when deciding the terms of Brexit, according to an exclusive ComRes poll for The Independent. The finding will strengthen the hand of Theresa May’s critics who say her emphasis on curbing free movement of EU workers risks a hard Brexit that would damage the British economy.
Half of the public, 49 per cent, said “the Government should prioritise getting favourable trade deals with EU countries when negotiating the UK’s exit from the EU”, whereas only 39 per cent said the Government should “prioritise reducing immigration”.

The Express claims the Tories have already started making changes.

THE Conservative Party has wound up its fighting fund for MEPs.
Even before Prime Minister Theresa May announced she will trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, to leave the EU by the end of March 2019, Conservative Party associations were told they would no longer have to contribute to the European election campaign
fund.
They were also told that any funds already contributed would be reimbursed.
The decision is symbolic of Mrs May’s determination that “Brexit should mean Brexit”.
At the last European elections in 2014, the Conservative Party’s fighting fund was worth almost £3million.
Although a small amount compared with Britain’s £9billion net contribution to Brussels, it is the first of what many hope will be a series of financial gains from Brexit.

BBC

A report has confirmed that the BBC is biased, claims Breitbart.

Listeners to BBC Radio 4 are two and a half times more likely to hear the opinions of a pro-EU speaker than from anti-EU guests despite Britain’s recent vote to leave the EU, research has found. MPs on both sides of the house written to BBC bosses in protest, saying the figure points to clear bias within the Corporation.
Recent research by think tank News Watch, which analysed a group of 31 Radio 4 programmes and Features re-released by the channel in an i-Player series entitled “The Brexit Collection” found clear indications of bias within the eleven and a half hours of programming.
News Watch’s report noted: “There were no attempts in any programme to explore the benefits of leaving the EU, but conversely, Brexit came under sustained negative attack.

Anti-semitic Labour

Many of the media cover an accusation of anti-semitism within the Labour Party. ITV News says:

The Conservatives have accused Labour of having a “very real problem with anti-Semitism” after a damning independent report said Jeremy Corbyn failed to provide leadership in tackling the issue.
The cross-party Home Affairs Select Committee questioned whether the Labour leader “fully appreciates” the nature of post-war anti-Semitism and criticised the inquiry into the issue by Labour peer Baroness Chakrabarti.
It accused the party of “incompetence” over its handling of allegations of anti-Semitism by party members including former London mayor
Ken Livingstone and former Momentum vice-chairwoman Jackie Walker .
“The failure of the Labour Party to deal consistently and effectively with anti-Semitic incidents in recent years risks lending force to allegations that elements of the Labour movement are institutionally anti-Semitic,” the report said.

BBC News also carries a report.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has not done enough to tackle anti-Semitism in the party, a committee of MPs has said.
The Home Affairs Select Committee report criticised him for a lack of “consistent leadership” on the issue, which it said benefited people with “vile attitudes” towards Jewish people.
Mr Corbyn accused the committee of a “disproportionate” emphasis on Labour.
The MPs also criticised Twitter, which they said hosted “vast swathes” of hate speech and abuse aimed at Jews.
Their report said the social network should do more to identify abusers. A spokesman for Twitter said it tackled hateful conduct “head-on”.
The report by five Conservative, one SNP and two Labour MPs made unanimous recommendations to Twitter, the police and politicians on how to deal with and tackle anti-Semitism.

Reuters blames the party’s leader.

Britain’s opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has not done enough to stamp out anti-Jewish sentiment in his party, a prominent parliamentary committee said on Sunday.
Lawmakers on the multi-party Home Affairs Committee said the veteran socialist had a proud record fighting racism but his lack of command on the issue had created a safe space in Labour ranks “for those with vile attitudes towards Jewish people”.
“The failure of the Labour Party to deal consistently and effectively with anti-Semitic incidents in recent years risks lending force to allegations that elements of the Labour movement are institutionally anti-Semitic,” the report said.

As does Sky News.

Jeremy Corbyn has been condemned by an all-party group of MPs for failing to provide “consistent leadership” in tackling anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.
In a damning report, MPs on the Home Affairs Select Committee question whether he “fully appreciates” the nature of post-war anti-Semitism and claim he has created a “safe space” for it.
The MPs also criticise a Labour Party report on the issue by lawyer Shami Chakrabarti and accuse the party of “incompetence” over its handling of Ken Livingstone’s outbursts about Hitler.

Even the Guardian reports the Corbyn criticism.

Jeremy Corbyn has come under strong personal attack from a cross-party committee of MPs investigating the growth of antisemitism for helping to create a safe space for people with “vile attitudes towards Jewish people”.
In a damning indictment of the party and its leader, the powerful home affairs select committee claims that Corbyn’s lack of action “risks lending force to allegations that elements of the Labour movement are institutionally antisemitic”.
In the report, published on Sunday,
Labour is said to have been “demonstrably incompetent” in dealing with incidents of anti-Jewish abuse.
An inquiry into antisemitism in Labour carried out by
Shami Chakrabarti on the orders of Corbyn earlier this year is described as “ultimately compromised”. Its independence was thrown into doubt by Chakrabarti’s acceptance of a peerage and a job in the shadow cabinet, the committee writes.

The Independent quotes the report as calling the party ‘incompetent’.

The Labour Party was incompetent in its handling of anti-Semitic incidents within its party, and Jeremy Corbyn has not provided “consistent leadership” in dealing with anti-Semitism, according to a detailed and damning report by the Home Affairs Select Committee.
The cross-party report, which was begun under the chairmanship of Labour MP Keith Vaz who has since stood down, questions whether the Labour leader “fully appreciates” what anti-Semitism is, in the years since the foundation of the state of Israel, and was fiercely critical of the party’s own internal anti-Semitism investigation, led by Shami Chakrabarti, who has since been given a seat in the House of Lords and is now serving as shadow Attorney General.
The failure of the Labour Party to deal consistently and effectively with anti-Semitic incidents in recent years risks lending force to allegations that elements of the Labour movement are institutionally anti-Semitic,” the report says.

As does the Times

Jeremy Corbyn has allowed “institutional anti-semitism” to thrive in the Labour movement and has made his party a “safe space for those with vile attitudes towards Jewish people”, a damning report by an all-party committee of MPs has concluded.
In a withering judgment on the Labour leader, MPs on the home affairs select committee concluded that Corbyn has shown a “lack of consistent leadership” in tackling anti-semitic abuse within the Labour ranks.

The Telegraph says the inquiry chairman is also criticised.

Jeremy Corbyn has helped create a “safe space” for anti-Semites in Britain, a cross-party parliamentary report says in a damning indictment of his leadership.
In conclusions endorsed by Labour and Tory MPs, it is claimed Mr Corbyn does not fully understand the nature of modern-day racism against Jews.
Baroness Chakrab
arti, who took a peerage offered by Mr Corbyn weeks after overseeing an inquiry into Labour anti-Semitism , is also singled out for severe criticism.
Her decision to join the House of Lords “completely undermines” attempts to hold the party to account and her recommendations are “ultimately compromised”, the report says. She is criticised for “absolving the Labour leader of any responsibility” and suggesting allegations should only be investigated if they occurred in the last two years.
The report concludes that repeated failures to tackle claims will increase fears that parts of the Labour movement are “institutionally anti-Semitic”.

NHS

ITV News reports on the problems with midwives.

The NHS spent £25 million on agency midwives last year, double that of two years ago, according to a new report.
The study, from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), found a rapid rise in spending on agency staff to plug rota gaps and overtime.
The government has introduced caps on how much NHS trusts can pay agency staff in a bid to clamp down on spiralling costs which have helped fuel a £2.5 billion deficit.
But the report found that hospitals still rely heavily on agencies paying an average of £41.25 per hour for midwives with around half of the cost going to the agency.
Just 46 of the of the 123 NHS trusts that responded to a Freedom of Information request by the RCM used agency staff in 2015 but the fees accounted for a huge £24.95 million spend.

And the Guardian expands the subject to include all agency medics.

The NHS has slashed more than £600m from the billions it pays every year for temporary doctors and nurses by cracking down on fees paid to “rip-off” staffing agencies, new figures reveal.
Gaps in hospital rotas sent the bill for temporary staff soaring from £2.2bn in 2009-10 to £3.6bn last year. But hospitals have halted the relentless increase in recent years of the rates for stand-in personnel needed to ease chronic understaffing and ensure patient safety on wards.
Data compiled by NHS Improvement, which regulates the health service in England, shows that hospitals spent £613m less since the blitz on agency staff began on 15 October last year, compared to the 12 months before caps on hourly rates were brought in.
In August, for example, NHS trusts spent £252m on agency staff – £61m (19.5%) less than the £313m they paid out in the same month the year before. Similarly, in July they spent £256m compared to their £331m outlay in July 2015.

The Times gives an example of agency pay.

NHS hospitals have had to pay up to £155 an hour for doctors despite a cap introduced last year on the amount trusts could spend on agency locums.
One hospital in the north of England paid more than £10,000 a week for three locum agency doctors. Two locum agency doctors between them racked up more than 4,400 hours over a year, which equates to them each working more than eight hours every weekday.

And the Guardian claims the Prime Minister does not accept the dire situation.

Theresa May is failing to understand the seriousness of the situation facing the NHS as winter approaches, the British Medical Association has said after it emerged the NHS would be promised no additional funding in the autumn statement.
May dashed any hopes of a cash boost in next month’s economic announcement when she met Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, senior NHS sources have told the Guardian. Instead she told him that the NHS should urgently focus on making efficiencies to fill the £22bn hole in its finances, and not publicly seek more than the “£10bn extra” that ministers insist they have already pledged to provide during this parliament.
Dr Anthea Mowat, the BMA representative body chair, said there was “a lack of understanding from the prime minister about just how serious the situation is”. She added: “Failure to invest now will result in a disaster in the future, both financially and in terms of patient health and care.”

Calais

In ‘the Jungle’, Breitbart claims helpers are being turned away.

British volunteers travelling to Calais with donations for migrants have been turned back at the border, over concerns that they may be whipping up civil unrest in the region.
Teacher Holly Kal-Weiss was en-route to Calais with a car full of clothes and food for the migrants on Friday when she was denied access to the Eurotunnel train at the English terminal in Folkestone, Kent. She told the Guardian she was handed a French document, with a box ticked indicating that she was “thought to represent a danger to public order or internal security”.
Kal-Weiss then tried driving to nearby Dover to make the trip via Ferry instead, only to be turned back at that port too. She then returned to London with the goods still in her car.
I am the least threatening person in the world,” she claimed. “The car was full of tins of food, milk, sugar, coffee, tea, sleeping bags and tents, nothing very scary looking.”

Russia

Russian warships are due to sail through the English Channel, reports the Mail.

The Royal Navy is on red alert after it was revealed that Russia plans to sail a fleet of warships along the British coast as it makes it way to Syria.
Russia’s flagship Admiral Kuznetsov and seven additional vessels will pass the UK on their voyage to the war-torn country as it prepares to bomb rebel forces in Aleppo.
The fleet is expected to carry out practice bombing north of Scotland before potentially sailing down the English Channel – a mile off the coast of Britain.
It comes amid rapidly escalating tensions between the west and Russia, as the Kremlin looks to give a show of strength right on the doorstep of the UK.
Two British warships, possibly HMS Duncan and HMS Richmond, will be deployed by the Royal Navy to escort the vessels past Britain,
The Times reported.
The Russian ships could arrive in Britain as soon as early next week, with their departure from the naval port of Severomorsk expected any moment.

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