The papers are divided over the lead stories today.
The Mail is one of those to cover the ‘smoking gun’ email which former PM Tony Blair is alleged to have sent to US President George W Bush a full year before the Iraq war, despite alleging that he wanted peace.
A bombshell White House memo has revealed for the first time details of the ‘deal in blood’ forged by Tony Blair and George Bush over the Iraq War.
The sensational leak shows that Blair had given an unqualified pledge to sign up to the conflict a year before the invasion started.
It flies in the face of the Prime Minister’s public claims at the time that he was seeking a diplomatic solution to the crisis.
He told voters: ‘We’re not proposing military action’ – in direct contrast to what the secret email now reveals.15
The classified document also discloses that Blair agreed to act as a glorified spin doctor for the President by presenting ‘public affairs lines’ to convince a sceptical public that Saddam had Weapons of Mass Destruction – when none existed.
In return, the President would flatter Blair’s ego and give the impression that Britain was not America’s poodle but an equal partner in the ‘special relationship’.
The Mail also covers a story which claims inmates in a British jail are being pressured to convert to Islam or face persecution.
Muslims dominate a high-security jail for the first time, sparking fear among other prisoners and staff, a report reveals.
Half of inmates at Whitemoor are now Muslims. It is believed to be the highest proportion in any British jail and double the number recorded less than a decade ago.
They form the ‘biggest power bloc’ in the Category A prison, taking over from the previous ‘gangs’, according to watchdogs.
‘About half the prisoners on Whitemoor’s main wings are Muslim, profoundly affecting the social nature of the jail and disrupting established hierarchies,’ the Independent Monitoring Board said.
Its report went on: ‘Against this background we note that some prisoners and staff found the Muslim presence overwhelming. The social and religious fragmentation within Whitemoor potentially posed risks for discipline and hence safety.’
It noted that some ‘faith awareness training’ was being carried out but the religious gulf within the jail had been underestimated.
And in Sweden there is a similar story, according to Breitbart..
A spate of Islamist graffiti in the multiculturalist Swedish city Gothenburg has been compared to the harassment of the Jewish community in Germany in the 1930s, with Christian business owners being told to “convert or die”.
The threats are yet another conflict imported to Europe from the Levant, as the Assyrian Christian Asmar family awoke to find their pizza parlour had been daubed with threats in red paint. Their experience is becoming increasingly common in the city, as legitimate asylum seekers fleeing persecution find it has followed them to Northern Europe, thanks to Sweden’s open door immigration policy.
The Goteborgs-Posten records the remarks of the local Assyrian association’s president: “Imagine yourself having fled from persecution in a country and then to find yourself staying next door to ISIS sympathizers here in Sweden. It is everyday life for many people”.
The Express reports that a hero Army dog who is an expert at sniffing out bombs has been shot dead.
A BOMB-SNIFFING dog that survived two tours of duty in Iraq has been shot dead by a cyclist who felt threatened.
The 9-year-old Belgian Malionis named Mike was a service dog for former soldier Matthew Bessler who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder and a brain injury after serving six times abroad.
The army veteran was hunting in the mountains when Mike was shot by a cyclist.
The 59-year-old man said he was attacked by a “German shepherd-looking dog which he fended off using his bicycle before grabbing a revolver to kill the animal.
But neighbours claim they did not hear Mike barking before the gunshot.
Mr Bessler said: “If the guy was actually fending the dogs off with a bicycle, Mike would have really been barking, and there was no barking.
“There was no barking. It was just a gunshot.”
He spent 16 months with Mike detecting explosives and hunting insurgents on two of his Iraq tours.
They both earned the Bronze Star – one of the military’s highest achievement awards.
The Express claims an exclusive story in which a senior MP was ‘ridiculed’ by the BBC for questioning climate change
THE BBC was yesterday accused of bias in its coverage of climate change after a senior MP was “ridiculed” for attempting to question the extent of global warming.
Peter Lilley, a long standing member of the energy and climate select committee, has made a formal complaint to director general Lord Hall after discovering that mandarins had issued an apology following claims he made that the effects of climate change were being exaggerated.
Appearing on BBC Radio 4’s ‘What’s the Point of The Met Office’, Mr Lilley stated that, while he “accepted the thesis that more CO2 in the atmosphere will marginally warm up the earth”, he questioned the assertion that global warming would be as dramatic as is being portrayed in some scientific circles.
Mr Lilley, who graduated with a degree in natural sciences at Cambridge University, said: “I’m a ‘lukewarmist’, one who thinks that there won’t be much warming as a result of it, and that’s the scientifically proven bit of the theory. Anything going on the alarmist scale is pure speculation.”
Referring to the Met Office, he added: “The sad thing is that they’ve become committed to a particular pseudo-scientific doctrine and are now unwilling to change that doctrine when the facts refute it.”
Mr Lilley was horrified to discover that the BBC later placed “health warnings” on the programme’s website, and issued an apology for “giving voice to climate sceptics” and failing to “make clear that they are a minority, out of step with the scientific consensus.”
In another exclusive, the Independent reports that new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is considering adopting a Nato spending guarantee in a rethink of his party’s defence policy
Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, is considering adopting the Nato commitment of spending 2 per cent of national income on defence, even though he has previously opposed the target.
It is understood that some of the small group of MPs who back Mr Corbyn, who has suffered a difficult first few weeks in charge, believe making the commitment would head off accusations that he is weak on defence. Making the commitment has been suggested as part of Mr Corbyn’s broader review of party policies.
Committing to 2 per cent would also provide him with cover to pursue one of his most important personal causes, scrapping the Trident nuclear deterrent, an issue he has campaigned on for nearly 50 years.
Mr Corbyn had hoped to push this principle through last month’s Labour conference, but the issue was not debated and replacing the four ageing submarines that carry Trident missiles remains party policy. Scrapping Trident would put Mr Corbyn at odds with Maria Eagle, his shadow defence secretary, who made clear her position on nuclear weapons when she was appointed last month.
Bill of Rights
The Independent claims a British Bill of Rights is to be fast-tracked into law by next summer
The Government is planning to fast-track the creation of a British Bill of Rights, aiming to get the hotly contested legislation on to the statute books by next summer.
MPs thought the Lord Chancellor, Michael Gove, would delay the Bill, which would scrap the 1998 Human Rights Act (HRA), until later this Parliament, because it warranted only 12 words in the Queen’s Speech in May. A Bill of Rights was a manifesto pledge, but is opposed by civil liberties groups that think it will restrict freedoms guaranteed under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).
The HRA incorporated the ECHR in British law. Many, predominantly Conservatives, believe the HRA has been misinterpreted, so that decisions in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg could be regarded as taking precedence over the UK’s Supreme Court. For example, the UK bans prisoners from voting, which Strasbourg says contravenes the ECHR.
The migrant crisis continues to rattle on. The BBC reports that thousands have entered Slovenia following the closure of Hungary’s border.
Around 2,700 arrived in Slovenia on Saturday and more were expected overnight. Most aim to travel on to Austria, Germany and other countries.
Slovenia’s army has been placed on standby to help police deal with the influx, Prime Minister Miro Cerar said.
He said Slovenia would accept the migrants as long as Austria and Germany kept their borders open.
Hungary said it closed its border with Croatia at midnight on Friday because European Union leaders had failed to agree a plan to stem the flow of asylum seekers.
Last month it also shut its frontier with Serbia, which was another transit route to Western Europe.
On Saturday, hundreds of refugees were bussed across Croatia, from its border with Serbia to its border with Slovenia.
Many had spent weeks walking through Greece, Macedonia and Serbia to reach the Croatian border.
Slovenian authorities registered them and then arranged transport to the Austrian frontier.
And the Express reports that more than 20,000 illegals have been arrested after sneaking into Britain.
BRITAIN’S border chaos was laid bare today as it emerged that police have arrested more than 20,000 people who successfully smuggled themselves past immigration guards in the last three years alone.
Tens of thousands of migrants are evading feeble security patrols by stowing away in the backs of lorries and cargo containers, with many making it into the heart of England before being discovered.
Overwhelmed cops have arrested an astonishing 20,806 people on suspicion of illegal entry in just three years – enough to fill a town the size of Market Harborough.
But that is just a tiny fraction of the overall number arriving, as most will manage to successfully ghost into the country before disappearing into the untraceable black market.
And the evidence suggests that record numbers could be caught this year, with some areas seeing huge increases in arrests in the first six months of 2015.
The figures blow a huge hole in David Cameron’s pledge to reduce net migration to Britain to the tens of thousands and unmask the chaos gripping the Government’s immigration policy.
Breitbart claims the government is bullying businesses who want to campaign to ‘leave’.
Government officials have been accused of using “bully boy tactics” as they desperately try to stop businesses campaigning for Britain to leave the European Union (EU).
With Downing Street becoming increasingly worried with the lacklustre pro-EU campaign, whose official launch received widespread mockery earlier this week, the Prime Minister’s key aides have taken to phoning senior businessmen, begging them to back EU membership.
At the same time they are also asking them to sign a letter backing David Cameron’s renegotiation strategy, even though it is now highly unlikely to include any substantial changes to Britain’s EU membership.
One millionaire Conservative Party donor, who did not wish to be named, told The Sun: “I received a call from No. 10. They want to find people to sign up to a letter attacking the Vote Leave campaign.
“I have always been a strong supporter of the party but am concerned about these bully boy tactics.
“I wish they were spending more effort on getting a good EU deal than trying to scare long-standing Conservative supporters.”