Trump

The Sun is one of the media focusing the latest move by the new US president to ensure that Muslims do not enter his country.

MUSLIM air travellers were refused entry to America yesterday as Donald Trump’s immigration ban kicked in, causing airport chaos.
Several were in transit when President Trump signed the order placing a 90-day pause on immigration from seven mostly Muslim countries.
Among them were an Iranian scientist heading for Boston and visa-holder Hameed Khalid Darweesh, an Iraqi translator working with US troops.
Hameed was held for 17 hours at New York’s JFK Airport before he was allowed to join his family, who had already been admitted. Another Iraqi, Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, was released on Saturday after 24 hours’ detention during his trip to Texas to join his wife and son.
Ten others were still being held at JFK last night as protesters gathered outside to condemn the Muslim ban and a 120-day suspension on taking in refugees.

The Telegraph warns that UK citizens could be affected by the ban.

British citizens travelling to America on UK passports will be blocked from entering if they have dual-citizenship with countries targeted in Donald Trump’s refugees banned. The US State Department said that Britons with dual nationality with the countries Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen will be stopped at the American border for the next 90 days.
However, in a separate development last night, a US judge issued a temporary halt of deportations people who had already arrived in the US with valid visa but were being denied entry at border control. Thousands of people took part in protests at airports all over the country last night as the backlash grew.
The revelation about Britons sent Downing Street scrambling for a response and has triggered uproar from MPs.
Politicians said tens of thousands of Britons could be caught up in the border chaos as Mr Trump’s new immigration rules impact on holidays and business trips.

The Mail reports an emergency block on the bank.

A federal court has granted an emergency stay blocking the deportation of migrants detained at airports around the United States due to Donald Trump’s immigration ban.
The federal court for the Eastern District of New York issued the stay Saturday evenin after only two of 12 refugees held at JFK airport were released, after 14 and 24 hours respectively. The ACLU had filed a petition on their behalf, but the stay is effective nationwide. Under the stay, none of the travelers held at airports across the nation can be sent back. However, the measure doesn’t mean they have to be allowed into the country – leaving them in a grey area.
Earlier on Saturday, Donald Trump defended his new immigration measures, which prompted outrage as migrants were barred from entering the United States, including families of refugees and Ivy League students.
The president denied that his executive order, which bars refugees and citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the US, was a Muslim ban.
He maintained that the ban was ‘working very nicely’ while chaos broke out in airports as migrants were stopped and some non-American citizens realized they were now barred from the country where they were studying or had lived, perhaps for years.

ITV News also reports the temporary stay.

A US judge has issued a stay temporarily halting the deportation of visa holders or refugees President Trump issued an executive order.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a legal case Saturday morning in response to the order.
The group estimates that between 100 and 200 people are being detained at airports or in transit.
There are scenes of chaos at airports across the US after Donald Trump imposed a ban on people from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the country for 90 days.
Downing Street have said “immigration policy in the United States is a matter for the government of the United States” but the PM does “not agree with this kind of approach”.

But our own Prime Minister does not agree with the ban, says Sky News.

Theresa May does “not agree” with Donald Trump’s immigration restrictions and will make representations if it affects Britons, Number 10 says.
The Prime Minister clarified her position after earlier insisting it was up to the US government to devise its own policy.
A Downing Street official said: “Immigration policy in the United States is a matter for the government of the United States, just the same as immigration policy for this country should be set by our government.
“But we do not agree with this kind of approach and it is not one we will be taking.”
People from seven Muslim-majority nations are banned from entering America for 90 days under the President’s executive order, while Syrian refugees have been barred indefinitely.
There have been protests at several airports in the US, where visa holders have been denied permission to enter the country.

The Independent has the same story.

Theresa May “does not agree” with a contentious ban on immigration implemented by Donald Trump, Downing Street has said.
In a statement released late on Saturday evening, and responding to mounting anger from within her own party, the Prime Minister passed judgment on the President’s executive order on immigration, which bars entry to the US for citizens from seven countries in the Middle East and Africa.
A spokesman said: “Immigration policy in the United States is a matter for the government of the United States, just the same as immigration policy for this country should be set by our government.
“But we do not agree with this kind of approach and it is not one we will be taking.”
It came after a Conservative MP revealed he was subject to the ban.
Arriving back in the UK after a three-day visit to the US and Turkey, the No 10 spokesman added that British officials would be “studying” Mr Trump’s ban to assess the impact for British citizens.

The Guardian also reports our PM’s words.

Theresa May has issued a late-night statement saying she “does not agree” with Donald Trump’s ban on refugees and people from seven Muslim-majority countries entering the US, after coming under intense political pressure to condemn the order.
The prime minister released her comments through a spokesman shortly after midnight, saying the UK would “make representations” if British citizens were affected by the 90-day ban on travel to the US for those from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen.
“Immigration policy in the United States is a matter for the government of the United States, just the same as immigration policy for this country should be set by our government,” the spokesman said.
“But we do not agree with this kind of approach and it is not one we will be taking.

Labour Party

Back home, there is a crisis in the Labour Party, says the Guardian

Jeremy Corbyn is facing a serious revolt by grassroots Labour supporters who backed him to be leader as the party’s crisis over Brexit escalates rapidly.
With more members of Corbyn’s frontbench considering resigning – shadow Welsh secretary Jo Stevens became the first to quit the shadow cabinet on Friday – the rebellion is now spreading among local party members, who are furious at his support for Theresa May’s plans for triggering the article 50 process.
On Saturday night a highly critical open letter to the Labour leader, circulating on Facebook, had been signed by almost 2,000 members in constituency parties across the country, around half of whom are believed to have voted for Corbyn as leader. The letter, organised by a group calle
d Labour Against Brexit, accuses Corbyn of a “betrayal of your socialist values” and of backing a policy that will hurt working people.

The Express also covers the party’s problems.

MORE than a third of Labour MPs could vote against the Brexit bill, making a mockery of Jeremy Corbyn’s three-line whip on the issue.
Until now it had been thought that up to 60 would defy the party leader.
But sources say the number of rebels now stands at 80 – more one in three of the 229 Labour MPs in Parliament.
It comes after Mr Corbyn ordered his party to vote for the bill – which will give the Prime Minister the authority to begin the process of leaving the EU – fearing that rebelling against it would infuriate Labour supporters who voted Brexit.
Labour has been plunged into disarray by the rebellion, with shadow Welsh secretary Jo Stevens resigning on Friday ahead of next week’s first vote in the Commons.
She became the second frontbencher in 48 hours to stand down after shadow education minister Tulip Siddiq also decided she could not support the Bill.
Daniel Zeichner, shadow transport minister, shadow foreign office minister Catherine West and whips Jeff Smith and Thangam Debbonaire have all said they will vote against Article 50.

The newest website, Westmonster, calls the move ‘pathetic’.

A rump of Labour MPs are plotting to thwart Brexit completely next week.
Ringleader Heidi Alexander backed up by a dozen other Labour MPs plan to put a motion forward in Parliament next week that would effectively stop the Article 50 Bill to begin the Brexit process.
The pathetic justification for such a move from the group seems to be that there is no mandate for leaving the single market. Yet again they ignore the reality that all of the major players during the referendum from Cameron and Osborne to Farage and Gove made clear during the campaign that a single market exit was inevitable if the country voted Leave.
The Brexit blocking goes on from a political class who are doing their best to ignore the will of the British people. No wonder some of them love the EU way of doing things so much! Democracy is so inconvenient, right?

Sky News claims those who have resigned on principle could be given their jobs back soon.

Members of Jeremy Corbyn’s top team who resign over Brexit could have their jobs back “within months”, Tom Watson has told Sky News.
Labour’s deputy leader said he sympathised with colleagues who felt they could not vote to trigger Article 50 – as ordered by the party leader.
One of his shadow cabinet – shadow Welsh secretary Jo Stevens – has already resigned her post over the issue, while others are considering their position.
But rather than urging colleagues to unite behind their leader, Mr Watson suggested junior shadow ministers may not be sacked for doing so as is the convention.
He told Sky: “I hope that those colleagues who feel they need to leave the front bench because they feel strongly that they have to represent the interests of their voters don’t feel that this is the end.
“I hope that Jo Stevens will be back on the frontbenches in the months and years ahead,” he said, adding, “[she has a] very great role to play [in the future of the party].”

Conservative Party

In an exclusive report, the Telegraph claims the Tories are also planning a revolt.

Theresa May is facing a rebellion from Tory MPs over her refusal to publish a Brexit plan before a vote on starting talks, The Telegraph can reveal.
Pro-European Tories have warned that if the Government wants MPs to green-light the start of negotiations they need to publish a “White Paper” on what they want.
Dominic Grieve, the former attorney general, told this newspaper it was of the “utmost importance” that a plan is laid within the next fortnight.
Several other Tories are understood to support his position, with one saying a written plan is needed “as soon as possible” so MPs can interrogate the Government’s Brexit priorities.
The row poses the greatest threat of defeat to the Government as its historic legislation to start Brexit talks is debated in the House of Commons this week.

General Election

The Express reports that a secretive group of MPs is pushing the PM to hold a snap election,

THERESA May could call a General Election as early as next month in a bid to give the Prime Minister further legitimacy to push ahead with Brexit.
A covert group of Tory MPs, kept secret from even the Cabinet, has been putting together a plan since early December for the Prime Minister to call an election for February following a surge in support for the Conservative Party.
The move depended entirely on the outcome of the Supreme Court hearing held last month, with the Tory advisers saying the election would only happen if judges ruled against the Government’s appeal of a High Court decision which ruled parliamentary approval needs to be given before Article 50 can be triggered to start the process of leaving the European Union (EU).
On Tuesday, Supreme Court judges did just that, triggering the plans for a “mandate election” in which Theresa May would be put forwards as the champion of “the people versus the judges”.

Scotland

And north of the border, Nicola Sturgeon is still insisting we stay in the single market, says the Guardian.

Nicola Sturgeon has warned that time is running out for Theresa May to “heed the voice of Scotland” ahead of key Brexit talks.
Scotland’s first minister urged May to take proposals from the devolved administrations seriously when she chairs a “crucial” meeting of the joint ministerial committee (JMC) in Cardiff on Monday.
The JMC is a consultative body that coordinates the relationships between Downing Street and the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
On the agenda on Monday will be a Scottish government paper setting out options to keep Scotland in the European single market even if the UK leaves, reflecting the majority remain vote north of the border.
Proposals to stay in the single market have also been put forward by Labour’s Carwyn Jones, who is the Welsh first minister, and by Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood.
A spokesman for the British government insisted the proposals from the devolved administrations were being “studied carefully”.

EU

Across the channel, the EU is continuing to make laws in secret, says Breitbart.

New figures indicate that so-called “secret EU law making” in 2016 matched a previous all-time high, with every disagreement between the European Union (EU) Council and the European Parliament settled behind closed doors in private “trilogue” meetings.
According to figures obtained from the European Parliament by EUobserver, not one EU bill in 2016 proceeded from its first reading to a full second reading debate, with all disagreements between the EU Council and the European Parliament settled behind the scenes in meetings between small groups of leading MEPs and Council representatives, overseen by the European Commission.
Vicky Marissen of Pact European Affairs, a Brussels-based consultancy specialising in EU decision-making procedures, described the situation as “astonishing, but it is just a continuation of a trend that we have been seeing for quite a while now”.

And a Conservative MP has roundly criticised the EU, says the Express.

A TORY MP has launched a blistering attack on the European Union, describing it as “dead and buried” and urging other countries to take back control of their affairs by following Britain out of the exit door.
Conservative Daniel Kawczynski mocked Brussels over its repeated failures on issues including migration and economic stagnation, and said its form of supranational governance was a relic of the past.
In a passionate intervention the backbencher called for a return to friendly relations between independent countries and “prayed” that others to quit the bloc in the near future including Poland, where he was born.

Breitbart reports a comment on a comment about why we voted for Brexit.

Guy Verhofstadt, the former prime minister of Belgium chosen to represent the European Parliament in Brexit negotiations, has told Al Jazeera that “a Little Englander mindset” could be “a good explanation” for Britain’s vote to Leave the European Union (EU) last June.
Al Jazeera anchor Mehdi Hasan, a former political editor at
The New Statesman and The Huffington Post, asked Verhofstadt several leading questions on whether the Brexit vote was a consequence of British “xenophobia”.
“Why do you think the Brits voted to quit the EU last June in that historic referendum?” Hasan asked. “What drove them? How much of it was just fear of the unknown, of foreigners, of immigrants, xenophobia?”
Verhofstadt acknowledged that voters backed Brexit “mainly because of the migration, that’s very clear”.

Foreign aid

The Times reports a leading Tory’s comments about foreign aid.

Foreign aid spending is “out of control” and the department responsible for it should be abolished, according to its own former minister of state.
Writing for The Sunday Times, Grant Shapps, who was second-in-command at the Department for International Development (DfID) until 14 months ago, attacked its “profoundly worrying” tendency to “shovel cash out of the door”.
He said DfID saw its remit as being to “spend the cash, regardless of Britain’s other national objectives” and officials believed that promoting democratic values through the aid budget was “almost dirty”.
He also claimed that inside DfID “it was perhaps regarded as a badge of honour not to promote British interests or broader ethical concerns”.

NHS

And the Mail points out that the service is paying well over the odds for some common drugs.

The cash-strapped NHS is wasting millions of pounds a year on common painkillers by failing to drive a hard enough bargain with suppliers, according to a damning new report.
Health managers could save more than £50 million a year on paracetamol, aspirin and ibuprofen alone if they simply bought the drugs from Asda or Superdrug.
Instead, despite the enormous bulk purchasing power of the NHS, they are routinely paying double or more per pill than high street prices, report author Dr Andrew Hill discovered.
As a result, taxpayers are wasting £41 million on overpriced paracetamol, £10 million on aspirin, and £3 million on ibuprofen.
The NHS is currently facing a cash crisis and being forced to ration non-essential surgery. The money that could be saved by buying painkillers at high street prices could pay for 10,000 hip or knee replacement operations.

The Independent reports more cuts in health service funding.

The Government will cut the National Health Service’s budget per person in real terms next year, ministers have admitted in official figures for the first time.
Numbers released by ministers show NHS England will face a sharp reduction of 0.6 per cent in real terms of per head in the financial year 2018-19.
The numbers corroborate claims by NHS chief Simon Stevens earlier this month that “in 2018-19, real-terms NHS spending per person in England is going to go down”.
The figures also fly in the face of the Government’s public insistence that it is investing more in the health service, with Jeremy Hunt and Theresa May repeating the mantra of an extra £10bn for the NHS.

China

As usual, the Star has an apocalyptic report, this time on a possible war with China.

CHINA has declared war with the US is now a “reality” as military commanders rallied their forces to be ready for total conflict as early as “tonight”.
Military chiefs for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have issued the shock announcement as China and US sit at loggerheads over the South China Sea.
Warships, missiles and warplanes in the Pacific superpower are being prepared for conflict as Beijing rages against new US President Donald Trump.
Trump has repeatedly slammed China and told them he will not back down over issues such as trade and disputed islands in the Pacific Ocean.
Chinese military leaders released a statement on the official website of the PLA talking up war with the US as now a “practical reality”.

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