Brexit

Westmonster reports that an alternative Brexit plan is ‘ready to go’.

Former Brexit Minister David Davis has confirmed that an alternative Brexit plan, much more akin to what Brexiteers want to see, is ready to go if and when Theresa May’s Chequers proposal fails.
Putting together the best bits of current trade deals with the EU, work was originally commissioned by Davis and is picks out elements of the trade treaty Canada has with the European Union.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Davis said: “When we get to October if we have got no resolution we have got a real-time problem. If there exists an off-the-shelf and fully written-up treaty – a complete legal text – we can then go round to the European states and say this is much better than No Deal.

But several of the media report that Project Fear Mark whatever-it-is is alive and well. The Times says:

Ministers have drawn up plans to send in the army to deliver food, medicines and fuel in the event of shortages if Britain crashes out of the EU without a deal.
Blueprints for the armed forces to assist the civilian authorities, usually used only in civil emergencies, have been dusted down as part of the “no deal” planning.
Helicopters and army trucks would be used to ferry supplies to vulnerable people outside the southeast who were struggling to obtain the medicines they needed.
In today’s Business section, it is revealed that supermarkets are warning their suppliers to stockpile supplies such as tea and coffee.

The Mail goes in for emotional blackmail.

Leading doctors last night warned that the treatment of thousands of cancer patients could be dangerously delayed in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Critical supplies of radioactive medicines used to treat a range of tumours are at risk of being held up if the UK crashes out of the European Union.
Some of the treatments only work for a matter of days after being created, meaning any delay in transporting them can diminish their effectiveness.
Cancer specialists fear there will be hold-ups when the UK exits the Euratom agreement, which allows ‘medical isotopes’ to be whisked across borders.

The Independent claims ‘no deal’ could affect diabetics.

Millions of diabetes patients, including Theresa May herself, could be “seriously disadvantaged” if supplies of insulin are affected by a no-deal Brexit, the chair of the UK medicines regulator has said.
In the latest warning over disruption if Britain crashes out of the EU, Sir Michael Rawlins said the UK imports “every drop” of insulin, a vital medication used by some 3.7 million people to manage the chronic condition.

Even the Express reports on the potential problems.

A MAJOR UK supermarket has contacted its suppliers and asked them to begin backup planning in the event Britain leaves the EU with a ‘no deal’ Brexit, just days after rumours emerged of medical and food stockpiling.
Aldi emailed its UK suppliers in June to begin the planning process, according to an investigation by the Sunday Times.
The message from the discount retailer said they wanted to “help suppliers understand the potential implications” of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.
They want to “mitigate any negative impacts” of leaving without an agreed trade and customs deal.

And Sky News reports that several supermarkets have slammed the government.

Supermarkets have lined up to criticise the government’s suggestion they should be stockpiling food in the event of a “no deal” Brexit.
Several have given their backing to the British Retail Consortium after the trade association, which represents 70% of the industry, hit out at the idea.
It follows interventions by Prime Minister Theresa May and Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, who acknowledged Britain will have to ensure there are adequate food supplies if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

EU

The Sun quotes a top lawyer’s comments about the EU’s courts.

BRITAIN’S courts will continue to be ruled by the EU under Theresa May’s Brexit blueprint, a top lawyer warns.
Martin Howe QC called the PM’s plan a “wholesale” surrender of her promise to take back control.
He said it will fail to restore the supremacy of UK courts — and will force us to accept existing EU laws and future rulings by European judges.
Mr Howe dismisses the 120-page White Paper as a cleverly-worded deception.
The barrister declared: “It is clear the Prime Minister has now broken the pledges she made in the manifesto and in the Lancaster House speech.”

The Telegraph has a piece by Daniel Hannan.

Another day, another “non”. As Charles de Gaulle was determined to prevent Britain from joining the EEC, so Michel Barnier is determined to prevent us leaving – except on Carthaginian terms.
Theresa May has gone as far as any British leader could go to accommodate Brussels – indeed, arguably further. She has accepted a paying but non-voting role in European agencies, signed up to a transition period where Britain has all the existing membership obligations with no input, agreed to hand over £39 billion, and offered to stay in the single market in goods (where the 27 have a surplus with Britain) but not services (where they have a deficit).

An Italian can see what the EU is trying to do, reports the Times.

Italy’s deputy prime minister today accuses the European Union of trying to “swindle” Britain out of the Brexit that the public voted for.
In an exclusive interview with The Sunday Times, Matteo Salvini urges Theresa May to adopt a tougher stance in her Brexit negotiations with the EU, saying: “My experience in the European parliament tells me you either impose yourself or they swindle you.”
The far-right interior minister, a former MEP and considered Italy’s most powerful politician, says May should be prepared to walk away without a deal: “Because on some principles there is no need to be flexible and you should not go backwards.”

The Express also quotes the Italian.

ONE OF Italy’s most powerful politicians has today accused the EU of having “no good faith” in dealing with Brexit negotiations, and opened the door for one-one-one talks with Theresa May.
Matteo Salvini, Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister, told the Sunday Times the EU was trying to “swindle” the UK out of a good deal.
The far-right interior minister encouraged the Prime Minister to take a tougher stance in Brexit talks.
He said: “My experience in the European Parliament tells me you either impose yourself or they swindle you.”

Ireland

The pro-Brussels Independent claims the PM must address the Irish question.

The European parliament has dramatically upped the stakes in Brexit talks by threatening to veto any deal unless Theresa May comes up with new plans for the Northern Ireland border.
The legislature’s Brexit steering group, made up of MEPs from across its parties, accused Theresa May of “backsliding” on the issue despite committing to prevent a hard border in December, and again in a letter in March.
But the body, chaired by Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt, said the UK has failed to come up with a workable way to prevent a hard border and that by its actions it was making a deal “impossible”.

And Sky News reports that a top Irish politician has said a united Ireland is in the offing.

Former Northern Ireland first minister Peter Robinson has said people should be prepared for a united Ireland.
The ex-Democratic Unionist leader also said they should accept the results of a border poll that backed reunification.
In a speech in Co Donegal, Mr Robinson said he believed Northern Ireland should prepare for the possibility that it might eventually join with Ireland as one country.

Conservative Party

Meanwhile, back home, the Prime Minister is facing a revolt, says the Telegraph.

The scale of the grassroots backlash against  Theresa May and her Cabinet over her Brexit plans has been revealed, as the Prime Minister is warned by her own constituency chairman that she must not concede any further ground to the EU.
Cabinet ministers faced an angry response from their Conservative associations when they returned to their constituencies last week.
Seven chairmen of Cabinet ministers’ Conservative associations told The Telegraph that they either opposed the plans in their current form or would withdraw their support if Mrs May offered any further concessions to Brussels.

The Express also reports the rebellion.

GRASSROOTS Conservative Party members across the UK – including in Theresa May’s own constituency – are unhappy with the Prime Minister’s Brexit plan, according to an investigation by The Telegraph.
Cabinet members and Tory MPs, who left London for their constituencies last week, are said to have been met with anger and disapproval from local members.
A total of seven local Conservative Associations have told the newspaper they could not support the current White Paper drawn up at the Prime Minister’s Chequers country retreat.

Westmonster claims support for the government is disintegrating.

Support for the Conservative Party has collapsed among Westmonster’s followers as Brexiteers turn away from Theresa May’s Brexit plan.
Yesterday, Westmonster asked how our followers would vote if a General Election was taking place now. 11,500 people voted, with 59% backing UKIP and only 16% backing the Tories.
That is a stark contrast to the poll we carried out the day before last year’s General Election, when 62% said they’d be voting Conservative and only 16% backed UKIP.
Brexiteers are turning away from the Tories. They simply won’t win the next the election if angry Conservatives go purple.

Heathrow

Away from front-line politics, the Mail reports the prospect of compensation for homeowners near Heathrow.

Up to 400,000 households could receive compensation for the excess noise they receive after Heathrow’s third runway is built.
It is thought the airport is near to identifying homes around west London which could be in line to receive up to £3,000 to pay for noise insulation.
According to The Times, sources said about 400,000 homes, could make a claim.
The figure, which amounts to 920,000 people, represents all people that will be affected by noise from the airport ,which has not yet published details of new flights created as a result of the new runway.   

Armed forces

Our armed forces minister is showing his teeth, reports the Telegraph.

Gavin Williamson has opened a new row with Theresa May and Philip Hammond by accusing the Prime Minister and Chancellor of ignoring an ­official recommendation on increasing the pay of members of the Armed Forces.
In a letter to 10 Downing Street, the Defence Secretary warned that Mrs May and Mr Hammond had taken the “wrong decision” by failing to honour in full a recommended 2.9 per cent pay rise for military personnel, of which Mr Williamson had been “strongly in favour”.

NHS

The Times reports on a waste of NHS resources.

Doctors are handing out free prescriptions for toothpaste, bodywash and shampoo made by consumer giants such as Colgate and Neutrogena at a rate of nearly one a minute, costing the NHS £3.4m last year.
The number of prescriptions for toiletries that most people buy for themselves has soared by nearly 600% in a decade, from 79,000 in 2007 to about 471,000 last year in England.
Costs have leapt sevenfold over the same period, rising from £483,000 10 years ago to £3.4m in 2017, according to official NHS figures.

The Sun also carries the story.

THE NHS spent £3.4million on toiletries including toothpaste and anti-dandruff shampoo for patients last year, official figures show.
It came amid a surge in prescriptions for consumer goods from top brands such as Colgate and Neutrogena.
NHS Digital stats show more than £1.6million went on bottles of Aveeno bodywash, which cleanses dry and irritable skin.
Another £270,000 was spent on 50,000 bottles of Neutrogena T/Gel shampoo, for itchy and flaky scalps.

And the Mail reports on the problems of care in the service.

The number of ‘serious incidents’ involving ‘sub-optimal care’ in NHS hospitals is rising, harming critically ill patients.
Deteriorating patients are facing growing instances of inadequate care in hospitals, mental health facilities and ambulances.
The rise was exposed in previously unpublished NHS England figures showing patients are suffering harm due to treatment delays.
People facing serious incidents because of delays rose from 700 for part of 2015-2016 to 1,027 in 2016-2017. It then rose again to 1,515 last year, The Guardian
reports. 

Recycling

In the heat we’ve been having recently, could you store your rubbish for three weeks? The Times reports:

Thousands of families in England and Wales will have their rubbish bins emptied only every three weeks in an effort by many councils to boost recycling.
Councils are being forced to overhaul their service to encourage householders to cut waste because China is refusing to be a dumping ground for foreign refuse.
Earlier this month Guildford council proposed a three-weekly bin collection scheme. Other councils, including East Devon, St Helens in Merseyside, Oldham and Rochdale, are also proposing — or have already introduced — three-weekly collection.

Social media

Political ads on social media are coming under scrutiny in the Mail.

Online political adverts must make clear who has paid for them under a Government crackdown on fake news and social media abuse.
Parties who fail to declare their links to digital campaigns – even comments on
Twitter – could be hit with huge fines under the plans, announced in the wake of a highly critical report by MPs into the ‘crisis in our democracy’.
In further moves by Downing Street to tame the lawless world of politics on the internet, ‘trolls’ who threaten candidates will be banned from standing for public office.

And ITV News reports a crackdown on trolling.

Online trolls convicted of a new crime of intimidating election candidates would be barred from public office themselves under plans being considered by the Government.
A new law would target those convicted of “threatening or abusive behaviour, either in person or online,” towards those standing for Parliament or campaigners working for them, closing a loophole in legislation.
The measure follows a report on intimidation in public life which found that social media was “the most significant factor” driving harassment, abuse and intimidation of 2017 general election candidates.

Sky News clams social media is altering election outcomes.

Voters are being manipulated by “fake news” on social media, according to a new report from MPs.
The inquiry into fake news by the digital, culture, media and sport select committee says electoral law needs to be updated and tech companies need to do more to stop malicious propaganda on their networks.
Damian Collins, who chairs the committee, called the issue “a crisis in our democracy – based on the systematic manipulation of data to support the relentless targeting of citizens, without their consent, by campaigns of disinformation and messages of hate”.

The Independent reports on a leak.

One of the key figures in the Brexit campaign has leaked a major parliamentary report into fake news, which he said “knowingly/incompetently makes false claims” on potential misuses of data during the referendum campaign.
Former Vote Leave chief Dominic Cummings, who has faced censure for repeatedly refusing to give evidence to MPs, reportedly declared “f*** the charlatans embargo” when he posted the digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) committee report on his personal blog ahead of its official publication on Sunday.

BBC News claims disinformation is rife on the web.

The volume of disinformation on the internet is growing so big that it is starting to crowd out real news, the Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee chairman has said.
Tory MP Damian Collins said people struggle to identify “fake news”.
In a committee report, MPs said the issue threatens democracy and called for tougher social network regulation.
The government said it was already planning to introduce new laws to make the UK the safest place to be online.

And the Express claims the social media platforms could be regulated.

FACEBOOK, Google and Twitter face a new series of regulations as the government is leading the way to a crackdown on fake news and misuse of data after allegations from MPs the internet giants have acted “irresponsibly”.
The British Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has conducted an in-depth inquiry into fake news and social media platform’s behaviours and is expected to take serious actions to change their current outlook.
According to the draft version of the report leaked last night by Former Vote Leave chief Dominic Cummings, MPs are set to demand for these firms to be made legally liable for any harmful and illegal content published on their platforms.

The Guardian claims there’s a risk to democracy.

Democracy is at risk unless the government and regulators take urgent action to combat a growing crisis of data manipulation, disinformation and so-called fake news, a parliamentary committee is expected to say.
In damning conclusions to a report leaked by former Vote Leave campaign strategist Dominic Cummings before its official publication on Sunday, the digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) committee adds to the growing calls for tougher government regulation of social media companies.

And the Independent claims the platforms must police themselves.

Social media giants must be made liable for harmful  content on their sites to tackle the democratic “crisis” caused by fake news, a powerful committee of MPs has said.
A leaked parliamentary report condemned tech firms such as Facebook, Twitter and Google, for acting “irresponsibly” over data collection and called for new laws to make them accountable for the content on their sites.
Cross-party MPs warned over the “relentless targeting of hyper-partisan views, which play to the fears and prejudices of people, in order to influence their voting plans and their behaviour” and called for tougher electoral laws to combat interference.

Order-Order highlights a piece from the BBC.

Whoever wrote this news article for the BBC website about Vote Leave’s Facebook adverts is going to have some explaining to do to their editor. The article talks about how Vote Leave and BeLeave “micro-targeted” adverts during the referendum, “with 252 of them seen fewer than 1,000 times”. Just one problem: it’s total nonsense. The adverts were never requested by Vote Leave or BeLeave. They never ran. That is why they appear in the “0-999” impressions box in the DCMS select committee’s numbers. The true number is zero. A glaring factual error completely demolishing the BBC’s story that Vote Leave “micro-targeted” adverts to data sets of fewer than 1,000 people.

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