Boris

The former Foreign Secretary has spoken out against his leader in the Mail. Probably nothing to do with his divorce.

Boris Johnson has triggered a fresh political storm by accusing Theresa May of wrapping a ‘suicide vest’ around Britain – and handing the detonator to Brussels.
The former Foreign Secretary uses a blistering article in today’s The Mail on Sunday to condemn the Prime Minister’s ‘feeble’ handling of the Brexit negotiations, her ‘pathetic’ Chequers deal and the Government’s ‘semi-masochistic’ relationship with the EU.

Many of the other media have reported on Boris’ comments. Sky News says:

Boris Johnson has accused Theresa May of wrapping a “suicide vest” around Britain and handing the detonator to Brussels.
Barely 24 hours after the former foreign secretary announced that he and his wife Marina Wheeler are to 
end their 25-year marriage, Mr Johnson used an article in the Mail On Sunday to dramatically turn up the heat on the prime minister.
He wrote: “At every stage in the talks so far, Brussels gets what Brussels wants.

The Mirror points out the connection between his comments and his divorce news.

Boris Johnson has accused Prime Minister Theresa May of ‘wrapping a suicide vest around Britain – and handing the detonator to Brussels’.
The former Foreign Secretary launched his most scathing attack on the PM yet – the day after news of his divorce from Marina Wheeler was made public.
In his column for the Mail on Sunday, he bemoans May’s “feeble” handling of Brexit negotiations and slams her “pathetic” Chequers deals.
“It is a humiliation,” he writes. “We look like a seven-stone weakling being comically bent out of shape by a 500 lb gorilla.

The Sun calls his comments ‘scathing’.

BORIS Johnson has accused Prime Minister Theresa May of wrapping a “suicide vest” around Britain and handing the detonator to Brussels.
In a scathing editorial in The Mail on Sunday Johnson condemned what he called “feeble” attempts to negotiate.
He also branded her Chequers deal “pathetic” and the Government’s relationship with the EU as “semi-masochistic”.

BBC News calls it ‘blackmail’.

Boris Johnson has attacked Theresa’s May’s Brexit plan, saying she had “wrapped a suicide vest” around the British constitution and “handed the detonator” to Brussels.
Writing in the Mail on Sunday, the former foreign secretary said the Chequers deal had opened the UK to “perpetual political blackmail”.
Mr Johnson quit his post in July after the plan was agreed by the cabinet.

Brexit

Will we be trapped in the EU? The Express reports:

BRITAIN would lose its role of “rule-maker” and become a “rule-taker”, losing control of her borders and trade once again if the Government decided to embrace the EFTA model, a Remain-backing MP has warned.
Tory MP and former junior Trade Minister Greg Hands warned against joining the European Free Trade Association saying entering the association – which currently includes only four member states – would thwart the outcome of the Brexit referendum, leading to just a partial withdrawal from the EU.

The Times reports on ‘no deal’ plans.

Police chiefs are drawing up contingency plans to deal with widespread civil disorder at the country’s borders and ports in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to a leaked report.
The bombshell document, prepared by the National Police Co- ordination Centre, warns that the “necessity to call on military assistance is a real possibility” in the weeks around Britain’s departure from the EU.
The report, which is due to be discussed at a meeting of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) next week, claims that “widespread leave embargoes” will be required.

And the Mail says the army could become involved.

Police chiefs have drawn up plans to call in the army if there is a no deal Brexit because they fear it could spark a wave of violence on the streets, a leaked document has revealed.
Officers fear a no deal Brexit will lead to civil disorder if the country faces shortages of goods, food and medicine.
Contingency plans drawn up by police include the ‘real possibility’ of calling on military assistance and preventing officers taking leave around the date of the UK’s withdrawal in March 2019.

Conservative Party

Perhaps Boris’ comments were made because he found out about his party’s ‘dirty tricks’, says the Times.

The Tory party was plunged into a bitter civil war over dirty tricks last night after it was revealed that Theresa May’s aides drew up a dossier on Boris Johnson’s sex life in an apparent effort to prevent him from becoming prime minister.
The document, passed to The Sunday Times by a Conservative source, contains a catalogue of lurid allegations about Johnson’s sexual liaisons, quips from him about cocaine and damning assessments of his character.
The 4,000-word “war book” began circulating in Westminster last week, just hours before it was revealed that Johnson and his second wife, Marina Wheeler, had separated and were divorcing.

And the Times claims Mrs May is getting rid of rebels using boundary changes.

Theresa May has been accused of trying to purge opponents of her Chequers deal by pressing ahead with boundary changes that will put more than a dozen rebels at risk of losing their seats.
Brexiteers under threat include Boris Johnson and David Davis, whose seats look set to become highly marginal. Both resigned from the cabinet in protest at the deal, which committed ministers to “a common rulebook for all goods” and “continued harmonisation” after Britain leaves the EU.
Others likely to be imperilled include the former cabinet ministers Priti Patel, whose seat could be abolished, and Iain Duncan Smith, whose seat with only a 2,438 vote majority would become even more marginal.

The Telegraph claims Mrs May is telling her ministers there is no alternative to the Chequers Plan.

Minister are being ordered to tell the public there is no alternative to Theresa May’s widely unpopular Chequers plan, according to a leaked Downing Street memo.
In a move likely to infuriate Brexiteers, Number 10 has doubled down on its controversial compromise deal by issuing briefing papers instructing seniors Government figures to sell Chequers as a “pragmatic Brexit”.

The Express also has the story.

THERESA MAY has accused Brexiteers of having no plan for the UK’s future relationship with the EU and has urged ministers to tell the public the Chequers agreement is the only viable option, a leaked memo from Downing Street has revealed.
The move comes as Nathalie Loiseau, France’s Europe minister, rejected the Prime Minister’s Chequers blueprint, and claimed the UK was trying to ask for more rights than full member states.

And the Telegraph claims the PM is hoping Labour MPs will help her win the vote.

Theresa May is gambling that she can draw on the support of disaffected Labour moderates in order to push her beleaguered Brexit plan through the House of Commons.
Allies of the Prime Minister claimed she would ultimately seek the necessary votes to approve a deal through a combination of Labour MPs angered by Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, and “peeling off” ambitious Eurosceptic MPs.

Ireland

The spectre of the Irish border is raised again in the Independent.

Brexit talks are at risk of collapse as a planned EU compromise on the critical question of the Irish border has been branded “unacceptable” by British cabinet ministers.
The Independent has learnt that EU officials believe they have struck upon “the only way” to bring the two sides together on the Irish border in a bid to secure a withdrawal agreement later this year.
But their proposal has already been outright rejected by at least two cabinet ministers, with one going further and branding the EU’s suggestion “bollocks”.

The Times claims the problem could escalate.

The government is failing to prepare for the potentially grave impact of Brexit on the peace and security of Northern Ireland, the province’s police chief has warned.
It had failed to respond to increasingly urgent pleas for resources to counter the heightened threat of terrorism, organised crime and public disorder resulting from the reimposition of the Irish border, George Hamilton, chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) told The Sunday Times.

The Guardian claims the EU is frustrated with the UK.

Michel Barnier has expressed his frustration with Dominic Raab, the Brexit secretary, for allegedly withholding information from the EU, as the question of the Irish border erupted again in the Brexit negotiations.
The EU negotiator was said to be “disappointed and irritated” by Raab’s alleged failure this week to live up to a promise to provide data on the trade flows between the UK and Northern Ireland, which had been requested as part of an attempt to take the drama out of the Irish border issue.
The backstop solution for avoiding a border between Northern Ireland and the Republic would result in the province effectively staying in the customs union and single market for goods as the rest of the UK withdraws.

The Guardian claims the negotiations have become ‘reckless’.

Ireland’s deputy prime minister has called for a generous and respectful conversation from all parties in the war of words over the Anglo-Irish border, warning that “reckless” shouting and sloganeering has consequences for the people who live in Northern Ireland.
Keeping the “hard-won peace” in the region was the only motivation in prioritising the Irish border in the Brexit  negotiations, Simon Coveney told an audience of politicians, Whitehall officials and activists at a conference in Oxford.

EU

Elsewhere in the bloc, the Telegraph reports the prospect of Italexit.

The European Union has not learnt the lessons of Brexit and could force Italy to reconsider its membership of the bloc, a senior government adviser has told The Telegraph.
Ignazio Corrao, adviser to Luigi Di Maio, the deputy prime minister and leader of the Five Star Movement,attacked the arrogance of the European Commission and EU leaders for making no changes since Britain’s vote to leave the bloc.
Mr Corrao is Mr Di Maio’s right hand man in Brussels and a member of the European Parliament.

Breitbart reports on today’s election in Sweden.

Sweden is set to see a major political shift after national elections on Sunday, as the populist Sweden Democrats have a chance to become the largest party in the country.
Sweden goes to the polls on Sunday to elect a new government, and the ruling Social Democrats, who have been the most dominant party in the country for decades, could not only lose power but, according to polls, possibly even lose their status as the largest party in the country.

Labour Party

The Morning Star reports the unions’ influence on the party.

THE Labour Party has once again announced its support for think tank the Institute of Employment Rights’ (IER) Manifesto for Labour Law — a series of recommendations offering wholesale reform to UK labour laws.
By placing sectoral negotiation at the heart of industrial relations, the reforms will stimulate economic growth while reducing inequality.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell first signalled his support for such reforms in 2016 when the IER’s Manifesto was published.

And Westmonster quotes a centrist MP.

Chukka Umunna has accused Jeremy  Corbyn of helping to drive out centrist Labour MPs like himself.
His remarks come after 4 Labour MPs lose no-confidence votes from their local parties for failing to support Corbyn and the Labour leadership.
Veteran Labour MP and Brexit hero Frank Field resigned from the Labour Party after an antisemitism crisis embroiled Labour for months.

But ITV News reports a rejection of that argument.

A senior ally of Jeremy Corbyn dismissed suggestions there was a purge of Labour critics and said a prominent MP’s call on the leader to “call off the dogs” was offensive.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell claimed Chuka Umunna was “inventing stories” after the senior MP claimed 
moderates were being systematically targeted by more hardline factions.

BBC News also quotes the shadow chancellor.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has rejected suggestions that MPs critical of Jeremy Corbyn are being driven out of the party.
It follows claims by Labour MP Chuka Umunna that centre-left MPs are being run out the party, as he urged Mr Corbyn to “call off the dogs”.
Mr McDonnell branded the comments “grossly offensive”, saying “our party members are not dogs”.
Some Labour MPs lost no-confidence votes by local party members this week.

Armed forces

The defence secretary has ordered troops to stay in the EU, says the Times.

Gavin Williamson has ordered hundreds of British troops to remain in Germany to deter Russian aggression, The Sunday Times has learnt.
The defence secretary has decided to tear up plans to withdraw all forces from Germany by 2020, and will keep forward bases on the central European plain.
Williamson will issue a stark warning to Vladimir Putin at the Conservative Party conference this month after intelligence chiefs and military commanders told him Russia was at its most dangerous since the end of the Cold War.

The Times also reports on our air capabilities.

Critical safety flaws in Britain’s new stealth warplanes are being reclassified rather than fixed, according to an investigation by a US spending watchdog.
Britain is buying 48 F-35 Lightning II fighter bombers from America for £9.1bn, with a pledge to purchase a total of 138. The fast-jet programme has, however, been marred by technical problems as the aircraft undergo testing ready to enter frontline service.
The warplane had 111 “category 1” deficiencies, which “could jeopardise safety, security or another critical requirement”, according to the Government Accountability Office, an agency that works for the US Congress.

And the Sun claims there’ll be further cuts in the services.

FRONTLINE services face being axed to help fund the UK’s huge £1.3 trillion public sector pensions bill, according to chancellor Philip Hammond.
The armed forces, police, nurses and schools are all facing devastating cuts as the Tories attempt to fund the costs.
Mr Hammond said cuts to the services could be necessary in order to offset the bill. 

The Mail claims we can’t detect Russian subs any more.

Deadly Russian nuclear submarines with advanced stealth capabilities are slipping undetected into UK waters, defence sources have conceded for the first time.
President Putin’s latest high-tech submarines can sail so quietly, they cannot be picked up by our underwater defence systems, including sonar.
In a chilling echo of the film The Hunt For Red October, according to military sources the new submarines have carried out missions to track Britain’s submarines as they leave the top-secret Faslane base in Scotland.
The Russians have also been mapping a network of vital energy and telecommunications and internet cables beneath the English Channel. If these were destroyed, the UK could be plunged into chaos and darkness.

Prisons

Should lags have phones? The Telegraph reports:

As many prisoners as possible should be given telephones in their cells, the Justice Secretary has said.
David Gauke says allowing inmates to make calls within the privacy of their cell is a “real game changer” in improving behaviour and helping with rehabilitation.
In an interview with The Telegraph, Mr Gauke, who took over the Ministry of Justice in January, states: “All the evidence is pointing towards in-cell telephony helping, so its wider use, I think, makes a lot of sense.”
The phones, which are partly designed to curtail the use of illicit mobile devices, would be limited to set, pre-approved numbers, with prisoners still required to pay for their own calls.

The Mail also reports Mr Gauke.

Prisoners should be given telephones in their cells, the Justice Secretary said last night.
David Gauke claimed that having access to a landline would improve behaviour in jails by helping inmates keep in touch with their families, as well as ending fights over communal phones in landings.
The handsets would only be allowed to ring approved numbers and prisoners would have to pay for their calls.
However, the policy will anger those who believe the regime behind bars is already too lax, with illicit drugs and mobile phone use rife.

Health

An infection disease has been found in the UK, reports the Mail.

Health officials were last night trying to avert an outbreak of a potentially deadly African virus related to smallpox after the first person ever was diagnosed with monkeypox in the UK.
They said a Nigerian individual who flew into the UK last Sunday has been diagnosed with the bug, which kills up to one in ten of those infected. There is no vaccine.
Like Ebola, monkeypox resides in wild animals but humans can catch it through direct contact with animals, such as handling monkeys, or eating inadequately cooked meat.

The Star also has the warning.

A WARNING has been issued after doctors diagnosed the first ever case of deadly monkeypox in the UK.
The rare viral infection was recorded on Friday in Cornwall.
The patient is believed to have contracted the disease in Nigeria before travelling to the UK.
Public Health England said monkeypox does not spread easily and most patients recover within a few weeks, but it can cause severe illness in some people.
Initial symptoms include fever, headache, aching muscles, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion.

And the Sun claims 50 people could have been exposed.

A WARNING has been issued over monkeypox after the first ever case of the deadly disease was recorded in the UK.
More than 50 members of the public may have been exposed to the virus.
The victim was taken to hospital  after he fell ill at a naval base in Cornwall.
He was confirmed to have the disease, which can be transmitted to humans from animals, on Friday night.
It is the first ever recorded case of monkeypox in the UK, Public Health England confirmed.

NHS

The Mirror reports on a hospital parking contract.

Private firms are set to bid for NHS car parking contracts worth £1.8billion.

NHS bosses are planning to award a string of lucrative parking management contracts for work ranging from car park design and pay and display machines to barrier controls and automatic number plate recognition systems.
The bumper contracts will fuel fresh protests about the huge profits made from the NHS by private parking firms and anger campaigners calling for an end to rip off charges at hospital car parks in England.
They include contracts for the supply, installation and maintenance of pay and display ticket machines worth an estimated £100million over the next four years.
Another involving car park security, management and staff permit schemes is valued at £150million.

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