Decades of haphazard policy have left Britain with a patchwork reactor system which is expensive to run and proving tricky to replace.
Senior sources say that newspaper reports on a grand bargain over transitional freedom of movement are jumping the gun.
John Deben: Weak leadership, catastrophic decisions. The appeasement of reactionaries over Brexit has betrayed Heath’s legacy
He wouldn’t have let Cash and Fox, Johnson and Rees-Mogg seize the agenda. He would have fought Farage’s populism as he fought that of Powell.
The Conservatives lost a seat to Labour in Staffordshire Moorlands.
In pitching to the environmental movement, Gove seeks allies in the forthcoming debate about farm subsidies
If wealthy landowners fight to retain their CAP subsidies, then support for reform from the green movement could come in handy.
“Leaving the EU gives us a once in a lifetime opportunity to reform…how we care for our land, our rivers and our seas.”
That the Opposition are willing to risk alienating key supporters even whilst preparing for an early election shows how dangerous they think this policy is.
The First Secretary of State has the sweep of the Cabinet committees. And if May’s closest ally harbours any leadership ambitions himself, he isn’t letting on.
Iain Dale: A Cabinet Minister asks “how long before we can topple her?” With May standing only three feet away.
And, separately, I interview a Prime Minister who doesn’t seem at all brow-beaten or lacking in authority, but instead appears to have recovered her MoJo.
We have denied entry to over 120,000 people since 2010, including nearly 11,000 EU nationals. And we have removed over 37,000 foreign national offenders.
300 people died last year – leaving safety up to lifeguards is not enough. All children must learn to swim.
The Party apparatus may be in the capital, but it is not connected with the city’s residents. We must reach out and engage.
Allowing police to automatically cross-reference crimes against tag locations would improve public safety.
For all its blunders, faults and bias, the BBC is a price worth paying to help build a civilised society
Lavishly-paid stars; right-on, tax-avoiding presenters and all, the BBC is a counterweight to fragmentation.
Rather than price caps and nationalisations, there is a chance to help consumers with tax cuts and regulatory reform.
James Arnell: In Europe, negotiation is a turbulent sport – we only need to worry if the Brexit talks go smoothly
Across the Channel, it’s normal to start with ludicrous demands and progress slowly, via a series of impasses and walk-outs.
A comparison with its neighbour, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is stark.
It’s hopeless trying to avoid the ideological battle.
“We both value public services. The difference is, on this side of the House we know you have to pay for them.”
Corbyn tried to twit her on public sector pay, and neither she nor the Cabinet could treat him with the old contempt.
Also: SNP split on path forward as Salmond plots return; Welsh Assembly to exclude monoglot English-speakers from posts; Irish leader opposed Ulster poll.
We must design a conservatism that appeals to both.
Brexit 1) Brexiteer ministers ‘relaxed’ about temporary extension of freedom of movement
“Senior Conservative Brexiteers have signalled that they are comfortable with a transition offer that allows EU citizens free movement to Britain for up to two years after leaving the bloc. Philip Hammond, the chancellor, believes he has the support of every cabinet minister for a transitional deal after Britain leaves the European Union in 2019. A new immigration regime would be put in place after the two years. Yesterday a series of prominent Brexiteers, some of whom had previously rejected transition periods, were relaxed about the plan. Michael Gove, the environment secretary, who ran Vote Leave, has promised a “pragmatic” approach to Brexit in response to suggestions that Britain could maintain free movement for EU citizens during a transition period following the official separation from Brussels.” – The Times (£)
- Environment Secretary ‘admits EU migrants will keep coming for five years’ – Daily Mail
- Gove ‘confirms’ support for transitional period – FT
- Chancellor’s ‘secret assurances’ to Goldman Sachs on ‘lengthy’ transition – The Sun
- Hammond criticised by MPs over plan to keep borders open – Daily Telegraph
- Pro-Brexit MPs divided on exit plan – The Sun
- Government ‘in the dark’ due to poor migration figures – The Independent
>Today: ToryDiary: Has the Cabinet reached a deal on immigration? Not yet.
>Yesterday: Brandon Lewis in Comment: Our plans to secure our borders while welcoming skilled migrants
Brexit 2) Davis’ officials claim victory as EU grants extension to consider ‘divorce bill’
“David Davis’ Brexit officials claim to have won a major victory against the EU – as Brussels gives Britain more time to publish its position over a whopping £85 billion divorce bill. Sources claim EU negotiating chief Michel Barnier modified his address at the Commission HQ on Thursday at the last minute – to include an acceptance that details on the financial settlement will not come in “incremental steps”. Officials say that while a technical point it is the first time the EU has given ground on the divorce bill – the most highly charged political issue of the entire first phase of the divorce negotiation. In his address, Mr Barnier slammed Britain for refusing to accept the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. And he also said more “clarity” was needed on the UK’s position on the financial settlement.” – The Sun
- But EU chiefs claim that Britain has underpaid – Daily Express
- London and Brussels at loggerheads on half the issues – The Guardian
- Profile of David Davis: self-style ‘tough guy’ who divides opinion – The Times (£)
- CBI insists that it isn’t trying to reverse Brexit – The Sun
- Japan offers to loan Britain its trade negotiators – The Times (£)
- Save young people from pro-EU propagandist teachers – Mark Brolin, Daily Telegraph
- The Government must put the economy first – The Times (£)
- A healthy dose of reality enters the debate – FT
>Today: John Deben in Comment: The appeasement of reactionaries over Brexit has betrayed Heath’s legacy
May will be Prime Minister ‘until at least 2020’, insists Grayling
“Theresa May will remain Prime Minister until at least 2020 and could even fight another general election, one of her Cabinet colleagues has predicted. Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary, is confident Mrs May will fight on once Brexit has been achieved in March 2019 because she “commands the overwhelming support of the Conservative Party”. If he is proved right, it increases the chances of a fresh face in the party emerging from the backbenches to succeed her, as David Cameron did in 2005, just four years after becoming an MP. As Mrs May’s campaign manager during her successful 2016 leadership bid, Mr Grayling is one of her most loyal Cabinet ministers.” – Daily Telegraph
- Prime Minister heads on summer break as Tories celebrate survival – FT
- Ex-Dragon’s Den star donates to Davis – Daily Telegraph
- Freeman brands Corbyn a ‘proper’ threat to May – Daily Express
- Eight potential successors to the Tory leadership you may not have heard of – Daily Telegraph
- ToryDiary: Damian Green, now the most powerful man in the Government
- Iain Dale’s column: A Cabinet Minister asks “how long before we can topple her?” With May standing only three feet away.
Public Spending: Treasury considers regional pay for the public sector…
“Public sector workers could have pay rises linked to where they live, under plans being examined by the Treasury. Chancellor Philip Hammond has asked officials to look at the case for linking pay awards to the cost of living as he tries to balance demands for higher pay against the need to keep public spending under control. The move could see public sector workers in areas such as the North East offered lower pay increases than those living in more costly areas like the South West. Ministers acknowledge that any proposal for regional pay rises will be resisted by the big public sector unions, which are fiercely protective of the idea of national pay structures.” – Daily Mail
- Government borrows £2 billion more than expected – Daily Mail
- Workers won’t benefit from crude populism on executive pay – Ryan Bourne, Daily Telegraph
…as Gove insists farmers will have to earn subsidies post-Brexit
“The EU’s wasteful farming subsidy scheme will be ditched in a favour of a system that rewards farmers and landowners for protecting the countryside, Michael Gove pledged yesterday. In his first keynote speech as Environment Secretary, Mr Gove said the Common Agricultural Policy was ‘bureaucratic’ and a post-Brexit system of support for agriculture would put ‘environmental protection first’. Under the CAP, £3 billion is handed out to landowners in the UK every year, largely calculated on how much they farm. In total, 39 recipients get £1 million or more.” – Daily Mail
- Environment Secretary signals change of thinking – FT
- Osborne and Gove received £17,000 apiece upon leaving Cabinet – Daily Mail
- How to help farmers be profitable and sustainable – Minette Batters, Daily Telegraph
- We welcome a fresh start for our farmers – Daily Telegraph
- ToryDiary: In pitching to the environmental movement, Gove seeks allies in the forthcoming debate about farm subsidies
- MPs Etc.: The Environment Secretary’s speech pledging a ‘Green Brexit’ – full text
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