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Calais crisis 1) Hammond claims the Government is getting a grip

HAMMOND Philip Marr“Up to 100 extra security guards are to be sent to patrol the Channel Tunnel terminal in the latest move to get the migrant crisis at Calais under control. … Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, set out the moves last night after a lengthy meeting of Cobra, Whitehall’s emergency committee. … He insisted the Government was getting a grip on the situation, as the number of illegal migrants trying to cross the Channel had fallen in recent days.” – The Independent

  • “Plans for thousands of families of failed asylum seekers to be stripped of their automatic right to financial support are to be detailed by Home Office ministers on Tuesday.” – The Guardian
  • “Years of ‘soft-minded liberalism’ were yesterday blamed for the chaos at Calais by a former Labour immigration minister. … Phil Woolas made the blistering intervention as he demanded a British-run detention camp on French soil.” – Daily Mail
  • “The number of lone children applying for asylum in Britain has soared by almost 50 per cent in the last year.” – Daily Mail
  • “An OAPs’ home axed due to lack of funds will reopen for immigrants — using taxpayers’ cash.” – The Sun (£)

And comment:

  • “…it is alarming to hear Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond claim the Government has ‘got a grip’ on the Calais crisis.” – Sun editorial (£)
  • “Our memories are short. We first tried to resolve this problem in 2002, when the then Home Secretary, David Blunkett, and the French interior minister, later president, Nicolas Sarkozy, agreed a plan to close the Red Cross refugee camp at Sangatte.” – Philip Johnston, Daily Telegraph
  • “Blame the swarm on Britain’s shadow economy.” – Rachel Sylvester, The Times (£)

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Calais crisis 2) The EU is paying migrants to find work in Britain

Border“Unemployed migrants are being given thousands of pounds to find work in Britain under an EU scheme, The Telegraph can disclose. … It has emerged that the UK has taken a third of the young migrants involved in the ‘Your First EURES Job’ programme. … Some 1,178 unemployed young people from the Continent have been found jobs, training or apprenticeships in Britain under the ‘jobs mobility’ programme since it was set up in 2012.” – Daily Telegraph

  • “The German government called in the army yesterday to cope with a record number of asylum seekers — immediately drawing accusations that it had breached the nation’s strict constitution, introduced after the Second World War.” – The Times (£)

Calais crisis 3) Cameron goes on holiday

Cameron“Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has taken charge of the government response to the Calais crisis as David Cameron heads off on his first holiday of the summer. … The Prime Minister, who is expected to be away for most of August, is facing calls to return to Downing Street to take the lead on bolstering border security. … Home Secretary Theresa May is also on holiday, but violence continued for another night in Calais after a weekend where around 2,500 migrants stormed the Channel Tunnel.” – Daily Mail

Will the Prime Minister reward former MPs?

“David Cameron is set to announce the award of a string of knighthoods and other honours amid concerns they will be used to compensate ‘failed’ MPs. … As Westminster awaits the publication of a controversial list of new peers, it is expected that a separate list will hand out lesser titles and honours. … Insiders say it is usually made up of former politicians – leading to fears party leaders will use the process to compensate MPs who lost their seats in the election and former ministers booted out of office.” – Daily Mail

  • “The Serious Fraud Office investigation into the firm chaired by former Conservative party leader Lord Howard of Lympne is expected to include payments it made to the Somali government as part of its unorthodox oil deal with the war-torn country.” – The Independent

Osborne starts the RBS sell-off

OSBORNE red and blue“Chancellor George Osborne pulled the trigger on the first sale of the Government’s RBS shares since its credit crisis bailout seven years ago. … Around £2billion-worth were up for grabs in the City in a hugely symbolic auction. … The sell-off will take the taxpayers’ holding in RBS down from 78.3 per cent to 73.2 per cent. … It was expected to be sold at between 325p and 330p per share, well below the 502p needed for the State to break even on the 2008 bailout.” – The Sun (£)

  • “Some bankers argue that it is always a risk to sell shares in August, when more investors are on holiday and liquidity can be low.” – Financial Times
  • “Britons looking for new jobs are now prioritising big pay packets over job security as their fear of redundancy falls away, a survey has found.” – Daily Mail
  • “One of Britain’s biggest graduate recruiters will no longer consider degree or A-level results when assessing potential employees.” – The Independent

And comment:

  • “Privatisation without preparation does nothing for economic growth.” – Financial Times editorial
  • “At last, we are starting to move on from the crisis.” – Allister Heath, Daily Telegraph
  • “Borrowers, get ready for interest rate pain.” – Ed Conway, The Times (£)

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