Osborne tries to woo European leaders on reform

OSBORNE non-broken sword“George Osborne will tell European leaders today that Britain’s bid to reform the EU will also benefit their countries as he goes on a whistle-stop tour of capital cities. The Chancellor will warn that change is key to the future of the EU during meetings with Swedish prime minister Stefan Lofven and Denmark’s premier, Lars Lokke Rasmussen, as well as foreign and finance ministers. He will argue now is the time to act and deliver lasting change as public support for reform rises across the EU.” – Daily Mail


  • Tories must demand the truth about the EU from Cameron – Simon Heffer, Daily Telegraph
  • Britain can change Europe for the better. Leaving will help no one – Alexander Moscho, Daily Telegraph

Duncan Smith hopes to get a million people off incapacity benefit

“Up to a million people ‘languishing’ on sickness benefits could be put back to work with the right help, Iain Duncan Smith will say today. In his first major speech on welfare reform since the election, the Work and Pensions Secretary will vow to tackle a sicknote culture that is ‘in dire need of reform’. Too many sick and disabled people have been left ‘languishing in a life without work, when work is actually possible for them’, he warns.” – Daily Mail

  • Sick benefit claimants will be told to take work – The Times (£)
  • IDS plans to toughen up welfare regime – The Sun (£)
  • Disabled and sick next targets of welfare cuts drive – The Independent
  • DWP seek thousands of short-term staff to replace lost full-timers – The Guardian


>Today: ToryDiary: Duncan Smith’s work of a lifetime

Matthew d’Ancona: Corbyn should learn from the experience of IDS

IDS headshot“But the parallels between the bearded one and the bald one are real. Like Duncan Smith before him, Corbyn is a mutineer set to be catapulted to the role of chieftain. Like Duncan Smith, he represents an ideological base: not Euroscepticism and neo-Thatcherism but post-crash, anti-austerity socialism. In selecting IDS, rather than Michael Portillo or Kenneth Clarke, the Tory party chose to please itself rather than to face electoral reality. The same will be said of Labour if it chooses Corbyn as the person to remedy the failures of the last election (though Corbyn’s supporters assert that what is and what is not “electable” is changing fast).” – The Guardian

Hammond defends re-opening Tehran embassy

“Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says the re-opening of the British embassy in Iran builds confidence and trust – despite the building still having graffiti screwn across the wall saying ‘Death to England’. The 19th century embassy in Tehran was closed for four years after it was ransacked by protesters after they stormed the diplomatic compound. They believed that the embassy was a lair for spies working for Brtain and they destroyed pictures of monarchs and burned the Union flag.” – Daily Mail

Davis hopes to force Chilcot to publish

David Davis“Former shadow home secretary David Davis said a cross-party group of MPs would hold discussions next week to draw up a battle plan for forcing the inquiry to set a deadline for publication. Options include a formal parliamentary motion, where MPs would be asked to vote to compel Sir John to act. Mr Davis said continuing delays to the six-year inquiry were ‘unjustifiable’, and he suggested the report should be published by October, when MPs are expected to be asked to support government plans to extend bombing raids against the Islamic State terror group into Iraq.” – Daily Mail

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Force Chilcot to publish! Sounds great, but it isn’t that simple

Did a Tory donor lobby for embattled Kids Company?

“Tory ministers overruled civil service advice to approve a £3million grant to Kids Company days after the Conservative Party received a £250,000 donation from one of the charity’s key supporters, it can be revealed. Despite warnings it did not represent value for money, Cabinet Office ministers Oliver Letwin and Matthew Hancock ordered taxpayers’ money be given to the troubled charity on June 29 – only weeks before it closed. The Tories accepted £254,000 from James Lupton, who is close to Kids Company boss Camila Batmanghelidjh, on June 19, ten days before the highly unusual move.” – Daily Mail

Corbyn’s would-be Chancellor sets out plan for nationalisation without compensation…

corbynleader“Investors who buy shares in privatised utilities could have them confiscated by a future Labour government, Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign team warned last night. John McDonnell, tipped to serve as chancellor in a Corbyn regime, said Labour ‘reserved the right’ to take back shares with ‘no compensation’ in order to renationalise state assets such as the Royal Mail and Royal Bank of Scotland. It led to a sharp rebuke from Labour shadow chancellor Chris Leslie, who warned the move would effectively plunder pension funds and hurt charities with stock market investments.” – Daily Mail


  • We need a strategic state, not this absentee government – Jeremy Corbyn, The Guardian
  • I’ll deliver a radical but credible alternative to the Tories – Yvette Cooper, The Guardian
  • Old-school Corbynomics gives the Tories a chance to kill off the Left – Bruce Anderson, Daily Telegraph

…while the man himself may not get customary access to defence secrets

“Whitehall officials have been reviewing access to secret intelligence for the leader of the opposition amid warnings over Jeremy Corbyn’s controversial views on foreign policy. Should he become Labour leader, Mr Corbyn could expect, by convention, to be invited to attend occasional national security briefings. Civil servants at the Cabinet Office have now sought expert advice on the protocol for granting access to secret documents to opposition leaders. Mr Corbyn believes that Britain should leave Nato and supports the abolition of the nuclear deterrent. Traditionally, the leader of the opposition is invited to become a privy counsellor, granting him or her the right to access to confidential national security information on “privy council terms”.” – The Times (£)

Comment and Editorial:

Andrew Knight: A Corbyn victory? Beware what you wish for

On strike“Where there is no electable opposition, indigenous, corrupt, complacent laziness becomes the norm at the top. At the bottom, non-parliamentary bomb-throwers are indigenous too. These are not Islamists. These are not insurgent separatists like the IRA. These are not from foreign or incomer stock. They are about home-bred frustration. For there is nobody likely to form a government in their name. An unelectable opposition under Jeremy Corbyn would be a vast chance for Britain’s Tories. Sure. But may they use it well. Democracy doesn’t function without electable opposition to elected power… however lovely that power, untrammelled, may feel today.” – The Times (£)

>Today: The Deep End: There’s nothing strange about the death of New Labour

>Yesterday: LeftWatch: Cameron must think Corbyn will win

Salmond savages Robinson over referendum remarks

“Alex Salmond has launched a blistering assault on Nick Robinson, after the outgoing BBC political editor compared Scotland during the independence referendum to “Putin’s Russia”. Mr Salmond said that Mr Robinson should be embarrassed and ashamed of his reporting of the campaign. It was ironic, he added, that Mr Putin’s name had come up, since the BBC’s referendum coverage was most commonly compared to Pravda, the Communist newspaper in the Soviet era. The former SNP leader added that he had been reluctant to criticise Mr Robinson, who has cancer, but was appalled by remarks he made last week. Speaking at the Edinburgh book festival, the journalist had spoken of the “intimidation and bullying” of journalists during the campaign.” – The Times (£)

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