There may be a good case for changes, but they will only stick if the Government takes care that they are brought in for the right reasons.
Aphra Brandreth: Davey would take the Lib Dems backwards; Moran to the Left. But whichever direction, does it matter?
Until they are prepared to set out a future that is both workable and distinct, they are unlikely to have much of a voice in this Parliament or the next.
The overhaul of the civil service continues with a new (and notably less Eurocentric) head of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.
Calling Conservatives: New public appointments announced. Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of the CPS – and more
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Throwing money around will not help. A natonal effort is needed to show that the UK is a force for good in a troubled world.
The Government is only likely to be emboldened to take the necessary action if it feels that is what parents demand.
Daniel Hannan: Sweden settled in for the long haul, and now doesn’t need to worry about a second surge
Having correctly judged that there would be no immediate vaccine, it opted for a sustainable response.
Wind and nuclear power both produce electricity. But if someone said we needed a tax on wind power to subsidise nuclear, you’d think they were mad.
Matt Vickers: The killing of Andrew Harper. Why I, alongside 22 other MPs, wrote to the Attorney General last Friday.
Such a crime against one of our brave police officers must surely be met with only the strongest and toughest of sentences.
Giving people greater confidence to return to our high streets is a vital part of the recovery effort.
Eric Kaufmann: A chilling effect is taking place at British universities. An Academic Freedom Bill can change that.
There is a mistaken view that threats to freedom stem from the state, but peer pressure can equally result in “despotism of custom”.
Emma Revell: Young people socialising made Sturgeon “want to cry”. If only she got as upset over their debt burden.
During the EU referendum, many politicians claimed to be concerned about younger generations’ futures. But they’ve been mysteriously quiet recently.
The planning system is very tricky to navigate. That is good for lawyers – but bad for those wanting a good home to live in.
James Frayne: Public support for the Government appears to have dropped – but not when it comes to individual policies
People strongly back it banning separate households meeting indoors where infection rates have risen, among other moves.
Researchers estimated that “a third and half of those reviewing a grant bid would mark it lower if it took a right-wing perspective”
Rebecca Lowe: CNN’s “individuals with a cervix” Tweet, and why denying the realities of biological sex is so harmful
From healthcare, to sex-specific concerns around bodily privacy and security, words matter.
Sunder Katwala: Gandhi does not quite fit the bill of recognising ethnic minority Britons on our currency
He may have been one of the greatest figures to shape the 20th century, but a simplistic deification risks losing the complexity of the man.
Judy Terry: Suffolk has shown has small charities can make a big difference in helping the vulnerable
A Community Foundation in the county helps the old with insulation improvements and the young to turn away from knife crime.
Bella Wallersteiner: A “Work Out to Help Out” scheme could boost the nation’s health and save our struggling gyms
There should be a financial inducement to encourage people to support local fitness centres.
David Green: The new Commission on Unalienable Rights allows us to compare America and Communist China
The US report asserts that there can be no moral equivalence between “rights-respecting countries that fall short in progress toward their ideals”.
The NHS employs 1.75 million people and is too monolithic. The number of civil servants has risen to 460,000. This is territory which the Chancellor needs to examine in detail.
Chris Whitehouse: The Medicines and Medical Devices Bill faces challenges with the Lords. Ministers must prepare now.
They have sniffed below that beguiling surface a constitutional truffle of the kind they love to expose.
Close pubs before schools if infections rise, ministers told
“Closing schools must be “a last resort” in any future lockdowns, the children’s commissioner for England has warned, with education taking priority over the economy. In a briefing for ministers Anne Longfield said that shutting restaurants, shops and other non-essential services must be the first line of defence in any future outbreak with schools remaining open. She accused the government of too often regarding children as “an afterthought” during the first lockdown, leading to damaging effects on their education and wellbeing. Schools are finalising plans to reopen to all pupils next month despite concerns from unions and some scientists that it could lead to a spike in infections.” – The Times
- ‘Close shops and pubs to reopen schools,’ says Children’s Commissioner – Daily Telegraph
- Doctors fear lockdown effect on non-coronavirus patients – The Times
- The Government must up its game to prepare for a second wave – Sir Keir Starmer, The Guardian
>Today: ToryDiary: A battle with teaching unions looks inevitable next month. Who will win?
MPs will start grading Health Secretary with ‘Ofsted-style ratings’
“MPs will start dishing out Ofsted-style ratings on how well Matt Hancock is doing his job. The powerful Commons’ Health and Social Care Committee will grade Government progress on major pledges – from “outstanding” to “inadequate”. The new system has been set up by chair Jeremy Hunt and will focus on performance in areas such as cancer, patient safety and mental health. The scores will be handed out by an independent expert panel chaired by one of the nation’s top docs, Professor Dame Jane Dacre… Ratings will follow the Ofsted scale – inadequate, requires improvement, good and outstanding. The panel’s first piece of work will look at maternity services in England, which have been rocked by a series of scandals in recent years.” – The Sun
- English councils with highest Covid rates launch own test-and-trace systems – The Guardian
- Many Whitehall mandarins ‘do not expect to return to the office’ before 2021 – Daily Telegraph
- MPs say lack of early UK quarantine helped to accelerate pandemic – FT
- Rules are dividing the young and sceptical – The Times
- Workshy Whitehall is wrecking the recovery – Ross Clark, Daily Mail
- Johnson’s rise to power taught him all the wrong skills for this crisis – Rafael Behr, The Guardian
>Yesterday: James Frayne’s column: Public support for the Government appears to have dropped – but not when it comes to individual policies
Charities criticise Tory Chief Whip for refusing to suspend Conservative MP accused of rape
“Charities have accused the Conservative Party of “minimising violence against women” by refusing to suspend an MP who is the subject of a rape investigation. Women’s Aid was among the groups which joined unions to say the party’s lack of action suggested a “failure to believe victims”. It came as the woman who accused the former minister of attacking her alleged that Conservative Party Chief Whip Mark Spencer – to whom she made a complaint in April – prioritised the MP’s well-being over her own. The former Parliamentary aide claims Mr Spencer acted to ensure “pastoral care” for the MP but did nothing to investigate her allegations.” – Daily Telegraph
- Tories ‘dismissing violence against women by not suspending rape suspect MP’ – The Times
Russian hackers ‘stole leaked documents from Fox’s personal email account’
“Russian hackers stole the contents of a former Cabinet minister’s personal email account, it has emerged, as Whitehall departments admitted that ministers received only “informal” training in data security. Classified documents relating to US-UK trade talks were taken from a private email account belonging to Liam Fox, the former International Trade Secretary. How the documents came to be in a private email account is expected to form part of an ongoing police investigation into the hack. The Government does not explicitly ban the use of private email accounts for official business, but says all information must be handled in accordance with the law, including the Official Secrets Act.” – Daily Telegraph
- Theft proves Russia alerts were ignored, says Grieve – FT
- Fox faces growing scrutiny over Russian hack of personal email – The Guardian
Philip Johnston: Cummings’ planning overhaul will provoke Tory shires into outright rebellion
“When governments talk of “radical overhauls”, they usually mean some modest tinkering dressed up as something fundamental. But the planning shake-up outlined by Mr Jenrick, the housing secretary, and to be published tomorrow really is radical in the literal sense because it will tear up the existing system by the roots and start all over again. The argument for doing so is that we still have a socialistic planning model, set out by the post-war Labour government, which is unsuited to modern needs (just like the NHS, in other words, though no-one is proposing its radical overhaul, sadly).The 1947 Town and Country Planning Act remains the template for decision-making despite umpteen repair jobs over the past 60 years, including half-a-dozen changes since 2010 aimed at speeding up building through permitted developments and planning in principle.” – Daily Telegraph
- Johnson cries ‘nimbyism’, but his planning changes will be disastrous – Simon Jenkins, The Guardian
- Let’s be honest about our overcrowded island – Clare Foges, The Times
>Yesterday: Ben Everitt in Comment: Our housing market is a weird spaghetti of disincentives. This must be fixed.
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