Cameron intends to bomb ISIS in Syria…

Fighter jet“David Cameron today pledges a full-blown RAF offensive against Isis targets in Syria and Iraq this autumn … British pilots embedded with the American military have already taken part in air raids on Syria in US warplanes — provoking claims that ministers have deceived the public. … But in an interview with America’s NBC news, to be broadcast today, Cameron makes clear that he wants to go further. The prime minister accepts he will ‘have to take my parliament with me’ but adds: ‘We have to destroy this caliphate, whether it is in Iraq or in Syria. That is a key part of defeating this terrorist scourge that we face.'” – Sunday Times (£)

  • “Former head of the military Lord Richards believes leading a coalition to wipe out IS could be Britain’s ‘moment in the sun’. … His stance was echoed by Tory former Defence Secretary Liam Fox, who insisted ‘platform numbers matter’.” – Sun on Sunday (£)
  • “Cash-strapped defence chiefs wrote off almost £3 billion in waste and losses last year while slashing our armed forces.” – Sun on Sunday (£)
  • “RAF personnel are training foreign governments in how to prevent airliners being shot down by shoulder-launched missiles, amid fears that stockpiles of the weapons have fallen into the hands of terrorists.” – Sunday Times (£)
  • “Mounting anger over the sums of money paid to Sir John Chilcot and his committee have prompted calls for the Government to stop any further payments, amid demands by politicians for publication of the Iraq inquiry’s report without further delay.” – Independent on Sunday

> Today: ToryDiary – Bombing ISIS in Syria. Cameron should take his party with him, and not rely on support from Labour

…as he warns British Muslims not to be seduced by the bogus “glamour” of the terror group

cameron-face“David Cameron is to announce moves tomorrow to stop young British Muslims being seduced by the bogus ‘glamour’ of Islamic State. … In a powerful speech, the Prime Minister will warn that ‘brutal and vicious’ IS wants to send young men to their deaths as ‘cannon fodder’, while women are raped and enslaved. … He will tell UK Muslim leaders they must do more to promote British values, and help to stop the growing number of youngsters who travel to Syria to join the terror group. … He will also unveil a range of measures to crack down on Islamic extremism in the UK.” – Mail on Sunday

  • “Church leaders have accused David Cameron of ‘turning his back’ on Christians facing genocide in Syria and Iraq by failing to offer them refuge in the UK.” – Sunday Telegraph
  • “A British terrorist who pioneered the use of the internet to recruit jihadists has secretly returned to Britain after being released from a US prison.” – Sunday Times (£)
  • “Teachers and health workers will be legally required to report cases of female genital mutilation, under plans being launched by the Government this week.” – Independent on Sunday

And comment:

  • “Boosting citizenship among Muslims will help tackle extremism.” – Dominic Grieve, The Observer
  • “The Prime Minister is right to recognise the need to defeat the ideas of Islamist extremism, as well as its organisations and its military formations.” – Mail on Sunday editorial

The Prime Minister will take at least two holidays in August

“David Cameron will again risk accusations of ‘chillaxing’ after it emerged that he is to take most of August off work. … Senior government sources say the prime minister will be away for more than three weeks while taking at least two family holidays. … Cameron, his wife Samantha and their three children will take their customary ‘staycation’ in Cornwall. But they are then due to fly to Portugal for a longer-than-usual break. A third short spell on the Scottish island of Jura, where Cameron’s father-in-law Lord Astor has an estate, is also a possibility.” – Sunday Times (£)

Tory leadership ding-dong: Boris tells Cameron to “rein in” Osborne and May

boris-johnson“Tory unity was shattered last night after Boris Johnson told David Cameron to stop George Osborne and Theresa May plotting to wreck his chances of becoming Prime Minister. … In an explosive intervention, the London Mayor claimed Mr Osborne and Mrs May, his Conservative leadership rivals, are trying to ‘humiliate’ him to destroy his credibility – and has called on Mr Cameron to ‘rein them in’. … The feud erupted after Mrs May, the Home Secretary, blocked Mr Johnson’s bid to allow London police to use water cannon to control riots.” – Mail on Sunday

The Home Secretary’s National Crime Agency is “mired in chaos, failure and plunging morale,” claims the Mail on Sunday

“The flagship crime-fighting force set up to become Britain’s FBI is mired in chaos, failure and plunging morale, with a spate of shock resignations at the highest level, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. … Head of the National Crime Agency Keith Bristow is among seven members of the 17-strong management board to quit in the space of a few months. … The leadership crisis is a blow to Theresa May, who set up the NCA to replace Labour’s failed Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca).” – Mail on Sunday

  • “Foreign criminals will be banned from living in Britain under a crackdown being announced tomorrow. … People from outside the EU will have to provide a clean bill of health from their local police or have long-term visa applications refused.” – Sun on Sunday (£)
  • “Britain’s largest police force has launched an investigation into allegations that its officers used a ‘secret’ Facebook group to air racist views about ethnic minorities.” – Independent on Sunday

The MoJ considers making prisons smoke-free

Prison bars“The government is looking to ban smoking in some prisons after an inmate moaned he was made to share a cell with a smoker. … The Ministry of Justice will attempt to bring a ban into only a handful of jails at first, because they fear introducing it across all prisons could cause unrest among nicotine-addicted inmates. … Figures suggest say four out of five prisoners smoke, and in March a judge said that jails were not above the ban on indoor smoking – even saying prison staff could be prosecuted if they didn’t stop inmates from lighting up.” – Mail on Sunday

  • “Michael Gove has a vision for reforming prisons – and justice.” – Will Hutton, The Observer
  • “Rather than touchy-feely workshops or art classes, Gove wants prisoners to knuckle down and do something useful. … And the harder they study, the closer they get to release. That means prisoners who are let out early will be motivated and better equipped for the job market. … In prison, staring at four walls all day is a torment. Taking classes and gaining skills offers them goals, hope and achievement.” – Louise Mensch, Sun on Sunday (£)
  • “President Obama’s lasting legacy will be penal reform.” – Rupert Cornwell, Independent on Sunday
  • “It is little wonder that the only career option open to them on release is a return to crime. This needs to change and Mr Gove should make it is his mission to do so.” – Sunday Times editorial (£)

Right to Buy plans face stiff opposition in the Lords

House icon“The Tories’ plan to extend the right to buy to housing association tenants will face stiff opposition in the House of Lords this week, amid growing concern that it will compromise the independence of charities and add hugely to government debt. … In a move that has support from a cross-party group of peers, Labour has tabled an amendment to the charities bill that would pave the way for a prolonged parliamentary battle over one of the most controversial policies outlined in the Tory manifesto.” – The Observer

  • “Nearly 2m young homeowners are braced for the ‘huge shock’ of their first increase in mortgage payments after the Bank of England indicated interest rates would begin to rise at the end of this year.” – Sunday Times (£)

> Yesterday: Natalie Elphicke on Comment – How to provide social housing more fairly

IDS: Welfare reform is a test for Labour

“Tomorrow is a pivotal moment for our country. … In the Commons, MPs will vote on our plans to reform welfare and create a benefits system that helps people back to work, giving them hope of a brighter future. These reforms are at the heart of our One Nation plans for Britain. … It is also a crucial test for Labour. Will it finally stand up for people who work hard and do the right thing? Or will it carry on with an approach that has failed our country?” – Iain Duncan Smith, Sun on Sunday (£)

  • “On welfare, Labour has shot itself in the foot.” – James Bartholomew, Sunday Telegraph

NHS bosses demand more money from Hunt

HUNT Doctor Carla Millar“NHS leaders fear they will need almost double the £8bn boost ministers have pledged for the health service because the chances of delivering £22bn of promised savings are ‘pie in the sky’. … Senior figures at NHS England have told the Observer they expect the service to fall well short of its £22bn target, and that it will therefore need a further £7bn injection from the Treasury, on top of the £8bn, in order to maintain standards of care – £15bn in all.” – The Observer

  • “A report by the Independent Cancer Taskforce has suggested six ‘strategic priorities’ for the NHS to make ‘substantial improvements’ in cancer care in England at a time when cancer cases are rising.” – The Observer
  • “The NHS is spending more than £3,700 every minute to pay for privately financed hospitals, The Telegraph can disclose.” – Sunday Telegraph
  • “NHS staff turned to Twitter to condemn Jeremy Hunt today after he lashed out at the health service for the standard of its weekend care. … Dozens of medical staff posted pictures of themselves in uniform with the hashtag #ImInWorkJeremy in a bid to show the Health Secretary their commitment.” – Mail on Sunday
  • “Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has been accused of breaching patient confidentiality by tweeting a photo to his 70,000 followers from a hospital visit.” – Mail on Sunday

And comment:

  • “This cancer care lottery is unacceptable.” – Sunday Telegraph editorial

Gyimah hit by a barrage of four-letter words

“A Government Minister was subjected to a four-letter tirade by the ‘school dinners tsar’ in an astonishing Whitehall bust-up over free school meals. … Education Minister Sam Gyimah, 38, was left open-mouthed when adviser John Vincent unleashed a volley of abuse after being quizzed over the scheme’s value to the taxpayer. … An enraged Mr Vincent, the co-founder of the Leon fast food chain, shouted at Mr Gyimah to ‘read the f****** school meals plan’.” – Mail on Sunday

Cash’s expenses come under question

CASH Bill purple sweater“Sir William Cash, a senior backbench Tory MP and arch-Eurosceptic, is claiming more than £20,000 a year from the taxpayer to rent a ‘second home’ in London while letting out a flat just 300 yards away that he has owned for 18 years. … The arrangement is entirely within the rules, but Sir Alistair Graham, the former chairman of the committee on standards in public life, said: ‘It’s important that MPs show leadership in only claiming from the public purse when they need to do so, and in Mr Cash’s case I don’t think he does. MPs have a responsibility to ensure that they only claim public funds if they really need them.'” – Sunday Times (£)

Greenhalgh urges Uber to pays its taxes in the UK

“Taxi-booking app firm Uber should be forced to pay its taxes in the UK, says a London Mayor candidate. … Current deputy mayor Stephen Greenhalgh vowed to crack down if elected next year. … The app which connects users to private cars has sparked fury from black cab drivers as Uber is based in Holland where it pays seven per cent VAT. … It would pay more than 20 per cent in the UK where the app has a million users in London.” – Sun on Sunday (£)

  • “The UK will lead the way in testing state-of-the art driverless cars, the Government has claimed as it launches a £20m research and development fund dedicated to the burgeoning industry.” – Sunday Telegraph

> Yesterday: Rebecca Coulson on Comment – Report from the Mayoral hustings

Labour panic! Could Corbyn win? Will the contest be called off?

LABOUR dead rose“A senior Labour MP has told The Mail on Sunday he is gathering support for a move to stop the contest, on the grounds that Labour’s political enemies were warping the process by signing up as members to vote for Mr Corbyn in September. … Panic spread through Labour’s backbenchers last week when two private polls put Mr Corbyn ahead, with his odds shortening from 100/1 at the start of the campaign to 5/1. … The MP held a meeting in a Commons tea room at the end of last week to canvas support for a ‘petition’ letter to acting leader Harriet Harman and party general secretary Iain McNicol.” – Mail on Sunday

  • “While some MPs are already plotting to depose ‘Comrade Corbyn’, others are privately discussing quitting the party if he wins, raising the prospect of an SDP-style split that could help keep Labour out of power for a generation.” – Sunday Times (£)
  • “Gordon Brown and other Labour grandees must intervene to stop the party backing Jeremy Corbyn, the hard-Left candidate’s own backers have warned as they expressed regret for nominating him.” – Sunday Telegraph
  • “…if [Corbyn] does win, Labour will be in the extraordinary position of having as its leader a man with among the most extensive links in Parliament to terrorists, extremists and hard-line regimes.” – Sunday Telegraph

And lots of comment:

  • “A Corbyn victory would be more than a disaster Labour didn’t see coming. It would be a disaster Corbyn didn’t see coming, and wouldn’t know what to do with.” – Nick Cohen, The Observer
  • “As one veteran of those years puts it: ‘What is happening now is the consequence of five years of the leader telling the members that everything we did in government was wrong.'” – Andrew Rawnsley, The Observer
  • “Harman’s party is facing potentially an existential crisis. On 8 May, no one thought it could sink lower. But it has.” – Toby Helm, The Observer
  • “Having earned my living watching and analysing leaders, I think they have to pass one simple test — if they didn’t exist, would anyone invent them? Corbyn has passed that. He’s filling a vacuum that’s existed on the Left ever since Blair embraced New Labour.” – Nick Robinson, Sun on Sunday (£)
  • “David Cameron joined the growing band of Tories who want to see Labour firebrand Jeremy Corbyn elected leader of the Opposition — so much so that he’s taken to personally advising the loony leftie on how to win.” – Guido Fawkes, Sun on Sunday (£)
  • “One rattled Shadow Cabinet Minister tells me: ‘What is going on is terrifying.’ A senior Labour figure puts it even more bluntly: ‘The party’s gone mad.’” – James Forsyth, Mail on Sunday
  • “The So-Called Conservatives pretend to be alarmed by the Leftism of people like Jeremy Corbyn, but these days they really aren’t much different from him.” – Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday
  • “No sabotage needed, Tories. Leave Labour to self-destruct.” – Rod Liddle, Sunday Times (£)
  • “If Jeremy Corbyn is the answer then Labour is asking the wrong question.” – Observer editorial

> Yesterday: Local Government – Corbyn leads on councillor endorsements

Kendall: I won’t work with “ridiculous” Corbyn

Liz Kendall 13-07-15“Labour leadership hopeful Liz Kendall will refuse to work for ‘ridiculous’ Left-winger Jeremy Corbyn if he wins the race to succeed Ed Miliband. And she won’t give him a job if she wins – even if he comes second. … The snub by Kendall came amid growing fears that Corbyn – considered a no-hoper a month ago – could pull off a shock win. If he does, Kendall says Labour will become a laughing stock and be out of power for a quarter of a century.” – Mail on Sunday

  • “Why I’m backing Liz Kendall for Labour leader.” – Alistair Darling, The Observer

Cooper still wants a 50p rate

“Yvette Cooper has called on Labour to maintain its backing for a 50p top rate of tax and oppose George Osborne’s new law requiring governments to run a budget surplus. … The shadow home secretary refused to follow Andy Burnham, her main rival for the leadership, by admitting Labour spent too much in the run-up to the financial crash. … ‘While the deficit is still too high, it’s right to have that top rate in place,’ she said. “I still think it’s the right thing to do.'” – Sunday Times (£)

Report says that Labour could become irrelevant to its lost voters

ballot_box“Disillusion with Labour is now so deep-seated they may never win back their lost supporters, say two former Labour election directors. … Alan Barnard and John Braggins have conducted a series of in-depth interviews with voters who swapped their support from Labour to the Tories this year. … ‘These voters are a hair’s breadth from becoming Conservatives,’ says the report, named Listening to Labour’s Last Voter. … ‘Labour is now at risk of becoming irrelevant even to voters who have been lifelong supporters.'” – Mail on Sunday

Senior Labour MP accused of child sex abuse

“A senior Labour MP has been reported to police by two fellow MPs over claims of child sex abuse, The Mail on Sunday has learned. … One of the informants, Labour MP John Mann, passed details about the prominent individual to officers earlier this year. … Then, a fortnight ago, a Conservative MP went to the same police force armed with information about the same individual, some of which had been provided to him by a former Government Minister.” – Mail on Sunday

  • “A man who says that Cyril Smith repeatedly raped him as a boy is set to become the first of the paedophile MP’s victims to sue the Liberal Democrat Party for compensation.” – Mail on Sunday

The SNP’s Westminster leader attacks Cameron over Scottish devolution

Scottish flag“David Cameron is ‘doing everything in his power’ to make the Commons even less popular in Scotland than before last year’s independence referendum, according to the SNP Westminster leader, Angus Robertson. … In an interview with The Independent on Sunday, Mr Robertson claimed that Mr Cameron showed ‘little understanding of Scotland before the referendum and even less since’. The SNP is furious that Scotland is not getting the powers it believes it was promised, including substantial fiscal autonomy, in the Scotland Bill.” – Indepenent on Sunday

  • “The only arrangement equally fair to all is a federal parliament.” – Simon Heffer, Sunday Telegraph

Delays to Parliament’s renovation work

“A £400m project to revamp MPs’ offices is at least a year behind schedule – and could delay the larger £7.1bn structural rescue of the Houses of Parliament. … Three listed buildings that neighbour the Palace of Westminster – Norman Shaw North, 1 Parliament Street, and 1 Derby Gate – are due to undergo essential refurbishment. They are home to around 950 passholders – a mix of MPs and their staff.” – Independent on Sunday

A catalogue of the BBC’s wasteful spending

BBC Money Funnel“A damning catalogue of multi-million-pound waste within the BBC is exposed for the first time today by The Mail on Sunday. … Documents obtained under Freedom of Information laws reveal a climate of ‘feckless’ excess and extravagance – including millions spent on first class travel. … The figures expose a revolving door culture in which staff are given large redundancy payments and then rehired at exorbitant rates, as well as overpayments leading to vast sums of licence fee payers’ money being wasted.” – Mail on Sunday

  • “A Senior BBC executive secretly lobbied the last Labour Government over the unpaid £700,000 tax bill of a controversial charity which was later mysteriously waived at public expense.” – Mail on Sunday
  • “Police and prosecutors were wrong to treat a Mail on Sunday journalist as a suspect after he exposed a drug-taking doctor, the head of the Crown Prosecution Service has ruled in a major victory for press freedom.” – Mail on Sunday
  • “The veteran political broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby has attacked the commercial enemies of the BBC for setting out to destroy it, and has urged audiences to rise up to defend the corporation.” – The Observer

And comment:

  • “The BBC is a unique institution, central to our culture.” – Stefan Collini, The Observer
  • “The BBC is now such a huge, self-referring, inbred institution that it can no longer trust its own judgment.” – Janet Daley, Sunday Telegraph

Buckingham Palace on the hunt for whoever leaked that footage to The Sun

“Buckingham Palace has launched a hunt to discover how leaked footage of the Queen being taught how to do a Nazi salute in 1933 ended up in the hands of The Sun. … The palace is considering legal action and has begun an inquiry into whether there was ‘any criminality’ involved in obtaining the 17-second film clip. … The publication of the grainy black-and-white footage, which belongs in the family’s private archive, caused outrage across the nation.” – Mail on Sunday

  • “Historians called yesterday for the Royal Archives to be thrown open in the wake of The Sun’s incredible exclusive of the Queen performing a Nazi salute. … Experts were also quick to defend our publication of images of a seven-year-old Queen mimicking her uncle Edward VIII’s salute as they larked around at Balmoral in 1933.” – Sun on Sunday (£)
  • “One of Britain’s leading lip readers has cast doubt over a video claiming to show the Queen performing a Nazi salute, insisting that the seven-year-old princess was simply waving on the instruction of her father.” – Mail on Sunday

And comment:

  • The Queen“The modernisation of the Royals, kick-started by the nation’s reaction to Diana’s death and continuing today with the energy and charisma of William, Kate and Harry, should go hand-in-hand with a new openness towards the public.” – Sun on Sunday editorial (£)
  • “The fuss over a film from 1933 showing the future monarch using a fascist salute is absurd and ahistorical.” – Sunday Telegraph editorial
  • “The royals are mocking Hitler, not hailing him.” – Andrew Roberts, Sunday Times (£)
  • “Other, more appropriate, photographs come to mind: the famous portrait of her as an 18-year-old in the uniform of the wartime ambulance service – hard working, utterly dedicated. It is in its own way iconic.” – Sarah Bradford, Mail on Sunday
  • “Queen’s ‘Nazi salute’ was simply larking for the cameras.” – Hugo Vickers, Sunday Telegraph

Dominic Lawson: This is what Nazism looks like

“I have almost lost count of the comments to the effect that in leading the eurozone’s imposition of stringent conditions on yet another bailout for Greece’s national debt, the government of Angela Merkel has behaved like the Third Reich. … So it might make sense to take a deep breath and compare the past and the present in Germany’s treatment of Greece. During the Axis occupation, the Germans and their allies killed up to 70,000 Greeks, most infamously when Nazi troops exterminated the entire male population of Kalavryta.” – Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times (£)

  • “No need for panic at the palace.” – Sunday Times editorial (£)

News in brief

  • The Iranian nuclear deal “will make America and the world safer and more secure”, claims Obama – The Observer
  • Greece’s former finance minister says that the new reforms will fail – The Observer
  • Union boss receives payoff package of over half-a-million pounds – Sunday Times (£)
  • New controls to be proposed for the advertisement of sugary drinks – Sunday Times (£)
  • British Tour de France leader has urine thrown at him during race – Sunday Telegraph

And finally 1) Burnham slips on soap

Andy Burnham“Andy Burnham’s claim to be a man of the people was exposed as a sham as he flunked a popular culture quiz. … In an interview to be broadcast on Tuesday, Fubar Radio presenter Tom Latchem told the Shadow Health Secretary: ‘You’ll know this one. Which soap legend was buried last week?’ … But Mr Burnham, who claims too many politicians are stuck in the ‘Westminster bubble’, replied: ‘Don’t know.'” – Sun on Sunday (£)

And finally 2) Tweeting for idiots

“MPs and peers have been given an idiot’s guide to Twitter — with obvious advice urging them not to lie or bore voters. … The manual explaining the social network, which forces users to be brief, runs to 5,500 words. … And it includes such pearls of wisdom as ‘Tell the truth’ and ‘Never tweet while drunk’.” – Sun on Sunday (£)

And finally 3) The secrets of Farron’s leadership campaign

Gordon Brown Meets With Vietnamese Prime Minister“Tim Farron’s successful Liberal Democrat leadership campaign was codenamed ‘From Langley Park to Memphis’, the title of the third album by 1980s pop band Prefab Sprout. … Mr Farron has previously named the band’s singer-songwriter, Paddy McAloon, as one of his three ideal dinner guests.” – Independent on Sunday

> Yesterday: ToryDiary – Don’t let’s be beastly to Tim Farron