The migrant crisis in Calais will last all summer, warns Cameron…

CAMERON Marr Europe“David Cameron today promised to send extra sniffer dogs and fencing to Calais as he admitted the migrant crisis in Calais will last all summer.  … Army barracks in Kent will also be used as a lorry car park to relieve some of travel chaos on the M20 and extra ferry crossings could be laid on to prevent family holidays being disrupted. … As pictures emerged of migrants clinging to the roof of a lorry as it arrived in Britain this morning, there were warnings that the crisis will spread to other parts of the country.” – Daily Mail

> Yesterday:

…as he attacks the Lib Dems for blocking immigration controls…

Libdem bird vs TORY“David Cameron attacked his former Lib Dem partners yesterday and blamed them for the failure to deal with immigration. … Speaking about the first 80 days of his Tory Government, he said any real progress he wanted to make in the Coalition was blocked by Lib Dem ‘fiefdoms’ in Whitehall. … In a dig at pro-immigration ex-Business Secretary Vince Cable, he said every department now had the same goals so the Government could tackle the immigration crisis.” – The Sun (£)

  • “The Conservative majority government has not wasted a day since it was elected because ministers no longer have to make it up as they go along, as they did in coalition, David Cameron has said after the first 80 days of his administration.” – The Guardian
  • “It’s barely three months since the party was reduced to a rump at Westminster. But former ministers David Laws, Vince Cable and Norman Baker have already announced deals to tell their side of the Coalition story.” – The Independent

> Today: ToryDiary – Was the Coalition a good or a bad thing?

…yet his own response is criticised

Border“[Cameron’s] five-point plan for restoring order, including sending extra sniffer dogs and fences to France, was immediately denounced as a ‘sticking plaster’. … And the company which supplies sniffer dogs to the Home Office said it had not been contacted about providing extra resources. … MPs and haulage bosses said Mr Cameron’s response showed he and his officials ‘don’t have a clue’ about the scale of the crisis. … His proposal to increase capacity on ferry routes which avoid Calais was dismissed as a ‘red herring’ by the UK Chamber of Shipping.” – Daily Mail

  • “The Deputy Mayor of Calais has struck out at David Cameron today, arguing the Prime Minister’s response to the Calais migrant crisis is ‘racist’ and ‘extremist’.” – The Independent
  • “British families have started cancelling their holidays to the continent over the growing crisis in France after ferry workers went on strike and left the roads blocked with burning tyres, bringing traffic to a standstill and causing huge tailbacks.” – Daily Mail
  • “A YouGov poll in late June found that only 15 per cent of people thought the UK should ‘offer to take some of the migrants’. … But broader polls reveal a curious phenomenon. Over the past few years while public concern about immigration and support for Ukip have risen, Britons have become more supportive of staying in the EU.” – Financial Times

And comment:

  • Newspaper mastheads“…one of the main reasons why David Cameron’s response to the ongoing bedlam at Calais was so pathetic yesterday is that anything more radical would inevitably be challenged by the charities and lawyers and be struck down by the judges.” – Daily Mail editorial
  • “To call it a sticking plaster is to insult the efficiency of sticking plasters.” – Sun editorial (£)
  • “Europe must take the long view on migration.” – Financial Times editorial
  • “…ministers on both sides of the Channel must not lose sight of the larger interest of maintaining relations to help secure the UK’s place within the EU.” – Guardian editorial
  • “In a way, the shocking scenes at Calais are a reassuring reminder of our privilege of being an island.” – Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph
  • “Britain’s island mentality is making the Calais migrant crisis all the more difficult.” – Deborah Orr, The Guardian

The Prime Minister pledges to introduce the cap on care costs

“David Cameron has vowed to come good on his promise to introduce a cap on elderly care fees but he admitted it will take longer to come into effect than he had pledged in the election campaign. … Ministers provoked outrage earlier this month when it was announced the flagship manifesto pledge to bring in a cap of £72,000 on care home costs by next April was being delayed until 2020. … Mr Cameron insisted: ‘it will happen.’” – Daily Mail

  • “A nation that cares more about an old lion than old people.” – Amanda Platell, Daily Mail

Jamie Oliver is brought in to help tackle childhood obesity

Jamie Oliver“David Cameron has called in Jamie Oliver in a bid to tackle the ‘disturbing’ childhood obesity epidemic. … The Prime Minister wants the television chef to work with schools and doctors to stop young children becoming overweight. … Oliver, who famously campaigned to improve school dinners a decade ago, will help ministers draw up a strategy to challenge the problem of obesity among primary school pupils.” – Daily Mail

  • “David Cameron must turn a deaf ear to Jamie’s pleas for a sugar tax, which he’s brought in on some soft drinks in his restaurants.” – Sun editorial (£)
  • “Sugar pushers have had it sweet for too long.” – Carol Midgley, The Times (£)

Doctors versus Hunt, round 274

“Jeremy Hunt has ‘peddled myths’ about doctors’ workloads and demoralised the NHS workforce over plans for more seven-day services, the leader of Britain’s doctors has claimed, as a survey reveals nine out of 10 consultants are already on evening and weekend rotas.  … Ahead of crunch contract talks, Dr Mark Porter, chairman of the British Medical Association (BMA), said the profession was ‘furious’ with the Health Secretary, who told it to ‘get real’ over the need for a ‘proper seven-day service in hospitals’ last month.” – The Independent

  • “GPs are routinely handing out patients’ medical records to insurance firms, the information watchdog has warned.” – Daily Mail

And comment:

  • “The Health Secretary has lost the confidence of the medical profession in his attempt to reform the NHS.” – Independent editorial

> Yesterday: Owen Meredith and Jonathan Glanz on Comment – Of course there is waste in the NHS, and it must be cut out

May steps in to grant Ai Weiwei a visa

Theresa May 14-04-15“Theresa May has intervened to grant Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei a full six-month visa to enter Britain, following an outcry over an earlier decision to limit his stay in the UK later this year to just 20 days. … The home secretary on Friday overturned a ruling by her officials to refuse Mr Ai a full business visa on the grounds that the artist had been convicted of a crime and had failed to disclose this on his visa application.” – Financial Times

Solar power can survive without subsidies, says Rudd

“Solar and wind power generators can prosper in Britain without subsidies, UK energy secretary Amber Rudd said, defending her plans to slash renewable energy subsidies and cut funds for home energy efficiency. … ‘The point about subsidies is they should be something that provides support, ahead of going without subsidies. Nobody wants subsidies to be there permanently.'” – Financial Times

Shawcross tells charities: Aggressive fundraising must stop

Charity“‘The plethora of stories of people being deluged by mailings and harassed by endless telephone calls on behalf of charities are intolerable,’ [the chairman of the Charity Commission] says. ‘Charities must listen to what people want and, more importantly, do not want.’ Chugging — charity mugging of people in the street — does in his view cause offence. ‘It should be done really discreetly, politely and kindly. There is a dilemma for charities. They have to raise money … but they mustn’t be aggressive.'” – William Shawcross, interviewed in The Times (£)

  • “It is encouraging that the commission is prioritising abuse and mismanagement, and that it is taking a strong stance on soliciting.” – Times editorial (£)

Matthew Parris: The Conservative Party needs to enthuse and inspire

“The more positive a grasp we can take on the future, the less we need wring our hands about places such as Clacton. We can start thinking instead about the pleasant environments our seaside communities can be — often are — as we turn away from the amusement arcades and failing attractions. … Tell me when, since a century ago, as Britain headed into the first of two debilitating world wars, the final loss of empire and then decades of economic decline, the Conservative party has been in a better place to enthuse and inspire about the future? When, if not now?” – Matthew Parris, The Times (£)

  • “The Conservatives must become the champions of social mobility.” – James Kirkup, Daily Telegraph

Quentin Letts calls for a cull of the Lords

Quentin Letts“When voters hear ‘peer of the realm’ they may imagine decorated war commanders, titans of industry or snowy-haired elders of our land. Dream on. The peers about to be announced will more likely include party donors, failed politicians and other flunkeys and chums whom Mr Cameron finds it politic to reward. … These will be placemen and placewomen; mates, gauche proteges, bland insiders who are ‘owed one’. It stinks.” – Quentin Letts, Daily Mail

  • “Peers should be forced to retire when they reach old age to ensure the House of Lords remains ‘fit for purpose’, the Lord Speaker has suggested as she ordered a review into the code of conduct.” – Daily Telegraph
  • “Ecstatic bra tycoon Michelle Mone was “delighted and thrilled” when she learned she is to be made a Tory peer.” – The Sun (£)

> Yesterday: ToryDiary – This Parliament will bolster the case for Lords reform. Cameron should answer it.

Did Corbyn ignore Islington child abuse warnings?

“Surely, they thought, Corbyn would therefore stop at nothing to protect Islington’s vulnerable children, and to bring rapists, pornographers and possible murderers to justice. … Or so they hoped. But, in the event, Davies and her fellow social workers would be sorely disappointed. … ‘After that meeting, we never heard another thing,’ Davies recalls. ‘There was no letter. No phone call. I never, ever saw him speak about it.’” – Daily Mail

Galloway suggests he may rejoin the Labour Party – on one, possibly impending, condition

LABOUR dead rose“Leftwing firebrand George Galloway has vowed to rejoin the Labour party ‘pretty damn quick’ if Jeremy Corbyn becomes leader. … The controversial former MP was kicked out of the Labour party in 2003 for outspoken criticism of Tony Blair’s Iraq War. … But he claimed that if Mr Corbyn wins the race to lead the party, its membership would swell to a million people.” – Daily Mail

  • “When the controversial firebrand Derek Hatton was expelled from the Labour Party almost 30 years ago, few thought that he would ever be allowed to return. … Yet despite being a pariah in the Labour movement for decades, Hatton has quietly re-joined Labour as a member in the past few weeks — just in time to vote for hard-Left Jeremy Corbyn in the party’s leadership contest.” – Daily Mail
  • “The election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party could scupper plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport after he came out against the project.” – The Independent

And comment:

  • “The Robin Hood Tax is a more sensible and fairer way of helping our economy to recover.” – Jeremy Corbyn, The Independent
  • “Jeremy Corbyn: the first 100 days.” – Michael Deacon, Daily Telegraph
  • “Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza.” – Andrew Grice, The Independent
  • “…this week the dark horse became the bookies’ favourite. And he has bad news for the Blairites: his campaign is, he insists, ‘for real’. Indeed Boris Johnson, the charismatic and ambitious Tory London mayor, says Mr Corbyn appeals precisely because he is authentic.” – George Parker, Financial Times

> Yesterday: ToryDiary – Don’t get too gleeful about Corbyn: entryists may try to hijack Conservative selections, too

Burnham: Labour could go back to the 1980s if Corbyn wins

Andy Burnham“Supporters of the Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn are playing a dangerous game by resorting to inflammatory language which risks a return to the splits and factionalism of the 1980s, Andy Burnham has said. … Speaking to the Guardian before the launch of his leadership manifesto next week, Burnham said he attached no blame to Corbyn. But he said of some of his supporters: “’here are dangers here, there are some echoes of the early ‘80s. Those should ring loud warnings, alarm bells.'” – The Guardian

Read the Guardian’s interview with Burnham in full

  • “Labour face a generation out of power if they elect Jeremy Corbyn as leader, one of Tony Blair’s most loyal trade union leaders said yesterday.” – The Sun (£)
  • “Abby Tomlinson, the teenager who found Internet fame after her adoration for Ed Miliband went viral, says Labour should choose Andy Burnham as its next leader.” – Daily Telegraph

And comment:

  • “The only faction Labour needs to extinguish is the infantile Left, a toxic mix of deluded old union bores and naive young social-media revolutionaries.” – Sun editorial (£)
  • “Moronic unions have lost touch with reality.” – Daily Telegraph editorial

Balls urges Labour to back big business

“Ed Balls reveals that he became increasingly concerned about the Labour Party’s anti-business rhetoric adopted by Ed Miliband before the last election. … In his first interview since losing his seat, Mr Balls said that he tried to convince Mr Miliband that he ‘needed to position himself better with business’ to show that Labour was fit to govern. … He said he was ‘pretty frustrated’ after being passed over as Mr Miliband’s first choice as shadow chancellor and was not part of Mr Miliband’s core campaign team as the election approached.” – Daily Telegraph

Read the Daily Telegraph’s interview with Ed Balls in full

Cameron can’t stand in the way of another Scottish referendum, warns Sturgeon

Sturgeon“David Cameron can’t ‘stand in the way’ of a another Scottish referendum, says SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon. … The Prime Minister this week said last year’s ballot in Scotland was decisive and he doesn’t see the need for another poll. … But Sturgeon hit back, saying: ‘I want Scotland to be independent, but just because I want it, doesn’t make it happen. … There will only be another referendum if a majority of people in Scotland want it.'” – The Sun (£)

  • “Scotland’s efforts to use a different model to fund infrastructure development suffered a setback after the independent Office for National Statistics declared that a £1.45bn Aberdeen bypass project now under construction should be included in the central government balance sheet.” – Financial Times

Paxman meets the SNP’s Black

“So what explains the SNP’s triumph, only a few months later, in the general election? It wasn’t an upsurge of nationalist feeling. ‘The SNP destroyed Labour because we were anti-austerity, whereas their message was almost the same as in the Better Together campaign.’ … The waiter returns with another bottle of overpriced mineral water — a restaurant racket I am too feeble to refuse. ‘You know,’ says Black mischievously, ‘in Scotland we drink water out of the tap.'” – Jeremy Paxman, Financial Times

UKIP general election candidate: “We are perceived to be on the side of the bigots.”

UKIP glass“A leading Ukip member who organised the party’s involvement in London Pride has warned people think it is ‘overflowing with racists, homophobes and bigots’. … Richard Hendron, who stood as a general election candidate, told a party conference that Nigel Farage had done ‘no favours’ with his remarks in the televised leadership debates condemning the treatment of foreign-born HIV sufferers on the NHS.” – Daily Mail

Universities setting lower grade targets for state school pupils

“Teenagers from state schools are winning places at elite universities with lower A-level grades than those from independent schools, research reveals. … The latest official figures show pupils from the state sector are much more likely to be admitted to a Russell Group university with B and C grades than their privately educated peers. … These entrants are also less likely to have obtained A or A* grades.” – Daily Mail

  • “Hundreds of A-level grades are ‘guesstimated’ each year, exam boards have admitted, as private schools warn that pupils’ futures are being put at risk by a growing marking crisis.” – Daily Telegraph

Jihadists send threatening letters to British troops’ wives

ISIS“Jihadists have sent letters to British troops’ wives threatening that they will ‘pay the price for your husband’s destruction’. … Cops yesterday warned all soldiers’ families to change their social media settings to stop them being tracked down. … The chilling note, titled ‘Jihad, The Holy War For Islam’, was thought to have been posted to a private address in Skegness, Lincs.” – The Sun (£) 

British troops being readied for Libya

“Hundreds of British troops are being lined up to go to Libya as part of a major new international mission to help stabilise the North African country and combat Islamic State. … Military personnel from Italy, France, Spain, Germany and the United States will also take part in an operation that looks set to be activated once the rival warring factions inside Libya agree to form a single government of national unity.” – The Times (£)

News in brief

  • Rebels in Ukraine are working to develop a radioactive dirty bomb – The Times (£)
  • Palestinian child burnt to death in an arson attack by suspected Jewish extremists – The Times (£)
  • Trade talks fail to break TPP deadlock – Financial Times
  • New Monetary Policy Committee member to sever his ties with hedge fund – Financial Times
  • Bin Laden’s stepmother and sister “among four people killed” after Hampshire plane crash – Daily Mail
  • Plane wreckage, suspected to be from MH370, arrives in France for identification – The Guardian
  • British Library awarded Grade I-listed building status – The Guardian
  • New research explains why the HMS Victory sank – The Independent
  • Bishop of Shrewsbury warns against Assisted Dying Bill – Daily Telegraph
  • England take a 2-1 lead against Australia in the Ashes – Daily Telegraph