Immigration 1) May: Free movement should only apply to those with a job

MAY Theresa menacing‘I am not going to beat about the bush. The numbers are far too high. This government has an objective to reduce annual net migration to the tens of thousands — but the latest figures, released on Thursday, show it is three times that level, at 330,000….If we want to control immigration — and bring it down to the tens of thousands — we must take some big decisions, face down powerful interests and reinstate the original principle underlying free movement within the EU.’ – Theresa May, Sunday Times (£)

Immigration 2) Martin: This crisis poses a real problem for the In camp

‘It is possible to see how this escalating migration crisis could end up propelling the UK out of the EU when a referendum is held before the end of 2017. If that happens, a redesign of the failing European project will be required. The complacent consensus of the moment, as Westminster readies itself for the return to work, is that this will not happen and that the British Yes campaign will triumph. The Realists‑for-In camp is confident…What, though, if the cosy consensus is – as it has been rather a lot in recent years – wrong?’ – Iain Martin, Sunday Telegraph

Boulton: The House of Lords has become a farce

Lords‘Far from honouring the best, a peerage is often a way of clearing the unwanted or the useless out of the way. It is not a coincidence that former MPs on the latest list have vacated some of the safest seats in the country. Swelling the Lords to more than 800 members — a total outdone only by a national assembly in the undemocratic People’s Republic of China — means David Cameron is burdening the taxpayer with an extra bill of £1.2m a year. He has created peers at a faster rate than any other prime minister, averaging 44 a year to Tony Blair’s 37 and Margaret Thatcher’s 18, as if to illustrate just how insincere was his comment that Lords reform is a priority for the third term (which he doesn’t intend to serve anyway).’ – Adam Boulton, Sunday Times (£)

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: The challenge of shrinking the Lords

An insight into the tensions between Downing Street and Boris

‘One Number 10 insider says: ‘There was a sense in this building that the PM and Chancellor were getting on taking the difficult decisions while Boris, with his crass bumbling, was lapping it all up and loving twisting the knife.’ After Johnson lists in print all the Old Etonians who have gone on to become prime minister, Cameron sends him a text: ‘The next PM will be Miliband if you don’t f****** shut up.’’ – Mail on Sunday

>Today: ToryDiary: Healey’s birthday, Seldon’s book – and the challenges of modern political biography

Former Chief of the Defence Staff castigates Cameron’s Syria policy

obamacameron‘In a scathing attack on Cameron’s record on Libya and Syria, General Sir David Richards, ex-chief of the defence staff, said the Prime Minister was more interested in pursuing a ‘Notting Hill liberal agenda’ than showing serious ‘statecraft’. Richards was backed by Britain’s spy chief, who delivered an astonishing personal slap-down to Cameron in a bitter Downing Street clash over Libya. The revelations come in an explosive new biography of Cameron by Britain’s leading political biographer Sir Anthony Seldon.’ – Mail on Sunday

Whatever happened to the Military Covenant?

‘What happened to the Armed Forces Covenant so often trumpeted by our politicians, not least David Cameron?..This paper has campaigned for better care for our soldiers and has backed the many brilliant charities that support them, such as Help for Heroes. Today we launch a campaign for better treatment of PTSD sufferers. But responsibility lies first and foremost with the Government.’ – The Sun on Sunday Says (£)

Gibb plans automatic right for siblings to attend the same school

GIBB Nick smiling‘Brothers and sisters will no longer have to go to different schools because places are over-subscribed, under plans being drawn up by ministers. Nick Gibb, the Schools minister, said he wants to give siblings an automatic right to attend the same state school for the first time…Mr Gibb told The Sunday Telegraph that he wanted to make the sibling rule mandatory so that local authorities would have to offer places to brothers and sisters. Mr Gibb said he was “just trying to ease the stresses and problems that families face in juggling child care with working lives”’ – Sunday Telegraph

Pickles wants to force people to explain sudden wealth

‘Sir Eric is championing new “unexplained wealth orders” based on powers in Ireland which reverse the burden of proof onto the recipient to justify where their questionable cash has come from. The initiative comes after Mr Cameron, the Prime Minister, unveiled proposals to unmask the owners of British homes bought through foreign companies in order to flush out criminals. Officials from the Home Office, Treasury, Ministry of Justice and Serious Fraud Office have been in talks with anti-corruption campaigners about how the new measures might work.’ – Sunday Telegraph

Clover: The Government’s anti-subsidy radicalism is common sense

Nuclear power towers‘Since being appointed energy and climate change secretary, Amber Rudd has ended new subsidies for onshore wind, parked the Green Deal, ended the zero-carbon homes plan, speeded up rules allowing an expansion of fracking and removed guaranteed subsidy for biomass. Last week she slashed subsidies for solar roofs and farms. She has also said she is committed to signing up to the first truly global deal to limit greenhouse gas emissions in Paris this December…There may indeed be some short-term turmoil as wind and solar adjust (maybe we will see the end of those irritating cold callers) but what is not widely recognised is that Rudd wasn’t being mindlessly ideological and most of her decisions were those of any sensible party.’ – Charles Clover, Sunday Times (£)

New crackdown on ‘tipping abuse’

‘Ministers last night pledged to stop restaurant owners from pocketing the service charge intended for waiters as part of a crackdown ordered by the Prime Minister on so-called ‘tipping abuse’. Business Secretary Sajid Javid said the Government would consult senior figures in the restaurant trade…over a new industry-wide code of practice to ensure that more of the money ends up with waiters, bar staff and kitchen workers.’ – Mail on Sunday

Blair: Labour has stepped through the looking glass

BLAIR Europe‘There is a politics of parallel reality going on, in which reason is an irritation, evidence a distraction, emotional impact is king and the only thing that counts is feeling good about it all. So when people like me come forward and say elect Jeremy Corbyn as leader and it will be an electoral disaster, his enthusiastic new supporters roll their eyes. Neil Kinnock, Gordon Brown and I have collectively around 150 years of Labour party membership. We’re very different. We disagree on certain things. But on this we’re agreed. Anyone listening? Nope.’ – Tony Blair, The Observer

>Yesterday: LeftWatch: It wouldn’t make sense for Corbyn to moderate as leader

Ulster Unionists vote to leave Northern Irish Government

‘The Ulster Unionist party’s (UUP) ruling executive has voted to leave Northern Ireland’s regional government, in a move that will put pressure on other unionists to follow suit and threatens the future of the power-sharing agreement. This follows the murder of an ex-IRA assassin by some of his former comrades earlier this month, which has created potentially the greatest crisis for the five-party coalition at Stormont in almost a decade.’ – The Observer

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