Junior doctors go on strike

NHS‘Today’s strike by doctors over pay and conditions risks undermining public trust, they were warned yesterday, as NHS bosses told patients to try to avoid becoming ill. David Cameron made an eleventh hour appeal to medics to call off the industrial action, saying that it could cause “real difficulties for patients and potentially worse”. Junior doctors will withdraw all but emergency cover between 8am and 8pm in protest at a government plan to change their contracts, which it says is necessary to provide seven-day services.’ – The Times (£)


>Today: ToryDiary: Public sector strikes always hurt the people most

EU 1) Paterson accuses Cameron of gagging anti-EU ministers

‘The prime minister announced last week that he would suspend collective responsibility over the EU reform package, allowing cabinet ministers to call for a British exit without having to resign. Yesterday, however, in a letter to all ministers, he set a series of conditions for Tory frontbenchers…Owen Paterson, the former environment secretary, said that the letter made it “increasingly clear that it will be one rule for those who want to stay in the EU at all costs, and another rule for the rest. Ministers who wish to extol the virtues of the EU have been given a green light to do so already, while those who want to take back control are currently gagged.” – The Times (£)

>Yesterday: Sally-Ann Hart on Local Government: True localists must oppose the EU

EU 2) Merkel admits Europe is ‘vulnerable’ due to lack of border control

Border‘German Chancellor Angela Merkel has admitted Europe is ‘vulnerable’ because it does not have the ‘order or control’ it would like regarding the refugee crisis. Merkel said yesterday at an event in Mainz, near Frankfurt, that Europe was ‘vulnerable’ in the refugee crisis because it was not yet in control of the situation to the extent that it would like to be. She said: ‘Now all of a sudden we are facing the challenge that refugees are coming to Europe and we are vulnerable, as we see, because we do not yet have the order, the control, that we would like to have.” – Daily Mail

  • Germany must insist migrants adopt German values – Mariam Lau, FT
  • Vigilantes threaten to ‘clean streets’ of migrants – The Times (£)
  • Mass migration is unstoppable – Gideon Rachman, FT
  • Swedish police accused of hushing up sex attacks – Daily Telegraph
  • Ringleader of Paris terrorists got into Britain by ferry – The Times (£)
  • ‘Terror attack’ assault on former soldier in prison – The Times (£)

>Today: Nick Timothy’s column: It’s time to tell some home truths about sexism in minority communities

EU 3) Toyota will stay in the UK post-Brexit

‘Toyota will keep making cars at its plant in the English Midlands even if the UK votes to leave the European Union, chief executive Akio Toyoda said in a boost for campaigners wanting a Brexit. The comments by Mr Toyoda, the great-grandson of Toyota’s founder, will offer reassurance to the thousands of staff at its assembly plant in Burnaston near Derby and its engine plant at Deeside in North Wales. But his remarks will be a blow to the campaigners for the UK to remain in the EU.’ – FT

  • While Remain scaremonger, bosses are more relaxed about Leaving – The Sun Says (£)
  • Would the EU really offer us a trade deal? – FT Leader

Social reform 1) IDS promises targeted help for people trapped on benefits

idspic‘A blitz on helping people with drink, drug and other problems find work is to be launched after it emerged they cost the taxpayer £10 billion a year. Iain Duncan Smith revealed the figure yesterday as he promised a jobcentre scheme to identify the addictions which are stopping claimants find work. Under the Universal Support regime, officials will take personal charge of each case to ensure they get treatment, mental health counselling and other support.’ – Daily Mail

>Today: Iain Duncan Smith on Comment: How this Government is helping to reform schools, get people into work – and boost life chances

Social reform 2) Cameron: All children should have a Tiger Mum

‘David Cameron praised “tiger mums” who adopt a disciplinarian approach to parenting as he set out his strategy for tackling child poverty. The prime minister insisted that “children thrive on high expectations” and criticised schools that had an “all must have prizes” culture. Mr Cameron made the comments as part of a speech addressing the items on his so-called bucket list — the four key areas that he wants to tackle before leaving office. These are alleviating poverty, increasing social mobility, tackling extremism and promoting home ownership.’ – The Times (£)

  • Genuine and welcome zeal for reform – The Sun Says (£)
  • A focus on mental healthcare is one of his core themes – FT


Social reform 3) Toby Young: Parenting classes? Back off, nanny

YOUNG Toby Twitter‘Bringing up children may well be an ‘important job’, but that doesn’t mean it’s a legitimate area for state intervention. Few Englishmen or women would be able to regard their home as a castle if they had to put up with official advice about how to run their household. The notion that a particular style of parenting should be endorsed by the state, with anyone departing from this orthodoxy branded ‘irresponsible’, should be anathema to anyone who values the privacy of their own home.’ – Toby Young, Daily Mail

The Prime Minister is ‘deeply concerned’ about the number of legal claims against soldiers

‘David Cameron is “deeply concerned” that Iraq war veterans could face prosecution based on “fabricated” claims by alleged victims of abuse by British soldiers. The prime minister’s official spokesperson said that Mr Cameron was worried that people could be solicited by lawyers into making false claims of mistreatment at the hands of members of the UK military.’ – FT

Quan-gone: Environment Agency and HMRC bosses quit

Flood‘The chairman of the Environment Agency has resigned after being criticised for failing to return from a holiday in Barbados during the flooding and then trying to conceal his absence. Sir Philip Dilley said that he was resigning yesterday, partly because he did not accept that he should be available at such short notice throughout the year. He added that media scrutiny was affecting his family and “diverting attention” from efforts to help those affected by flooding.’ – The Times (£)

Tory MPs raise fears over plans to regulate Sunday schools

‘Sunday schools could be banned from teaching children that marriage should be between a man and a woman, under plans to force them to undergo regular Ofsted inspections, Tory MPs will warn. The Conservative MPs – Sir Gerald Howarth, David Burrowes, Gary Streeter and Fiona Bruce MP – warned that the changes could have a “seriously detrimental effect on the freedom of religious organisations”.’ – Daily Telegraph

GMB threatens to fight Corbyn over Trident

trident‘Jeremy Corbyn has been warned that one of Labour’s biggest donors will fight any attempt to drop the party’s support for Britain’s nuclear deterrent. Sir Paul Kenny, the general secretary of the GMB trade union, said that Mr Corbyn had “another shock coming” should he try to turn the party against renewing the Trident programme. He said that the GMB, which has given Labour more than £21 million since 2001, would always protect the interests of workers in the defence industry.’ – The Times (£)

>Today: Chris Grayling’s column: It’s not just Corbyn that’s unfit to govern – it’s the Labour Party he leads

>Yesterday: Nadhim Zahawi’s column: Last week confirmed that Corbyn’s Labour is now a serious threat to our national security

The Shadow Attorney General resigns

‘Jeremy Corbyn claimed that he was in charge of a “strong shadow cabinet” only for another senior member of his team quit just hours later on Monday morning. Catherine McKinnell has stepped down as shadow attorney-general — the first resignation from the shadow cabinet since Mr Corbyn became leader last September…Ms McKinnell said in a letter to the Labour leader that it had become “increasingly difficult not to speak up in the Commons” about issues on which she disagreed with him.’ – FT

  • Her successor is already under scrutiny from parliamentary authorities – The Sun (£)

Clegg condemns regional inequalities

Clegg 28-04-15‘The former deputy prime minister is poised to criticise the “postcode inequality” of educational opportunity later, while launching a cross-party commission to research the matter. He is expected to point to considerably higher academic performances of students in London, the northwest and the southeast, compared with those in other areas, citing research by the Social Market Foundation. “We are now seeing a far more complex, and in many ways more worrying, picture in our country,” Mr Clegg will say. “By focusing strictly on socio-economic inequality, policymakers like myself have been pre-occupied with just one part of the problem.”‘ – The Times (£)

>Yesterday: Left Watch: Corbyn’s greatest sin could be saving the Liberal Democrats

News in Brief

  • Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall announce their engagement – Daily Mail
  • First Brimstone missiles fired against ISIS – The Times (£)
  • BBC fights back against SNP criticism – Daily Telegraph
  • Telegraph removes trackers from journalists’ desks – FT
  • Remarkably well-preserved Bronze Age houses unearthed in Cambridgeshire – Daily Mail
  • A deflationary crisis is on the way – Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Daily Telegraph
  • Tube strike announced to oppose the night tube – FT

And finally…

Farewell, David Bowie

‘Millions of boys and girls thought he was talking directly to them and he encouraged every one of them to keep swinging. This is the way a culture changes, with the prime-time example that it is permissible to be different. He hid behind Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and the Thin White Duke but his music conducted a dialogue with a million solitudes. A month ago, Bowie’s stage show, Lazarus, opened in New York. It is too much to hope that he will rise to sing once more but there will always be a starman, waiting in the sky.’ – The Times Leader (£)

>Yesterday: Paul Goodman from 2013: Bowie, whose story has touched both fascism and communism, gazes beyond politics towards death

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