May to reclaim British fishing waters

MAY Britannia“Theresa May is expected to announce within weeks that the UK will reclaim its waters for British fishermen by pulling out of a deal that pre-dates the EU. The Prime Minister will take Britain out of the 1964 London convention which allows European fishing vessels to access waters six to twelve nautical miles from British shores. Pulling out of agreement would mean a clean slate for British fisherman after Brexit, although the Government could seek to secure a new deal during the negotiations.” – Daily Telegraph

More Brexit:

  • EU nationals barred from roles in Brexit Department – Daily Mail
  • Brussels bracing for ‘nasty’ exit talks – Daily Express
  • Anti-Brexit politicians will urge protesters to ‘keep fighting’ – The Independent
  • Cracks on show at EU ‘unity’ summit in Rome – Daily Telegraph
  • Heseltine says Germany will ‘win the peace’ post-Brexit – The Independent


  • The EU should rebrand itself as the protector of its nations – Natalie Nougayrède, The Guardian
  • Empire 2.0 is a dangerous post-Brexit fantasy – Matthew Parris, The Times (£)
  • Remainers can march, but won’t trample the will of the people – Asa Bennett, Daily Telegraph

>Today: David Rutley in Comment: Life sciences are vital to Britain’s global future

>Yesterday: Allie Renison in Comment: “Remoaner”…“Brexit fanatic” – it’s time to stop wallowing in referendum divisions

Westminster Attack 1) Ellwood elevated to the Privy Council

“‘Hero’ MP Tobias Ellwood, who battled to save the life of a police officer in the London terror attack, has been appointed to the Privy Council, Downing Street has announced. Prime Minister Theresa May praised the ‘extraordinary’ bravery of Mr Ellwood in her House of Commons statement on Thursday. The former soldier was pictured with blood on his face and clothes as he tried to give PC Palmer mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and stem the blood amid the carnage in New Palace Yard on Wednesday, but the officer died from his injuries.” – Daily Mail

  • Donations pour in for family of slain police constable – The Times (£)

>Yesterday: MPs Etc.: Tobias Ellwood is appointed to the Privy Council

Westminster Attack 2) Grieve says it’s a ‘miracle’ a terrorist didn’t get through sooner

Police shield“Parliament’s intelligence committee boss has declared it “a miracle” that MI5 held off another terror attack on British soil until Wednesday. Dominic Grieve also backed up the Home Secretary’s claim that there was no intelligence failing that meant Khalid Masood’s bloody rampage on Westminster could have been prevented. Heaping praise on the Security Service and police instead, the chairman of the powerful Intelligence and Security Committee said: “We have been extraordinarily fortunate. It has really been a miracle that it hasn’t happened sooner”. Mr Grieve’s cross-party committee has powers to launch an investigation into spies’ handling of the drama.” – The Sun

  • Number arrested in aftermath of Westminster attack rises to 11 – Daily Mail
  • Police search secret texts of terrorists – The Times (£)
  • ‘Known wolf’ attackers force intelligence rethink – FT
  • Anti-immigration politicians link attack to border policy – The Guardian


  • The new challenges facing UK counter-terrorism – Emily Winterbotham, The Guardian

Westminster Attack 3) West Midlands mayoral candidate blames poverty for extremism

“Extremism and radicalisation are being driven above all by a failure to enjoy prosperity, according to the Conservative Party’s candidate to be the first mayor of the West Midlands. Andy Street, who spent nine years as managing director of John Lewis, said that poor economic prospects made some residents of Birmingham prone to radicalisation. He said that it was unfair for the city to be badged as the “capital of radicalisation” after a recent report found that 39 out of 269 Islamist terrorism convictions since 1998 involved people living in the city.” – The Times (£)

  • Muslim leader urges May to crack down on prison radicalisation – Daily Express

More mayoralty:

  • The John Lewis boss aiming to sell voters a different brand of politics – The Times (£)


Charles Moore: The bold words are nice, but in truth we do give in to terrorism

charlesmooreAlthough it beat the Provisional IRA militarily, Britain did, to a surprising extent, give in to them. We accepted (and thus boosted) their democratic pretensions, released their prisoners, got rid of the police force (the RUC) which used to catch them, and never collected their guns and bombs. We gave them large chunks of political power and public money. McGuinness became one of the Queen’s (deputy) first ministers. Beside McGuinness’s coffin on Thursday stood Bill Clinton. It is hard to imagine a former US president making that journey for any Northern Irish politician who had never killed anyone. Sinn Fein/IRA did not win outright in Northern Ireland, but they did a lot better than if they had always followed the paths of peace.” – Daily Telegraph

  • With all we know of terror, how can we risk Northern Irish peace? – Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian

>Today: ToryDiary: Wednesday reminded people that Westminster is worth defending

Osborne claims ‘unanimous support’ from constituents over new roles…

“George Osborne has claimed he has ‘overwhelming support’ from his local Conservative Party in Cheshire, despite being appointed editor of London’s Evening Standard. The former chancellor’s new job has proved controversial after he said he intends to combine the newspaper role with that of representing his constituents in Tatton, 190 miles from the capital, in Parliament. But he has won praise from his constituents who say the MP has ‘unanimous support’ from Tories in the area.” – Daily Mail

  • Johnson urged Cameron to seek NATO role – FT

…as he and Cameron are criticised for defending Uber from Johnson

Uber“Johnson said the move to regulate what he called the ‘bumptious’ Uber was justified because, in his words, it had been breaking taxi licensing laws ‘in lots of minor ways’. Clearly feeling threatened, Uber swiftly launched a petition, claiming that Johnson’s ‘bureaucratic’ proposals would make it harder, and more expensive, to travel around the capital. Then something very unusual happened. Within hours of the petition being announced, the Mayor and senior aides began to be bombarded with angry messages from Downing Street. Some came straight from the top. George Osborne and David Cameron are believed to have sent forthright texts to the Mayor’s mobile phone.” – Daily Mail

  • Millions of motorists face higher vehicle duty – Daily Mail

More tax:

  • Luxury retailers face £32 million business rates rise – The Times (£)
  • ‘Nom-dom’ tax change to hit thousands of expats – FT

Sturgeon rules out rogue referendum

“Nicola Sturgeon has ruled out holding a rogue independence referendum because she fears that unionists would boycott it. Scotland’s first minister has been urged to call an advisory referendum on her own initiative if Theresa May continues to block an official vote. Senior nationalist figures argue that the SNP could secure a majority in favour of independence and then sue for separation. But SNP leaders believe that unionists would boycott both the campaign and the vote, rendering it meaningless. One senior source said: “It’s not going to happen. We expect the unionists to boycott it, so it’s not a runner.” Ms Sturgeon’s decision to reject a unilateral vote leaves the dispute over a second Scottish referendum in stalemate.” – The Times (£)

  • Scots to get three rounds of IVF treatment on the NHS… – Daily Mail
  • Voters belief ‘Holyrood has more influence than Westminster’ – The Scotsman


  • …even as A&E and maternity services struggle – Gerald Warner, Reaction
  • The ties of affection that bind Scotland to the Union – John Lloyd, FT
  • A surplus of historic institutions locks England in the past – Ian Jack, The Guardian
  • The enduring charm of rickety old Westminster – Henry Mance, FT

Blow to Corbyn as three more staff quit leadership team

LABOUR dead rose“Jeremy Corbyn’s office suffered a fresh blow this week after three more senior aides joined an apparent exodus from his team. Matt Zarb-Cousin, a spokesman for the Labour leader, is leaving after less than 12 months to return to his old job with the Campaign for Fairer Gambling. He has cited health reasons for his departure. Jayne Fisher, who ran Sinn Fein’s London office for ten years and became Mr Corbyn’s head of stakeholder engagement at the beginning of this year, is also quitting. At the same time, Nancy Platts, trade union liaison officer for the Labour leader’s office, has handed in her notice after a year and a half in post.” – The Times (£)

  • Labour scores record win in City of London election – FT
  • ‘Winning elections is all I’m here for’: interview with Kier Starmer – The Guardian

>Yesterday: Local Government: Conservative councils are still subsidising trade unions with Council Taxpayers money

News in Brief:

  • Ex-Argentine president ordered to stand trial for ‘defrauding the state’ – Daily Mail
  • Polling shows Macron winning the first round of the French presidential election – Daily Telegraph
  • Millions have less than £100 in savings – The Times (£)
  • Trump scraps vote on Republican healthcare bill – FT
  • Rip-off overdraft fees must be capped, argues Government report – The Sun
  • Home Office criticised for storing mugshots of innocent people – The Independent
  • Swann to take over as Ulster Unionist leader – News Letter

And finally… Davies says joining Twitter is the worst decision he ever made

“A Conservative MP has said that getting Twitter was “one of the worst things” he has ever done. Philip Davies, the MP for Shipley in West Yorkshire, said in a debate in Parliament on Friday that he has “about 16,000 followers” on the service, “all of whom hate me”. Mr Davies made the light-hearted admission in a parliamentary debate about who should be considered a journalist. He said he was “not entirely convinced” that “any moron on Twitter” should qualify as one under legislation.” – The Independent