Labour is no longer an anti-racist party, but has become ‘a home for overt anti-semites’

‘Jeremy Corbyn has made his party a home for ‘overt anti-Semites’, the Board of Deputies of British Jews said last night in its strongest statement yet. Marie van der Zyl, the board’s president, accused him of leading Labour into a ‘dark place of ugly conspiracy theories’. She said Labour could no longer be called an anti-racist party because it was actively blocking measures to tackle hatred – and punishing those who speak out against anti-Semitism…Ian Austin, the adopted child of Jewish refugees, was sent a disciplinary letter after rowing with Labour chairman Ian Lavery over its failure to properly tackle anti-Semitism in the party. Mr Austin hit back yesterday, saying Mr Corbyn had spent his whole career on the ‘extreme fringes’ defending anti-Semites. It came as a video emerged of the Labour leader blaming an Islamist terror attack in Egypt on the ‘hand of Israel’ in 2012. The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism put in a complaint to the Labour Party about the comment.’ – Daily Mail

  • Labour now faces 252 more allegations of anti-semitism – The Sun
  • Corbyn supporter says Jews can leave the country if they dislike Labour government – Daily Mail
  • And yet the Party still drags its feet – Andrew Pierce, Daily Mail

>Today: ToryDiary: Our Tory members’ panel survey. Expectation of a Conservative-led government after the next election drops to a record low.

Johnson: Corbyn could solve the problem in an instant. Why won’t he?

‘Corbyn goes a step further. He believes that it should be perfectly proper to claim that Israel is a “racist endeavour” – that Zionism equals racism – and in doing so he deliberately or unconsciously legitimates a fairly nauseating line of attack on all the millions of Jewish people who, to a greater or lesser extent, identify with Israel…That is why some Labour MPs feel so alarmed and offended, and they wonder, given the anger he has caused, why on earth Corbyn persists in this approach. The answer seems to be that he really believes in it. Like John McDonnell and Seumas Milne, his closest associates, he really does believe that the West is responsible for the woes of the entire Middle East; and at least in the case of Wykehamist Guardianista Seumas Milne, Corbyn’s chief ideologue, they see the very existence of Israel as a tragedy that should have been averted. Indeed, the heart of the problem for Corbyn is that if he adopted the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism, then Milne would immediately have to resign from the Labour Party, since he has written in terms that Israel is a racist endeavour.’ – Boris Johnson, Daily Telegraph

>Today: Nicky Morgan’s column: This long, hot summer of political discontent

Project Fear Round Two: Rees-Mogg accuses the Government of ‘scare tactics’ to promote a bad deal

‘Failure to prepare for a no deal Brexit makes Britain look fretful, weak and incompetent, Jacob Rees-Mogg warned last night. The prominent Eurosceptic said the Government appeared to be trying to frighten voters into accepting further compromises. His intervention came as ministers faced a backlash over reports that the Army could be put on standby to deal with the fall-out if Britain leaves without a deal. There was further Eurosceptic anger yesterday after it emerged that 70 technical notices on planning for no deal will be released on a single day at the end of next month, shortly before MPs return to Westminster. Mr Rees-Mogg, chairman of the European Research Group of Tory MPs, said ministers were using scare tactics to bolster support for the Prime Minister’s Chequers deal.’ – The Times

>Today: James Arnell on Comment: No Deal 1) The money

Wallace: May is becoming career Kryptonite for ambitious Conservative MPs

‘The shift of mood in recent weeks ought to worry the prime minister. The sheer unpopularity of her Chequers plan, the sidelining of the Brexit department, and the retreat from clear red lines to — at best — dubious claims of delivering a good deal have enraged many Conservative members and voters…If May becomes truly toxic among the Tory grassroots, anyone regarded as a loyal member of her cabinet team could end up with a black mark in the eyes of the party’s electorate in the country. That poses two dangers to the government. Downing Street’s influence dwindles ever faster, as rebellion becomes more profitable than loyalty. And the government is denied fresh talent, as ambitious MPs come to fear that promotion would be as fatal as Kryptonite.’ – Mark Wallace. The Times

>Yesterday: Andrew Lilico on Comment: Forget the Irish Sea border. If we must have a backstop, how about a Celtic Sea border instead?

Javid doubles funding to fight youth crime

‘Ministers are to double the funding available to the police to tackle the surge in youth violence that has led to a 20 per cent increase in knife attacks. Sajid Javid, the home secretary, is expected to say today that police forces will be able to bid for £22 million for projects to steer young people away from serious violence under the early intervention youth fund, which previously had a budget of £11 million. The increase comes amid concern at rising violent crime, often associated with gang membership. Earlier this year, the Office for National Statistics showed that, while overall crime had fallen, gun crime had gone up by 11 per cent and knife crime by 22 per cent. The new money, which will be open to bids from police and crime commissioners, is designed to tackle the underlying causes of gang membership.’ – The Times

  • Stopping knife crime must be the police’s top priority – The Sun Says
  • Prince Harry opts to focus his work on the issue – The Sun
  • A generation of coke-snorting hypocrites fuel the violence epidemic – Clare Foges, The Times
  • Leaked letter shows Williamson telling May she has made the wrong decision on army pay – The Times

Policy Exchange proposes using the aid budget to pay illegal immigrants to return home

‘The report calls for “more financial incentives to leave” because it costs ten times more to remove an illegal immigrant against their will than it does for them to go voluntarily. It says taxpayers’ cash could be used to fund “small enterprises” in their country of origin for those who decide to leave themselves. The report said: “More investment is required in the management of the 80,000 known immigration offenders who sign on every month, including more financial incentives to leave and a collaboration with DFID to fund small enterprises in their country of origin for voluntary returners.” Report author David Goodhart said: “Why not pay people to leave? Could that swollen foreign aid budget not play a role here, subsidising enterprising illegals to set up businesses in their home countries?”’ – The Sun

Now councils are trialling bin collections every three weeks

‘Families across the country face having their rubbish collected only once every three weeks in a new push by councils to intensify compulsory recycling schemes. The three-weekly system, in which families must wait for 21 days between collections of rubbish that is not intended for recycling, is now set to spread into southern and western England and across the north. The three-week wait for a general waste collection has been proposed by Guildford council in Surrey and new schemes are planned or being introduced in East Devon, St Helens on Merseyside, Oldham and Rochdale. Wigan introduced the system last year.’ – Daily Mail

  • The Red Tractor scheme is under fire for failing to protect animal welfare – The Times
  • The brand relies on trust – The Times Leader
  • Gove calls in water bosses over failure to control leaks – The Times
  • Energy companies use smart meters that obstruct switching – Daily Telegraph

Burnham urges May to intervene in northern rail chaos

‘Theresa May is facing calls to end the chaos affecting thousands of rail passengers in the North. In a strongly-worded letter, the Mayor of Greater Manchester said services on Northern Rail continued to be poor despite repeated calls for action from Transport Secretary Chris Grayling. Labour’s Andy Burnham pointed out there were almost 1,200 full or part cancellations of services in Lancashire and Cumbria in just three weeks following the introduction of an emergency timetable in June. He also said that Merseyside services into Manchester and Wigan had suffered 991 cancellations. Mr Burnham said he had no choice but to ask the Prime Minister to intervene.’ – Daily Mail

Greenpeace films undercover at the IEA, discovers free market think tank

‘He said the thinktank was keen to commission a study on post-Brexit farming which would focus on how changes in technology, genomics and chemicals could benefit the British countryside. The idea was to “get these ideas in the bloodstream of Defra”, Littlewood said, referring to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which is run by Gove. The IEA director suggested the report would be written by Matt Ridley, a commentator on genetics in agriculture, who had already discussed the idea with Gove. The undercover reporter was given a summary of the report and a cost plan, which showed the IEA needed £42,500 to produce and publicise it. It said £5,000 of the sum would go towards a private lunch for the donor. Littlewood said this would be with a minister, and that a minister, “quite possibly” Gove, would also be invited to the launch. In the recording, Littlewood said IEA reports were consistent with the thinktank’s ideological position and he said donors could not dictate their conclusions.’ – The Guardian

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