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Javid calls for Corbyn’s resignation over attendance at tribute ceremony for terrorists…

‘Jeremy Corbyn should have resigned after his visit to a cemetery containing memorials to Palestinian terrorists became public, Sajid Javid, the home secretary, said yesterday. Photographs emerged at the weekend of the Labour leader holding a wreath near the graves of some of those responsible for the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. They were taken in 2014 during a trip to Tunisia, a year before he became Labour leader…Mr Javid suggested on Twitter that it was extraordinary that the photographs had not had a greater impact. “If this was the leader of any other major political party he or she would be gone by now,” he wrote. Jonathan Goldstein, chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council, told the Jewish News that Mr Corbyn was “not fit to be a member of parliament, let alone a national leader”.’ – The Times

  • How many traditional Labour voters share his bizarre worldview? – The Sun Says
  • Unions urge Labour to adopt the full IHRA definition of anti-semitism – FT

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: If May had honoured this Israeli terrorist’s grave…

…as the widows of Munich victims accuse Corbyn of ‘maliciousness, cruelty and stupidity’

‘Ilana Romano, whose husband Yossef, a champion weightlifter, was castrated and shot dead by the Munich terrorists, said Mr Corbyn was ‘a danger’. The 71-year-old from Tel Aviv added: ‘To go to the grave of a person behind the killing of 11 athletes, he should be ashamed and apologise. He’s not a person of peace. It doesn’t bother him to hurt the families. A person who goes to the grave of killers doesn’t want peace.’ Ankie Spitzer, who lost her husband Andre, a fencing coach, at Munich, said Mr Corbyn was ‘hate-filled’. She and Mrs Romano together said: ‘We do not recall a visit of Mr Corbyn to the graves of our murdered fathers, sons and husbands. They only went to the Olympics to participate in this festival of love, peace and brotherhood; but they all returned home in coffins. For Mr Corbyn to honour these terrorists, is the ultimate act of maliciousness, cruelty and stupidity.’’ – Daily Mail

Johnson: Cut stamp duty, open up public land, and get building

‘The underlying problem is supply, and the chronic failure of the British system to meet the housing needs of the people. In the Seventies we were building about 300,000 a year, when there was a substantially lower population and in some years when we were actually experiencing net emigration. By the time of Tony Blair’s Labour government, that number had fallen to 156,000, and it went even lower under Gordon Brown. Now this Government is rescuing the position, with 217,000 new homes added last year…there is much that can and must be done. We must liberate brownfield sites across the country, with proper transport and broadband links. Crossrail Two…would allow another 200,000 homes in London; and there are plenty of schemes in the North – trans‑Pennine links, for instance, that are crying out to be done…We need to get all that surplus urban public land owned by bodies such as the NHS and the Ministry of Defence, bundle it together under housing corporations and start beautiful new developments. We need to kickstart the market in London – which drives the rest of the country – by cutting the absurdly high stamp duty.’ – Boris Johnson, Daily Telegraph

>Today: ToryDiary: Drawing a veil over the incident

>Yesterday: Mohammed Amin on Comment: The toxification of politics threatens us all

…and Rees-Mogg sallies forth on the same topic, urging new building

‘Jacob Rees-Mogg has warned the Tories they must accept more building on the green belt as it is not all areas of outstanding natural beauty. The prominent backbencher said the housing shortage is the biggest challenge facing Britain. He claimed villages across the country could each take up to 50 new houses without changing their character. Mr Rees-Mogg, who is the Tory MP for North East Somerset, said the building should predominantly be on green field sites, but said some would need to be on the green belt. His remarks come a week after Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss warned the Tories must build homes in the countryside – or they will hand power to Jeremy Corbyn.’ – Daily Mail

The EU Commission fears Britain may be better equipped to handle ‘no deal’ than Brussels

‘The immediate consequences of a “no deal” Brexit in March could be worse for the European Union than for Britain, senior Brussels figures have said…Under the plans being co-ordinated by Martin Selmayr, the commission’s secretary-general, the EU would take unilateral measures to keep trade links open and aircraft flying immediately after a “chaotic” Brexit. Concern is growing in Brussels, however, over whether EU institutions could act swiftly enough… Another commission figure said that getting the no-deal preparations ready and legally watertight in time was “not easily done”. Some believe that the UK will be in a better position than the EU to mitigate the most disruptive aspects of a no-deal Brexit. They point out that as a unitary state the UK government can in theory quickly take decisions, such as suspending customs checks at ports such as Dover to ensure the free flow of time-sensitive goods into the UK.’ – The Times

  • ‘Brexit Delivery Group’ of 50 MPs lines up to support the Prime Minister – Daily Telegraph
  • Trade expert calls Chequers plan ‘fanciful’ – The Times
  • May’s plan ‘threatens 25 Tory seats’ – The Sun
  • Fox’s Trans-Pacific trade plans are threatened by May’s Brexit concessions – FT
  • UK Border Force only hit its passport processing target once last month – The Times
  • The EU plans to crack down on ‘citizenships for sale’ – FT

Foges: The gender equality target is a harmful change to the Tory candidates list

‘How disheartening to learn last week that the Conservative Party has set out a new ambition: for women to make up 50 per cent of the list of approved candidates for Westminster elections. It is a regrettable, regressive step. The aim may be “forwards to the future!” but the outcome will be backwards to the sexist past…The people inventing these schemes are not womankind’s allies but its enemy. With the brute round-numbered clarity of 50 per cent they hope to enforce perfect equality, slaying any remaining dinosaurs who think the fillies aren’t fit for senior roles. In fact, they are doing enormous damage to the reputation of women in work. Decades of women’s lib has been spent dispelling the idea that we are weak little flowers who can’t get on without special treatment, and these targets resurrect it. Once a 50 per cent target has been established, an inevitable suspicion will hang over female TV experts, newscasters, MPs, board members or music acts: are they there just to make up the numbers, to tick the equality box?’ – Clare Foges, The Times

  • A Tory member has lodged a complaint about Lewis’s pairing controversy – Daily Mail

Stewart secures the Army’s help in establishing a staff college for prison governors

‘The prisons minister is calling up the army to boost the leadership and management skills of prison governors. Rory Stewart wants assistance from the army’s top brass on devising a military-style staff college to develop their potential but a suggestion that governors should wear uniforms has been abandoned, The Times understands. Mr Stewart, who served briefly in The Black Watch before joining the diplomatic service, wants to set up a staff college for prison governors as part of a drive to give them high-quality training. He wrote to the Ministry of Defence earlier this year asking for access to staff up to the rank of brigadier who could give an insight into how the military staff college model operates. The request apparently met a positive response from the MoD. A brigadier will be seconded for up to a year to help prison officials to develop the idea.’ – The Times

  • Ludicrous claims for prison compensation – Daily Mail
  • May intervenes in defence spending row between Truss and Williamson – The Times
  • Uniform contract could go to EU firm – The Sun

Hammond warned not to increase fuel duty

‘A thumping poll of 37,000 hard-up drivers warns a duty increase in the Budget would be “political suicide” for the Tories. Campaign group FairFuel reveals that 87 per cent of its members strongly oppose a rumoured tax rise this Autumn to help the Government pay for the £20 billion NHS bonanza. And they believe the Chancellor has no idea of the financial pain motorists are facing. Some 58.4 per cent claim Philip Hammond is “out of touch” on issues affecting motorists, van drivers and hauliers…Motorists want the Government to hit Amazon with more tax, scrap HS2 or slash overseas aid before upping the fuel tax. FairFuel co-founder Howard Cox stormed: “It’s staggering that drivers believe that the Treasury and key Ministers are just as out of touch with motoring issues as the Greens.’ – The Sun

  • Voters would not forgive such opportunist money-grabbing – The Sun Says

>Today: John Penrose on Comment: Why we need a new rule to balance the budget

Rail fares expected to rise by 3.5 per cent despite ongoing chaos

‘Train passengers will learn of wage-busting fare increases this week, despite chaotic scenes at stations on the Northern network after a third successive wave of Sunday cancellations. The fare increases – expected to amount to 3.5% from next January – will add hundreds of pounds to the cost of many season tickets even though new figures from Which? reveal that punctuality and customer satisfaction with Britain’s railways has slumped. Arriva, which operates the Northern franchise, scrapped 80 out of 1,500 trains yesterday, with Liverpool, Greater Manchester and Lancashire being the worst affected areas. Greater Manchester’s deputy mayor Lady Beverley Hughes branded the cancellations “chaotic and unacceptable”.’ – The Guardian

Norman apologises for “dangerous cycling” tweet

‘The transport minister apologised last night for a tweet that claimed that the Conservatives were “cracking down on dangerous cycling”. The party removed the tweet, which announced a consultation on “dangerous cycling to protect the most vulnerable road users”, after coming under fierce criticism from cyclists, among them the Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman, whose mother, Carol, 75, died in 2016 when she was knocked off her bicycle by a pick-up truck… Jesse Norman, the minister, replied to Boardman: “I am delighted to say this tweet has now been taken down. It did not reflect either this set of policy announcements or the very careful work the government has done to improve road safety for all users, including cyclists. On behalf of all involved, I would like to apologise”.’ – The Times

Saudi Arabia’s over-reaction to human rights criticism is condemned

‘It wasn’t even a particularly dramatic tweet. Canada’s foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, addressed the cases of two siblings, Raif Badawi, a blogger who has been imprisoned since 2012 for “insulting Islam through electronic channels”, and his sister, Samar Badawi, a women’s rights activist. Freeland said: “Very alarmed to learn that Samar Badawi, Raif Badawi’s sister, has been imprisoned in Saudi Arabia. Canada stands together with the Badawi family in this difficult time, and we continue to strongly call for the release of both Raif and Samar Badawi.” The Canadian foreign ministry followed up, calling for the release of “all peaceful #humanrights activists” held by Saudi Arabia. Bizarrely, all hell broke loose. Saudi Arabia responded by expelling the Canadian ambassador, recalling its own, suspending Saudi Airways flights to Toronto, and ordering thousands of state-funded Saudi students at Canadian universities to leave their courses and continue them elsewhere.’ – Nesrine Malik, The Guardian

  • America and the UK should back Canada in the row – The Times Leader
  • US Ambassador calls for the UK to support Trump over Iran – Daily Mail
  • Tehran faces mounting pressure – FT Leader
  • Erdogan tries to ride out economic crisis – FT
  • The slow breakdown in relations with Turkey continues – Daily Telegraph Leader

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