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Sunseekers risk new coronavirus spike as beaches crammed

“Britain’s most senior doctor has said that coronavirus will flare up again if people do not enjoy summer more responsibly after official figures suggested that cases had stopped falling. The warning came as huge crowds gathered on beaches, largely ignoring social distancing, with police declaring a major incident in Bournemouth. Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer for England, said: “If we do not follow social-distancing guidance then cases will rise again. Naturally people will want to enjoy the sun but we need to do so in a way that is safe for all.”” – The Times

  • Crowds spark fears over UK’s ‘staycation summer’ – Daily Telegraph
  • Beaches will be closed if crowds ignore social distancing, Hancock warns – The Sun
  • Public order incidents increase in England as lockdown eases – FT

More travel:

  • Air bridges backlash: Pressure on Johnson to extend plan to all EU countries – Daily Telegraph

Comment:

  • Lockdown was so much easier when it was harder – Jemima Lewis, Daily Telegraph

Editorial:

  • Bournemouth beach mayhem should trouble Johnson – The Sun

>Today: ToryDiary: Don’t rule out a second lockdown

>Yesterday: Henry Hill’s Red, White, and Blue column: Sturgeon sets out plan to ‘unlock’ Scotland… one day before England

Sunak to weigh consumers’ response to easing before completing stimulus plan

“Chancellor Rishi Sunak will wait to see how the public responds to the “independence day” reopening of the hospitality industry in England on July 4 before deciding whether a fiscal stimulus – such as a temporary cut in value added tax – is needed to boost consumer confidence. Mr Sunak’s fiscal statement, originally scheduled for July 9, could slip back to the following week as the Treasury assesses the state of mind of the British consumer, including data from recently reopened high streets in England. No date for the House of Commons statement has been fixed. The more that UK consumers respond to easing of lockdown by spending rather than saving – including going to pubs – the less ministers will be inclined to cut taxes further given the £300bn plus deficit the UK is likely to run this year.” – FT

  • Britain’s biggest shopping centres including Lakeside and the Trafford Centre could close – Daily Mail

More:

  • UK puts $500m into satellite race – The Times

Comment:

  • The British government is about to sleepwalk into an unemployment crisis – Larry Elliott, The Guardian

>Yesterday: Local Government: Victory for ConservativeHome! Al fresco dining restrictions lifted.

Planning reforms which would have given Jenrick more power ‘are halted’

“Radical planning reforms that would have put extra powers in the hands of Robert Jenrick have been put on hold amid the lobbying controversy surrounding the Housing Secretary. The Telegraph understands that the Government was studying plans to take responsibility for some major developments away from councils and put Mr Jenrick in charge instead. Ministers believed the Prime Minister would include the proposals in a white paper on planning expected later this year, and had expected him to reference them in a major speech next week on rebuilding Britain after the coronavirus recession.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Minister sparks fury after backing Housing Secretary over decision to green-light £1bn project – The Sun
  • Zahawi hits back at Jenrick criticism – Daily Express
  • Tories accuse party HQ of ‘tacky fundraising operation’ – The Times
  • Jenrick faces questions over meeting with Israeli mining heir – The Guardian

Comment:

  • Conservatives are desperate to shut down the Robert Jenrick saga – Michael Deacon, Daily Telegraph
  • Row lays bare the rotten heart of the UK planning system – Simon Jenkins, The Guardian

>Today:

>Yesterday: Paul Carter in Local Government: We could see a housing recovery – if we give builders the incentives they need

‘Face the front and pay attention when schools reopen’, Williamson orders children

“Gavin Williamson has said that he wants all children to face the front of the classroom when schools reopen in September. The education secretary told Tory MPs that he was concerned that in many classrooms children were sitting at round or square tables facing one another. He said the approach was “wrong” and that he wanted to “get the class to pay attention to the teacher” when lessons resumed. Mr Williamson is preparing to double the size of teaching “bubbles” to 30 to get every child back to full-time education by September. Under the plans social distancing could be scrapped in schools.” – The Times

  • Pandemic promises to be unlikely saviour of ailing private schools – The Times

Editorial:

  • Johnson is going to take a serious hit if he fails to get all schools to reopen in September – The Times

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: The big speech Johnson makes next week should be about education

Patel demands to see Met Police chief after force was ‘reduced to a laughing stock’

“Priti Patel will demand a ‘full explanation’ from Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick today after police officers were overpowered and forced to flee a ‘mini riot’ after a block party in Brixton. The Home Secretary is due to meet the UK’s top cop following a second night of unrest as the scenes at an illegal party in south London on Wednesday were repeated when police were pelted with objects further illegal gatherings in Notting Hill, Streatham and Tottenham overnight. Dame Cressida has been accused of turning the Met into a ‘laughing stock’ and abandoning ‘law abiding residents’ to ‘mob rule’ after a video showed revellers chasing away police officers in Brixton while screaming ‘run them out’ as 22 officers were injured – including two who needed a full body scan.” – Daily Mail

  • Home Secretary outraged at hate-filled louts as 32 police injured by mob – Daily Express
  • Brixton: Downing St condemns attacks on police – The Times
  • Police officers targeted in Notting Hill by violent mob for second night running – The Sun#
  • ‘Nightingale’ courts will tackle backlog of half a million cases – The Times

Civil service chief’s future in doubt as Johnson eyes Whitehall shake-up

“Mark Sedwill’s future at the centre of Boris Johnson’s administration is under threat according to cabinet ministers and senior Whitehall officials, who predict the influential head of the civil service could leave his job later this year. Sir Mark, who has held the post of cabinet secretary since 2018, has been “unhappy” during the past few months, according to senior civil servants, amid growing tensions inside Downing Street over its handling of the coronavirus crisis. Despite facing calls to resign over his trip to Durham during the UK’s Covid-19 lockdown, Mr Johnson’s chief of staff, Dominic Cummings, remains determined to shake up the civil service.” – FT

Philip Collins: Cummings is right about civil service failings

“In his magisterial study Whitehall, Peter Hennessy summarises the Fulton critique. The civil service in 1968 was too hospitable to the amateur and the generalist; scientists, engineers and specialists were accorded little weight, skilled managers were rare, promotion was based on longevity rather than ability and the service was parochial and impervious to relevant influence from the outside. It could all have been written in 1854 and it could, with minor caveats, have been written yesterday. Which is why, a half century on, Mr Cummings is ready to have another go at the people Max Weber once called “the permanent residents of the house of power”.” – The Times

  • Chief of Staff must give ministers more latitude for the battle ahead – Fraser Nelson, Daily Telegraph

Tory ‘revolt grows’ over end to child migrant deals

“Boris Johnson is facing a mounting rebellion from Tory MPs who want to guarantee the rights of lone migrant children to seek refuge in the UK. Six Tory MPs, including two former ministers, have put their names to a Labour amendment seeking to provide legal routes for unaccompanied children. Two schemes enabling them to claim asylum are coming to an end. One route known as the “Dubs scheme”, named after the former child refugee and campaigner Lord Dubs, was created in 2016 and allows lone minors with no family in the UK to resettle. However, it reached its 480-place capacity last month.” – The Times

Hunt says ‘groupthink’ slowed coronavirus response

“The U.K.’s former health secretary claimed the country’s slow response to coronavirus is partly down to “groupthink” among top scientists and civil servants that led to a focus on preparing for pandemic flu rather than learning from previous outbreaks of SARS and MERS in Asia. Jeremy Hunt, who now chairs the House of Commons health committee, told POLITICO that if scientific advice presented to ministers was more “transparent,” the U.K. may have taken different decisions in the earlier stages of the coronavirus crisis. The U.K. currently has the third highest death toll in the world, behind the U.S. and Brazil. Neil Ferguson, a former top scientific adviser to the U.K. government, told a Commons committee on June 10 that the death toll could have been halved if the U.K. had locked down earlier.” – Politico

  • Hancock introduces ‘walk-through’ test centres following fierce criticism – The Guardian
  • Covid-19 antibody tests raise doubts over accuracy and utility, study finds – FT
  • Europe has seen a surge in coronavirus cases since easing lockdown, WHO warns – Daily Mail

Comment:

  • Testing failures leave Britain shrouded in fear – Jeremy Warner, Daily Telegraph

>Today: Maria Higson in Comment: The Coronavirus has already changed the NHS. Now it can be transformed for the better. Here’s how.

Frost warns Barnier to ‘get real’ ahead of face-to-face showdown

“Britain’s chief negotiator David Frost has warned Michel Barnier to get real ahead of the pair’s first face-to-face meeting in months. David Frost hit back at the Frenchman’s claims No 10 is trying to cherry-pick a deal that would keep current access to the EU’s market. EU parliament leader: Johnson ‘seems unwilling to find compromise’ in Brexit talks. Both men will kick off an intensified round of talks at the Commission headquarters on Monday in a bid to strike a breakthrough… Mr Barnier has said a deal is within reach and he is ready to compromise if the UK follows suit.” – The Sun

  • EU parliament leader: Johnson ‘seems unwilling to find compromise’ in Brexit talks – The Guardian
  • Brussels plan to tie UK to EU car parts market – Daily Telegraph
  • Sturgeon warned: Extending Brexit transition period would HARM post-pandemic recovery – Daily Express

>Yesterday: Stephen Booth’s column: While UK-EU talks gather momentum, Britain should continue to diversify its trading relationships.

Starmer battles with Labour left after sacking Long Bailey

“Sir Keir Starmer was in a stand-off with the Labour left last night after he sacked his former leadership rival Rebecca Long Bailey. Moderates hailed the leader’s boldness after he dismissed Ms Long Bailey as shadow education secretary for sharing an article that contained an “antisemitic conspiracy theory”. But Corbynite shadow ministers saw the move as a declaration of war against the Labour left and were threatening to walk out.More than a dozen members of the Socialist Campaign Group, the hard left caucus in the parliamentary party, are on the front bench. Sir Keir initially refused to meet them last night to repair relations, but is expected to do so today.” – The Times

Comment:

  • Starmer is showing he is serious about reforming Labour – Tom Harris, Daily Telegraph

Editorial:

  • Starmer has shown leadership in cracking down on antisemitism – The Times

>Yesterday: Left Watch: Starmer sends a double message by dismissing Long-Bailey

News in Brief:

  • Can Starmer stop Labour spiralling into the identity politics abyss? – Tom Harris, CapX
  • Oxford dons have every right to fear their students – Lars Larundson, The Critic
  • Why doesn’t porn ever get cancelled? – Sarah Ditum, UnHerd
  • Biden might be better for Brexit Britain – James Forsyth, The Spectator
  • Why vaping could be a silver bullet – Adam Lehodey, 1828

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