Get out and shop, Johnson to tell Britain

“Boris Johnson will try to lead Britons back to the shops next week to help to revive the country’s battered economy. The prime minister is planning to visit a high street in what would be his first public appearance since the lockdown was imposed. He hopes to reassure shoppers that it is safe to get out of the house and spend as non-essential stores open from Monday. Only 36 per cent of people in England feel safe outside their home, according to the Office for National Statistics. In a separate survey, one in five said that they would never enter a clothes shop again. Mr Johnson will emphasise the efforts to make shops safer as well as latest figures showing that the incidence of coronavirus continues to fall in England.” – The Times

  • Prime Minister  vows Britain will recover from economic crash – The Sun
  • Johnson pressed to relax two-metre rule after UK economy slumps – FT
  • Prime Minister suggests distance could be halved – The Sun
  • Government issues urgent call for ‘shovel-ready’ projects – FT

Sunday Trading:

  • Tory ranks reject Sunday trading shake-up – The Times
  • Three Cabinet members are understood to have warned against such a move – Daily Express


  • Johnson must cut restrictive two-metre rule to get Britain back on its feet – The Sun

>Today: Book Reviews: Johnson and Jenrick may want to reform planning, but will millions of homeowners let them?

>Yesterday: Keep Sunday Special in Sponsored: Why Sunday trading regulations need to stay

Thousands more kids studying for GCSEs and A-levels will be able to return to school

“Thousands more kids studying for next year’s GCSEs and A-levels will be able to return to school from Monday. Almost nine in ten secondaries and colleges are set to reopen their doors to Year 10 and 12 pupils, according to a survey. The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) said the move would be the latest in the rollback of lockdown measures. It follows the reopening of many primary schools to reception, Year 1, and Year 6 pupils at the start of the month. Government guidance says no more than a quarter of secondary school students should be on site at any one time. Most are planning to bring back face-to-face contact with all pupils, except those who are shielding, at least once a week. But a quarter won’t welcome back all eligible children because of parents worried about the virus.” – The Sun

  • Camps for pupils aim to give parents a summer break – The Times


  • We are damaging a generation of children – Jonathan Sumption, Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday: Mark Lehain in Comment: The Government must make a top priority of getting schools back this autumn

Chief nurse dropped from No 10 briefing ‘for not backing Cummings’

“England’s chief nurse was dropped from a daily Downing Street briefing on the coronavirus for refusing to back Dominic Cummings, the Guardian understands. In a trial run for the 1 June briefing, Ruth May was asked about Cummings driving his family from London to Durham while his wife had suspected Covid-19. When she failed to back the prime minister’s chief adviser, she is understood to have been dropped from the press conference taking place later that day – though this has been denied by a government minister. May’s removal was first reported by the Independent, citing senior NHS sources, and has been confirmed separately by the Guardian.” – The Guardian

  • Prime Minister facing dilemma over second wave – The Times
  • Johnson ‘scrapped Cabinet pandemic committee six months before coronavirus hit UK’ – Daily Telegraph


  • If scientists are wrong about Covid, they must be held to account – Matthew Parris, The Times

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: The Government has held 86 Coronavirus press conferences. How many has Coffey fronted? None. Why?

Home Secretary 1) ‘The Labour MPs who want to silence me are the racists’

“Home Secretary Priti Patel is incandescent. ‘They are trying to silence me because I don’t conform to their version of what it is to be an ethnic minority,’ she seethes. ‘They think they have a licence to speak for everybody from an ethnic minority community. ‘That is not the case. It is simply not the case. We’re all different. We’re all individuals. What they are saying is racist in itself, and I don’t think we should lose sight of that.’ ‘They’ are the 31 MPs — ‘Left of Left of the Labour Party more associated with Jeremy Corbyn,’ says Priti — who have sent a vile letter accusing her of ‘gaslighting’ others from minority communities after she spoke about her own experience of racism earlier this week.” – Daily Mail

  • MPs fury at Starmer’s silence over ‘vile’ letter accusing Patel of ‘gaslighting’ protesters – The Sun

>Yesterday: Rishi Goenka in Comment: The Left cannot ignore, and will not silence, Tories like me

Home Secretary 2) Patel’s interference is abuse of power, say police chiefs

“Police chiefs have accused Priti Patel of “absolutely disgraceful” interference after she demanded a clampdown on Black Lives Matter protests. One chief constable said that the home secretary’s call amounted to a “chilling abuse of power” amid concerns that the anti-racism demonstrations have badly damaged relations between Tories and police. Others have complained of pressure from Conservative MPs to give a “show of force” at BLM protests around the UK this weekend, saying it amounts to political interference in policing. The freezing of relations comes after Ms Patel rebuked Chief Constable Andy Marsh because his officers did not intervene when protesters in Bristol pulled down a statue of a former slave trader and toppled it into the city’s harbour.” – The Times

  • Johnson tears into ‘growing minority’ of violent thugs – The Sun
  • Prime Minister accused of ‘stoking fear and division’ – The Guardian
  • Hard left ‘hijacks’ Black Lives Matter movement – The Times
  • London braces for chaos – Daily Mail
  • Protesters must disperse by 5pm Saturday, police warn – The Guardian
  • The thin blue line is unbreakable, says injured officer – Daily Mail
  • Churchill’s grandson: ‘Britain has lost its compass’ – Daily Telegraph

>Today: ToryDiary: The Government needs to get a grip on public order policing

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Police chiefs have unwisely emboldened the mob

Hoyle calls for review of Parliament’s statues and paintings

“If the anti-racism protesters at the gates of Parliament this weekend were allowed a poke around the inside of the 19th century building, they would barely be able to contain themselves at the depictions of these so-called ‘imperialists’ and ‘racists’. Yet Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Speaker of the House of Commons, is having none of it. While other civic statues of politicians are under threat, Parliament’s monuments to these great political leaders are staying put. Speaking to The Telegraph’s Chopper’s Politics podcast, which you can listen to on the audio player above, he says: “They are the great politicians of history and they may be judged differently in the future but at the moment, they are part of the history of this House.” In fact, rather than tear down statues, Sir Lindsay would prefer that efforts were taken to explain and contextualise Britain’s bloody past.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Johnson calls threat to Churchill statue shameful – The Times
  • How Khan covered up wartime leader – Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday: MPs Etc.: Dowden – “The Government itself does not propose to remove statues or memorial on its property.”

Charles Moore: The Government can’t run away from this poisonous culture war any longer

“These statues (often remarkable works of art) were erected not by one omnipotent authority, but by all sorts. The choices often reflected the people’s preferences. Nelson’s column, for example, cost £50,000 (nearly £7 million today), the bulk paid for by public subscription. What overall narrative can one see in this array? Certainly no single, official preaching of imperialism, racism, or any doctrine. You see the story of a free people, unfolding in the haphazard way in which freedom always works. What we have now, under the guise of Black Lives Matter, is an attempt to impose a single, organised, hostile narrative on this country. It wants literally to efface our rich national story and retell it as one of racial oppression, using the tactics of a “flash mob”.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Smashing up statues stops us facing up to a difficult past – Ben Macintyre, The Times
  • Johnson’s polarising statue tweets are pure Trump – Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian
  • He needs to prove to voters he’s in charge – James Forsyth, The Times
  • If we pulled down Peel and put up Flintoff, someone would still moan – Jeremy Clarkson, The Sun
  • End this race to blame us all – John Humphreys, Daily Mail
  • Culture war risks becoming a street battle – Janice Turner, The Times
  • The pandemic has killed nuance on social media – Jemima Kelly, FT

BA is ‘a national disgrace for cutting jobs’, say MPs

“MPs today branded British Airways a “national disgrace” for attempting to dismiss or downgrade its entire workforce during the coronavirus pandemic. In a highly critical report, the Commons transport committee accused the flag carrier of a “calculated attempt” to take advantage of the crisis by cutting up to 12,000 jobs. The airline was attacked for accepting at least £35 million in taxpayers’ money through the state’s job retention scheme – alongside a further £300 million government loan – while attempting to lay off 28 per cent of its workforce. Other UK airlines including EasyJet, Virgin Atlantic and Ryanair have also proposed thousands of job cuts while in the receipt of UK taxpayer support.” – The Times

  • BA, easyJet and Ryanair launch legal action over UK quarantine – FT

UK formally rejects Brexit transition extension

“The UK on Friday formally rejected the option to extend its post-Brexit transition period beyond the end of this year, leaving companies with a matter of months to prepare for more restrictive trading conditions with the EU. Michael Gove, Cabinet Office minister, said he had “formally confirmed” the decision during talks with Brussels, stating on Twitter: “On 1 January 2021 we will take back control and regain our political and economic independence.” With the legal deadline to request an extension to the Brexit transition period set to expire at the end of this month, Brussels said it accepted Britain’s decision as final, and that the priority must be to implement last year’s UK withdrawal treaty and unblock talks on the two sides’ future relationship.” – FT

  • Border checks and tariffs will be delayed for six months to help business adjust – Daily Mail
  • Barnier furious with EU as Brexit chief grows ‘frustrated’ with bloc – Daily Express
  • EU rules out replicating UK ‘light touch’ border after Brexit – FT

News in Brief:

  • How talking more about our history can defuse a culture war – Sunder Katwala, CapX
  • Why the rich are revolting – Ed West, UnHerd
  • We’re all Americans now – Ben Woodfinden, The Critic
  • Unlocking Britain: a plan to grow the economy – Bim Afolami MP, Reaction
  • What the cancelling of JK Rowling is really about – Alex Massie, The Spectator