‘New Deal’ spending spree to boost Britain’s recovery

“Boris Johnson will promise today to lead Britain out of the coronavirus crisis with an economic recovery plan as bold as Franklin D Roosevelt’s New Deal. The prime minister is announcing a £5 billion programme of accelerated capital spending on hospitals, roads, rail, prisons, courts, schools and high streets to help to sustain a job market ravaged by the pandemic. Mr Johnson will invite comparisons with the reforming 32nd US president, who used the full power of the state to restore American fortunes after the Great Depression, as he sets out a programme that includes a pledge to retrain those who have lost their jobs.” – The Times


First UK city to go back under lockdown

“Matt Hancock shut non-essential shops and closed schools in Leicester as he forced the city back into lockdown following a dramatic surge in coronavirus cases. The Health Secretary confirmed lockdown measures will be extended in the East Midlands city for at least two weeks, with non-essential shops which opened on June 15 closed again from tomorrow and schools shut from Thursday. The nationwide easing of restrictions this Saturday – including the reopening of pubs, hair salons and restaurants – will also not extend to the city. Residents were advised to stay at home as much as possible and were warned against all but essential travel. The drastic move follows a spike in Covid-19 cases in Leicester, which accounted for around 10 per cent of all positive cases in Britain over the past week.” – Daily Mail

  • Leicester is hit by first local lockdown – The Times
  • City plunged back into lockdown – Daily Telegraph
  • Law will be changed to enforce local lockdown – The Sun
  • The 36 cities and counties where cases are rising – Daily Telegraph
  • Police, Mayor and businesses hit out at lockdown decision – Daily Telegraph
  • Sunak expands £500m fund for start-ups – The Guardian
  • Greece bars British tourists – The Times
  • German lockdown extended – The Times
  • Flu virus with ‘pandemic potential’ found in China – BBC News
  • Schools may focus on English and maths – Daily Telegraph
  • Sharpest fall in UK economy since 1979 – The Sun

Cummings and Gove join forces in battle against Whitehall ‘blob’

“The first strike against “the blob”, the Johnson government sees as its enemy, was made on Sunday evening, when Mark Sedwill, head of the civil service and national security adviser, abruptly quit. Tensions had been rising between Mr Johnson and Sir Mark for months, but the announcement of his exit in September marks the start of an effort to overhaul the Whitehall establishment. While Mr Johnson is supportive of the plan to reform the UK civil service, he is not spearheading the efforts. Instead it is his powerful adviser Dominic Cummings and the Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove who are leading the charge in tackling what they see as ineffective, pro-EU bureaucrats.” – FT

  • Sedwill ‘promised shot at Nato job’ – The Times
  • Mandarins in revolt over Sedwill sacking – Daily Mail
  • Runners and riders to become cabinet secretary – The Times
  • Senior female civil servant among candidates – Daily Telegraph
  • Cabinet office could be next – Daily Telegraph
  • PM’s pick for national security post condemned as ‘party political’ – The Guardian
  • Desmond in spotlight over bid to run Lottery – Daily Mail

Hague: The Civil Service needs reform, but this wasn’t the right way to start

“Michael Gove’s speech on Saturday on reforming the civil service was a vintage performance from one of the most effective ministers of recent years: passionate, well-informed and clear in its proposals. In calling for our public servants to be more diverse, more expert and more open to experimentation he was absolutely right, and both my own experience in government and observation of the current crisis bear that out. Sadly, the rushed announcement a few hours later of the departure of Sir Mark Sedwill as Cabinet Secretary was not a good example of how to lead the government machine towards positive change.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Trump ‘bullied and humiliated May’ – The Times

Starmer under fire from BLM activists

“The UK’s Black Lives Matter movement has told Sir Keir Starmer he has no right ‘to tell us what our demands should be’ after he claimed the campaign’s message was getting ‘tangled up’. BLM has been behind a number of high-profile protests which have taken part across the country following the death of George Floyd in police custody in the US last month. It has also played a key role in the removal of statues which glorify historical figures who profited from slavery. However, calls to ‘defund the police’ have been rubbished as ‘nonsense’ by the Labour leader, who in turn was branded ‘a cop in an expensive suit’ by activists, referencing his previous job as head of the Crown Prosecution Service.” – Daily Mail

  • BLM calls Starmer ‘cop in suit’ – The Sun
  • Long-Bailey accuses Starmer of plunging Labour into an ‘avoidable mess’ – Daily Mail

Clegg attacked by campaigners over ‘hate and racism’ on Facebook

“Organisers of an advertising boycott against Facebook have criticised Sir Nick Clegg after the former deputy prime minister said the social media giant would “redouble” its efforts to remove hate speech from the platform. The Stop Hate for Profit campaign has been urging large corporations to remove advertising from Facebook, accusing the social media giant of allowing “racist, violent and verifiably false content to run rampant on its platform.” Coca-Cola, Levi’s, Honda and Unilever are among those who have pulled advertising. Sir Nick, Facebook’s head of global affairs and communication, told CNN that the company had made “meaningful change” but Facebook will not be able to “get rid of everything that people react negatively to”. – The Times

And finally, Raab needs a clock watcher

“Time flies in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Quite literally: nine antique clocks have gone missing from its Whitehall HQ, according to an annual release of data on its counter-fraud investigations. Civil Service World reports that the FCO suffered losses of about £133,650 in the past year, of which £53,000 was the value of the nine missing timepieces, none of which has been traced. Dominic Raab must be ticked off. According to James Landale, the BBC’s diplomatic editor, the joke doing the rounds is that Downing Street is to blame. Boris Johnson needs a supply of clocks to give to all the permanent secretaries he’s about to retire.” – The Times

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