We must all act responsibly when pubs reopen on Saturday, Johnson to tell drinkers…

“The success of reopening thousands of pubs on Saturday will depend on drinkers acting responsibly and not letting them down, Boris Johnson will warn on Friday. The Prime Minister will say the reopening “will only succeed if everyone works together” and warn that restrictions will reimposed if coronavirus “starts running out of control again”. Businesses in England have been rushing to make sure they are ready for so-called “Super Saturday” after Mr Johnson said they could reopen from July 4 after more than 100 days of lockdown. The Prime Minister will say that Saturday is “about supporting the livelihoods of business owners and their employees up and down the country” and paying tribute to their “heroic effort” to reopen.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Interview with the Prime Minister – Evening Standard
  • Teenagers must be kept ‘under control’ to stop spread outside school – The Sun


  • Prime Minister ‘plans White House-style daily television press briefings’ – The Times
  • Downing Street to cut back Whitehall communications unit – FT

…as he condemns ‘unacceptable’ Hong Kong crackdown and hints he will axe Huawei 5G deal

“China’s ‘unacceptable’ crackdown in Hong Kong could shut the door to Huawei’s involvement in Britain’s 5G mobile network, Boris Johnson has said as London and Beijing traded blows today. Mr Johnson said the draconian new security law that China has imposed on Hong Kong was ‘plainly an unacceptable breach’ of the freedoms that the city was guaranteed after Britain handed it back in 1997. Linking the crisis to the Huawei deal, the PM told the Evening Standard that ‘I don’t want to see our critical national infrastructure at risk of being in any way controlled by potentially hostile state vendors… so we have to think very carefully about how to proceed now.'” – Daily Mail

  • How to future-proof ourselves against China – Iain Martin, The Times
  • Britain can’t protect Hong Kong from China, but it can do right by its people – Simon Jenkins, The Guardian

>Today: Iain Dale’s column: China’s cyber attacks on Britain. How do I know about them? Because I’ve seen the proof.

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Wanted: an international solution to the plight of the Hong Kongers

Sunak ‘damps hopes of big UK tax cuts’

“Rishi Sunak will put jobs at the heart of his set-piece economic statement next week as he tries to avert a post-coronavirus catastrophe, but he has told Tory MPs not to expect big tax cuts to boost the economy. The chancellor’s attempt to manage expectations over fiscal stimulus measures came as Boris Johnson disappointed business leaders by confirming that the government would phase out the job retention scheme by October. As the economy opened up, furloughed workers were simply being kept in “suspended animation”, the prime minister said… Mr Sunak’s statement will mark a shift in his coronavirus strategy from a support phase, where the government “wrapped its arms around the UK economy”, to a stimulus phase, where it encourages households and companies to spend as normally as possible.” – FT

  • Furlough scheme is stopping people working, says Johnson – The Times


  • English councils warn latest Covid funding still falls short – FT
  • UK risks missing net zero target in Covid-19 recovery, Labour warns – The Guardian
  • Carbon scheme ‘backed by Cummings’ gets £100m from the Treasury – Daily Mail


  • Save if you must, but spending is just as important – Claer Barrett, FT

>Today: Peter Gibson MP in Local Government: Set the high street free

>Yesterday: Phillipa Stroud in Comment: Coronavirus has hit those in poverty hardest. The Government must support employment, fast.

Fraser Nelson: We should be lifting restrictions in the ‘not spots’

“We can also draw a map of the Covid not-spots, and it is fascinating. London – still pretty much a ghost town – now scores 3, meaning there are just a few dozen new cases a day. The south-west of England is virtually Covid-free. The reopening of Longleat safari park means that in Wiltshire you are more likely to meet a lion than someone recently diagnosed with the virus. Last week, there was not a single Covid case recorded in Bath, Portsmouth, Rutland or Torbay. We didn’t know all this before. Now that we do, it makes it harder to understand why so many theatres remain shuttered, offices empty and schools on a skeleton service. Local knowledge can be put to practical use, as we have seen in Leicester: it allows ministers to act quickly. But they can also do so in places that are virtually Covid-free, abolishing mandatory restrictions and simply asking people to be careful.” – Daily Telegraph

Williamson ‘lays down law’ on full-time school return

“Parents have been instructed to send their children back to school in September unless a doctor tells them otherwise as the government seeks to fully restart classroom teaching. Schools and local councils reluctant to reopen to all pupils have been told that ministers will use emergency powers to force them to do so, unless a local health emergency, similar to that in Leicester this week, is declared. The government issued the order as it released pages of guidance designed to help schools run as safely as possible. It said that they must open full-time and at full capacity in September. In primary schools, pupils will be required to stay in their class “bubbles”, usually numbering 30 or so.” – The Times

  • Parents can be fined for not returning children to school in September – Daily Telegraph
  • All pupils in England to attend but teachers told to prepare remote learning – FT
  • GCSE and A-Level students can sit missed exams in Autumn – The Sun


  • France’s class of ’68 holds bitter lessons for today’s children – Leo McKinstry, Daily Telegraph


  • It is vital that all sides find a way to make the Government’s plans work – The Times

>Today: ToryDiary: The Government toughens up on school reopenings

>Yesterday: David Chinchen in Local Government: We need to develop effective operational links between neighbourhood policing teams and our schools

Mass coronavirus testing at UK border under ‘plans to abolish blanket quarantine’

“People arriving in the UK will be given Covid-19 tests at the border under plans to abolish the blanket quarantine for all passengers. Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, confirmed yesterday that officials were assessing plans for mass testing at airports. He suggested that an enhanced testing regime could unlock travel to and from Britain. A trial scheme at airports is already being planned by two private sector companies and it is believed that details of a government-backed programme will be confirmed in mid-July. Today, Mr Shapps will announce further details of quarantine-free “air bridge” agreements that will allow passengers to travel into the UK without self-isolating for two weeks.” – The Times

  • Plane passengers could soon face swab tests at Heathrow and other airports – Daily Mail
  • Johnson at war with Nicola Sturgeon over lifting quarantine – Daily Telegraph
  • Air bridges will only apply to people arriving in England at first – The Times
  • Prime Minister’s father accused of flouting travel advice – Daily Telegraph

Corbyn’s legacy being ‘demolished’ as now allies of ex-leader lose control of Momentum

“Jeremy Corbyn’s legacy is being rapidly dismantled, with his allies suffering a huge setback in Labour’s civil war yesterday as they lost control of the campaign group Momentum. The grassroots group was set up in 2015 on the back of Corbynmania to help secure the Islington North MP’s victory in the leadership contest. The socialist campaign movement was highly influential over the Labour Party during Mr Corbyn’s four-year tenure in the top job. Following Sir Keir Starmer’s election victory in April, Momentum – which urged its members to back Rebecca Long-Bailey for leader – vowed to “hold Keir to account and make sure he keeps his promises”… But, yesterday allies of Mr Corbyn who oppose Sir Keir’s leadership suffered a severe setback when they lost Momentum’s internal elections.” – Daily Express

  • Labour never understands how Tories think – Philip Collins, The Times

Barnier blames UK’s ‘lack of respect’ as Brexit talks break up early

“Michel Barnier accused British trade negotiators of a lack of respect after Brexit talks ended a day early on Thursday amid “serious divergences” between the UK and the EU. Mr Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, blamed British intransigence and a refusal to engage in negotiations for the lack of progress in this week’s round of talks, which had been meant to close on Friday. The EU and UK are divided over fishing rights, the future role of the European Court of Justice, Brussels’ demands for “level playing field” guarantees and the governance of the future relationship treaty. “We want a deal but not at any price,” said Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president, during a press conference with Angela Merkel.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Frost issues ‘angry retort’ – Daily Express
  • EU negotiator hints he is ready to address UK’s red line on European court – FT

DUP calls for Sinn Féin leader to quit in IRA funeral row

“Northern Ireland faces a fresh political crisis after Arlene Foster’s Democratic Unionists called on Sinn Féin’s joint head of government to step aside in a row over alleged breaches of coronavirus rules at an IRA enforcer’s funeral.  Mrs Foster, the first minister, urged deputy first minister Michelle O’Neill to stand down pending a police investigation into alleged breaches of social distancing guidelines at the Belfast funeral of Bobby Storey, a senior figure in the IRA. But Sinn Féin insisted Ms O’Neill won’t go, saying she “will not be stepping aside as deputy first minister under any circumstances”. The escalating row has piled pressure on the coalition led by the DUP and Sinn Féin that controls Northern Ireland’s devolved government at Stormont.” – FT

  • First details emerge of system for checks on goods crossing Irish Sea – The Guardian

Parents attack Sturgeon’s ‘confusing’ and ‘hyper-controlling’ changes

“Complicated changes to the two-metre social distancing rule unveiled by Nicola Sturgeon will see it retained on pavements, halved in bars and abolished for some children but not others. The First Minister announced that from Friday youngsters under 12 can play normally with each other outside and interact with adults, allowing them to hug non-shielding grandparents for the first time since lockdown started. However, despite widespread reports for weeks of teenagers socialising in parks and other public spaces, she said the two-metre rule would still apply to children aged between 12 and 17. In theory, both age groups will still be restricted to meeting outside in groups of up to eight people from no more than three households.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Scots ordered to wear face coverings in all shops from July 10 and face £60 fine – The Sun
  • Senior SNP politician turns on party, saying ‘IndyRef2’ would be illegal – Daily Express


  • The First Minister is using Covid to try and split the Union – Stephen Daisley, Daily Mail

>Yesterday: Henry Hill’s Red, White, and Blue column: Johnson prepares to take a more ‘robust’ line on the Union… but muzzles devosceptics

News in Brief:

  • English Tories pose a challenge to the Minister for the Union – Dr David Jeffery, CapX
  • How Christopher Lasch predicted 2020 – Ed West, UnHerd
  • Charity boss fired after criticising Black Lives Matter – David Scullion, The Critic
  • How Starmer has reshaped Labour – Katy Balls, The Spectator
  • Crackdown exposes the dangers of Beijing’s bullying diplomacy – Jack Dickens, Reaction