‘Eat out to help out,’ Sunak ‘pleads’…

“Britain needs to start spending in pubs and restaurants again to prevent a generation of young people being “lost” to coronavirus, the chancellor has declared. Rishi Sunak suggested in an interview for The Times that it was the nation’s duty to “relearn what it’s like to go out again” to avoid a jobs meltdown that will hit the young and low-paid hardest. With figures showing that savings grew five times more in May than on average before the pandemic, Mr Sunak called on people to start spending in the hospitality industry, which opens up today. The chancellor said that he was “worried about a generation that is scarred by coronavirus”.” – The Times

  • Johnson urges public to ‘enjoy summer safely’ as pubs get ready to reopen… – Daily Telegraph
  • …and warns of local lockdowns ‘for some time to come’ – FT
  • Whitty: ‘None of us believe this is a risk-free next step’ – Daily Mail


  • Drinkers with £60m to spend will prop up their landlord – The Times
  • Pubs in England can open from 6am on Saturday, government says – The Guardian
  • Seven police officers are injured trying to break up block party – Daily Mail

>Today: ToryDiary: The return of the rave should put nightclubs on the Government’s radar

>Yesterday: Video: WATCH: Johnson – ‘I hope very much that people will behave responsibly’

…as he reportedly considers wage support to people in work

“The Treasury is considering proposals to “flip” the furlough scheme and provide wage support to people in work instead, as Boris Johnson hinted support for some sectors may be available after October. Sources close to Treasury discussions said officials are examining options to incentivise employers to keep staff in work after the furlough scheme ends. These include suggestions to switch from the current system of subsidising wages of people who are not working, to instead providing money to employers who put their staff back into work. Under one option, this could involve covering a proportion of staff wages – likely 10 per cent – for employers in certain sectors who retain staff in their jobs.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Six month stamp duty holiday could be introduced later this year – The Sun
  • Mass redundancy feared in Scotland as Johnson ‘rules out new help’ – Daily Express


  • Evidence suggests the economy could bounce back quickly – The Times
  • Let’s drink today to our freedom – The Sun

>Yesterday: Angela Richardson in Comment: Recovery cannot come a moment too soon for the performing arts

Priti Patel: Enjoy yourself this weekend – but please do it safely and responsibly

“Many of us will be seeing friends and family for the first time in months. Others will be returning to work or reopening their doors for business. But while these welcome steps will help restore a sense of normality to our lives, it is crucial that we stay alert while the virus is still present in our communities. We cannot jeopardise the hard work and sacrifices we have all made – not least those made by our NHS and care workers – through irresponsible behaviour and carelessness. And we must not forget that this disease has cost tens of thousands of lives in this country alone. Our thoughts remain with all those mourning the loss of loved ones, and we owe it to everyone who has suffered not to let our guard down now.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Tories will rue caving in over food vouchers – Matthew Parris, The Times
  • The Boris Johnson plan is far from conservative – Camilla Cavendish, FT

>Today: David Gauke’s column: I fear the Conservative Party is lost for small state free marketeers and One Nation social liberals

Photograph ‘links Blair to pro-China 48 Group Club’

“A photograph of Tony Blair at a meeting of powerful pro-China lobbyists has surfaced days after he claimed he “was not linked to them”. The revelation follows Mr Blair’s denial to The Times that he was associated with the 48 Group Club, which has been accused of grooming Britain’s elites to advance Beijing’s interests, after it named him as a fellow. The Times has discovered the photo of the former prime minister with Stephen Perry, a British businessman and chairman of the organisation, at an event for its youth wing in 2010. The club took down its website this week after a book describing alleged Chinese influence networks was published.” – The Times

  • UK can’t stop China’s ‘misuse of data’ if Huawei deal goes ahead, US warns – Daily Telegraph
  • Britain’s armed forces pivot east to face growing China threat – FT
  • Chinese students in Britain ‘told to serve motherland’ – The Times


  • Hong Kong’s security law is a global problem – Juliet Samuel, Daily Telegraph
  • Britain is under attack from a meddling and bullying China – Edward Lucas, The Times

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

Johnson says he’s ‘more optimistic’ than the EU over sealing a trade deal

“Boris Johnson said he is “more optimistic” of doing a trade deal with the EU than the bloc’s chief negotiator. Michel Barnier said that Britain should take more note of the bloc’s red lines and said “serious divergences remain.” But the PM insisted he would not back down on taking laws from the European Court of Justice and handing over fish stocks. However, Boris added: “I’ve had some very good conversations with my friends and colleagues in the EU and I’m a bit more optimistic than Michel is on those grounds… It comes as International Development secretary Liz Truss will also reveal that Britain will be doing “mammoth” trade negotiations around the Asia-Pacific region over the next 11 months at a Policy Exchange event.” – The Sun

  • Furious French ‘set to block ports’ as EU trade talks collapse – Daily Express


  • Johnson would probably not have run a department under Thatcher, says Tebbit – Daily Telegraph

Welsh and Scottish leaders attack foreign travel plans

“The full list of 59 countries which will be exempt from the quarantine from July 10 has been published by the UK Government. The long-awaited list of “travel corridor” countries includes Germany, Italy and Spain, as well as further afield locations including New Zealand, Vietnam and South Korea. Greece is also on the list, despite Grant Shapps saying this morning it would not be. However, the US and China are among those not to appear – although Hong Kong and Macau have been included. Portugal is also not on the list, which you can read in full below. The Government has been accused of “shambolic” handling of the air bridges system, however, by not one but two leaders of Devolved Administrations.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Portugal blasts ‘absurd’ England quarantine measures – FT


  • Northern Ireland deputy leader refuses to quit in funeral row – The Guardian

Gove: ‘Cummings is valued by Boris Johnson for his blistering honesty’

“Dominic Cummings is valued by Boris Johnson because he is “blunt to the Prime Minister” and displays “blistering honesty”, Michael Gove has said. Mr Gove, who has worked with Mr Cummings for a decade, said Mr Johnson and his team valued Mr Cummings “real originality” when developing policy ideas. Tory MPs have expressed their frustration over Mr Johnson’s refusal to sack Mr Cummings after his 200 mile journey to Co Durham when Britons’ movement was restricted during the coronavirus lockdown hit the party’s popularity in the polls. However, in an interview on Times Radio with former Tory politician Michael Portillo, Mr Gove lifted the veil on the appeal of Mr Cummings to Mr Johnson and his team.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Sedwill’s resignation shows a hard rain is already falling on Whitehall – The Times

Patel ‘called for new lottery rules after meeting with Desmond’

“Priti Patel lobbied for a relaxation of lottery rules that would have benefited a Conservative donor after they met privately. In a Westminster Hall debate in December 2017 Ms Patel echoed Richard Desmond’s call for a large increase in the jackpot and sales limits for society lotteries such as his own Health Lottery. She later tabled written questions in the Commons and met a minister in order to push for the changes. Sir Henry Bellingham, who was a Tory MP at the time and called the adjournment debate, said that Ms Patel “was very involved” in the campaign to change the rules. “Priti was out of her job as Department for International Development secretary at the time of the adjournment debates, so she joined in and helped me,” Sir Henry said.” – The Times

  • Home Secretary accused of ‘shameful’ bid to deport girl at risk of FGM – The Guardian

>Yesterday: Profiles: Ben Elliot, Co-Chairman of the Party, under fire for the seating plan which put Jenrick next to Desmond

NHS seeks teenage volunteers to join as ‘cadets’

“The NHS is launching a “cadet” scheme in an attempt to put thousands of teenagers on the path to careers in the health service. Young people will shadow staff and volunteer in hospitals, performing tasks such as delivering patient meals, as well as learning first aid skills and receiving leadership training. The programme is modelled on long-running cadet schemes in the police and military. It is particularly seeking entrants from marginalised backgrounds, including teenagers from black or other ethnic minorities, and those not in education, employment or training. Officials are keen to increase the number of “home-grown” staff coming into the health service. There were more than 100,000 vacancies before the pandemic hit.” – The Times

  • Nurses call on Johnson to turn applause for NHS into immediate pay rise – The Sun
  • Why NHS staff are more fearful than festive on ‘Independence Day’ – FT
  • Hancock reveals his own struggles with coronavirus – Daily Mail

More policy:

  • Push for selective sixth forms to improve education in north – The Times

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

UK to enter satellite race after winning bid for OneWeb

“Britain is set to go head to head with Elon Musk’s Starlink in the race to beam high-speed internet connections from space after the UK government’s joint $1bn bid with India’s Bharti Enterprises won an auction for satellite broadband operator OneWeb. If the bid is approved by a US judge next week, the British government will invest $500m for an initial stake of about 45 per cent in OneWeb, a lossmaking company that runs a low-earth orbit satellite broadband network. The government’s stake could still fall as discussions are under way with other potential investors to raise further funds of up to about $1.5bn, people close to the subject said.” – FT

  • Sharma: deal underlines Britain’s global ambitions – Daily Express

News in Brief:

  • As society re-opens, our divides need not – Sunder Katwala, CapX
  • Blame the parents for this angry activism – Mary Harrington, UnHerd
  • Now isn’t the time for an NHS pay rise – Tom Goodenough, The Spectator
  • What do China’s sweeping new national security powers allow? – Johnny Paterson, 1828
  • In praise of the Great British pub – Alexander Larman, The Critic