New quarantine rules for France throw holidays into disarray

“Hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers have had their plans thrown into chaos after ministers announced quarantine rules will remain in place for all non-essential travel from France. Fully vaccinated travellers were due from Monday to be exempt from quarantine when returning to England from countries on the amber list, which includes France. However, barely 48 hours before the policy was due to take effect, the government said last night that it would not apply to France owing to concerns over the spread of the Beta variant of the coronavirus, which was first identified in South Africa. It means France will in effect be put in a new category, between the amber and red list.” – The Times

  • Holidays to France thrown into chaos – Daily Telegraph
  • Travellers from France to UK will still have to quarantine – FT
  • France excluded from relaxed holiday rules – The Sun
  • French holidays left in chaos – The Guardian
  • And holidays to France in chaos – Daily Mail
  • Government website ‘misleads’ travellers over true cost of Covid tests – Daily Telegraph
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  • Johnson to press ahead with lifting Covid rules – The Guardian
  • Lifting England’s Covid rules while cases surge is ‘threat to the world’ – FT
  • ‘Pingdemic’ could lead to food shortages as millions face self-isolation – Daily Telegraph
  • Pressure builds on ministers to reach a decision on Covid vaccines for children – The Guardian
  • Record 35m people will be offered free flu jab – The Guardian
  • Johnson rebuffs calls from business to ease self-isolation rules – FT

No 10 chief ‘faces mutiny from demoralised’ political advisers

“Ten days ago Dan Rosenfield, Boris Johnson’s chief of staff, gathered all the political advisers working in Downing Street for a strategy meeting. It was the first such meeting in six months and was designed to focus minds on the task ahead before the summer holiday exodus. If the meeting was meant to instil a sense of unity and purpose among Downing Street advisers, however, it ended up having the opposite effect. After a presentation on the latest state of opinion polling Rosenfield was directly challenged by one of the most senior advisers present. Nikki da Costa, Downing Street’s director of legislative affairs, calmly but pointedly took Rosenfield to task for the way that he was running Johnson’s operation.” – The Times

  • Tory jitters mount at political drift of Johnson’s government – The Guardian
  • Five-year work visas for war refugees – The Times

Chancellor ‘weighs’ delaying the autumn budget

“Rishi Sunak is weighing up pushing the Budget into 2022, giving time for the Treasury to consider the economic impact of the third coronavirus wave and winding down the furlough scheme. The Chancellor plans to tell ministers before next week’s recess that he will hold a three-year spending review in the autumn, but may delay tax measures until spring, reported The Guardian. If the Budget is delayed it would be the third year in a row that plans for the autumn package were postponed. The Government’s job retention scheme, which has acted as a lifeline to millions of households, is due to be wound up at the end of September, prompting fears over some businesses’ trading prospects.” – Daily Telegraph


Leaked Hancock CCTV footage was in ‘public interest’, says Johnson’s office

“The leaked CCTV footage which exposed Matt Hancock’s affair was in the public interest, the Prime Minister’s spokesman has said, as an investigation into an alleged data breach continues. Two people suspected of recording the film without consent had their homes raided on Thursday by officials from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Police and Crime Commissioners have also called for the police to launch an urgent investigation amid concern over the security of government buildings. But the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said Boris Johnson believed in the importance of a free press being able to investigate matters that were in the public interest.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Tory MP ‘fat-shames’ Labour councillor for eating on Greggs’ pasties – Daily Telegraph

Former PM leads call for GCSEs to be scrapped

“Sir John Major has called for reform of the exam system, saying that he dislikes GCSEs due to the “stress and strain they impose on students”. The former prime minister and eight former education secretaries urged a rethink after the government admitted that examinations would be disrupted for a third year next summer. The Conservative and Labour grandees, who between them were responsible for education policy for more than three decades, told The Times Education Commission that assessment in schools was in need of an overhaul.” – The Times


Charles Moore: Eating your greens is not much to do with saving planet

“Henry Dimbleby, whose National Food Strategy Report, Part II, appeared on Thursday, was billed by the BBC as proposing the world’s first salt tax. This is very far from true. For centuries, France had a salt tax called the gabelle. It was much hated, provoked massive smuggling and helped cause the French Revolution. Possibly Mr Dimbleby knows the gabelle’s cautionary tale: his proposal – which would tax sugar as well as salt – tries to minimise the direct effect on consumers.” – Daily Telegraph


Jess Phillips: ‘The only way a woman will become Labour leader is if men don’t stand’

“While most of us gained weight during lockdown, Jess Phillips lost three stone. “I’m still on a strict 1,000 calories a day in the week, but at the weekend I do drink and eat bread.” While many faltered in their fine intentions to write a book during Covid, Phillips, often banging out 6,000 words per afternoon (“I find it quite therapeutic, especially if I’m cross about something”), managed two. One is a short treatise on motherhood; the other, Everything You Really Need to Know about Politics, reflects on her six years as a Labour MP.” – The Times

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