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Coronavirus 1) Javid declares there is a health case for lifting all restrictions…

“Sajid Javid today says the best way to protect the nation’s health is to lift the remaining coronavirus restrictions. Writing exclusively for The Mail on Sunday, the new Health Secretary says: ‘The economic arguments for opening up are well known, but for me, the health arguments are equally compelling.’ His comments mark a sharp change in tone from that of his predecessor Matt Hancock, who was forced to resign last weekend after his affair with an aide was exposed. They come as Boris Johnson prepares to announce a raft of measures to come into force from July 19 which will ‘make Britain the most open country in Europe’. The Mail on Sunday can reveal that under Freedom Day plans expected to be signed off by the Cabinet tomorrow.” – Mail on Sunday

  • The economic arguments for opening up Britain are well known. But, for me, the health case is equally compelling – Sajid Javid, Mail on Sunday
  • Harding “will not be made NHS chief executive” – Sunday Times
  • Why is Lord Bethell still a Minister? – Sunday Times
  • Long March back towards normal life is nearing its end – Leader, Mail on Sunday
  • Declare the emergency over – Leader, Sunday Telegraph
  • As freedom day nears, now is the time to rethink Britain – Leader, Sunday Times

>Today: James Somerville-Meikle on Comment: Cameron’s big idea may be out of fashion. But as we emerge from Covid, it’s badly needed.

Coronavirus 2)…Previously he accused world leaders of “herd behaviour” and likened them to panicked shoppers

“Sajid Javid accused world leaders of “herd behaviour” in their response to the coronavirus pandemic and likened them to panicked shoppers who hoarded toilet paper, The Telegraph can reveal. The new Health Secretary made the comments in a research paper in December 2020 that he produced in his role as a senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School. Mr Javid, who this week ruled out any further extension of Covid restrictions beyond July 19, also spoke of the need for the economic responses to the virus to be overhauled.” – Sunday Telegraph

Coronavirus 3) Johnson “to end compulsory mask-wearing”

“Boris Johnson has signed off on plans to end the compulsory wearing of face masks from July 19, The Telegraph understands, as the Prime Minister prepares to declare this week that the link between Covid-19 infections and hospitalisations has finally been broken. Mr Johnson is expected to lay out a blueprint for how England will live with the virus, as ministers prepare to replace swathes of legal restrictions with a call for “common sense” and “personal responsibility”. As part of the move, the Government is expected to ditch the compulsory wearing of masks, along with the one-metre-plus rule that pubs and restaurants have warned is crippling them.” – Sunday Telegraph

  • No more QR codes to enter a pub – Sunday Times
  • The Government has exploited our humanity to create an inhuman system – Janet Daley, Sunday Telegraph
  • Hold firm on lifting Covid rules for the sake of our economy and our children – Leader, The Sun
  • Left-wing ‘zero covid’ scientists plot bid for endless lockdowns – Sunday Express

>Today: ToryDiary Our survey. Johnson’s rating for dealing with Covid dips.

Patel to toughen penalties for illegal entry to the country

“Migrants who enter Britain by small boats face being locked up and deported under a crackdown to be announced this week. Strict new laws will make it a criminal offence for asylum seekers to enter the UK without permission. The change will give police the power to lock up illegal entrants and put them on trial instead of sending them to a hotel or detention centre while their asylum claim is processed. Previously, migrants who arrived in the UK with the assistance of Border Force, which routinely intercepts small boats in the English Channel, were not subject to criminal prosecution. Anyone caught entering the country illegally will now face a jail sentence of up to four years, up from six months. Priti Patel, the home secretary, hopes it will make migrants think twice about paying people smugglers to make dangerous and unlawful Channel crossings from France. Instead, she wants migrants to use new “safe and legal routes” being created by the government.” – Sunday Times

  • Britons have simply had enough of illegal migration – Priti Patel, Sunday Express

By-election fallout 1) Calls for Milling to be removed as Conservative Party Chairman

“Boris Johnson is being urged to ditch party chairman Amanda Milling over ‘disastrous’ by-election campaign tactics. Tory MPs are fuming over how the Conservatives apparently threw away a lead to Labour in the Batley & Spen contest last week. That came just two weeks after being humiliated by the Liberal Democrats in the ‘true-blue’ Home Counties seat of Chesham and Amersham. The MPs have suggested that Ms Milling is replaced by a ‘bruiser’ figure such as Energy Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan or Kit Malthouse, the Crime and Policing Minister.” – Mail on Sunday

By-election fallout 2) Wallace: The Get Out The Vote operation on polling day went awry.

“On the campaigning front, there is growing anger in Tory ranks at the way the crucial Get Out The Vote operation on polling day went awry. Experienced activists were mistakenly sent to knock on the doors of confirmed Labour voters, rather than the Conservatives and wavering voters they were meant to be canvassing – an error that actively helped the other side…. In the 2017 general election, that lesson was all too clear: overconfidence about the big picture and a lack of attention to detail in the ground war meant that when uncontrollable events and unforced errors put the Conservative campaign under pressure, the machine proved to be vulnerable….The verdict of voters in Batley and Spen is a useful warning – better to be shocked out of any sense of complacency at a by-election than a general election.” – Mark Wallace, Sunday Telegraph

  • Aspiration is no longer catnip to Tory voters. No 10 needs a new language to make them purr- Robert Colville, Sunday Times

>Yesterday: Tom Spiller on Comment: Why I’m standing to be Chairman of the National Convention

Sausage wars truce is just a “sticking plaster”, warns Frost

“The UK’s three-month truce with the EU is a “sticking plaster” that addresses just a “tiny part of the problem” with the Northern Ireland Protocol, Lord Frost has suggested, as he warns that mainstream unionist support for the agreement has “collapsed”. In an interview with The Telegraph, the minister responsible for Brexit said the agreement was failing to “reflect the balance that was in the Good Friday Agreement” and therefore “is not working”. The Government’s “worry”, he said, was that the UK and EU “just lurch from date to date, and crisis to crisis, and find sticking plaster fixes, but never deal with the underlying problem”.” – Sunday Telegraph

  • Unionists cannot rely on the courts for help – Vernon Bogdanor, Sunday Telegraph
  • The EU will continue to be belligerent, Fysh predicts – Sunday Express

PM “poised” to offer MPs a vote on cuts to Overseas Aid

“Boris Johnson is poised to climb down and offer MPs a vote on foreign aid cuts as he is warned he risks turning the Conservatives back into the “nasty party”. The prime minister is “actively considering” plans to allow MPs a binding vote on the £4 billion cuts to the overseas aid budget before parliament rises for the summer recess at the end of this month. Although Johnson has yet to give his official view on the proposal, it is understood he been advised to grant the vote or risk MPs bringing forward another rebel amendment. A group of about 50 Tory MPs, including the former prime minister Theresa May, are opposed to the planned reduction of the 0.7 per cent of national income, which is legally enshrined in law. They claim the cut to 0.5 per cent could lead to lives being lost.” – Sunday Times

Hayes calls for sanctions on schools that don’t uphold free speech

“Schools that favour ‘woke over free speech’ have been warned they could face the same crackdown being planned for universities in England. Tory MPs are to tell Ministers that schools should face the same regime of fines and sanctions if they follow the example of ‘right-on’ universities by seeking to ‘cancel’ people’s right to be heard. The demand from the party’s Common Sense Group comes after The Mail on Sunday revealed how independent school Trent College had reported its chaplain to the anti-terrorism Prevent programme after he questioned its LGBT policies. Sir John Hayes, chairman of the Common Sense Group, last night labelled the Trent College episode a ‘gross disregard’ of free speech.” – Mail on Sunday

Starmer calls for ‘buy British’ economic plan

“Labour has announced a new post-Brexit economic vision for the UK involving ambitious plans to “make, sell and buy more in Britain” as it seeks to build a strongly patriotic policy platform with which to take on the Tories. Emboldened by its morale-boosting victory in Thursday’s Batley and Spen byelection, when the party halted Tory advances into its strongholds in traditional manufacturing areas, the move marks the opening shot in a new campaign to be led by Keir Starmer focused on jobs and the battle against crime in all local communities.” – The Observer

  • Labour will be on the side of British businesses and hand more public contracts to UK firms – Interview with Rachel Reeves, Sunday Telegraph
  • Union candidate warns Keir Starmer not to ditch leftwing policies – The Observer
  • Now kick out Corbyn and put Rayner in charge of paperclips – Dan Hodges, Mail on Sunday
  • Corbynistas fear  being “locked out for good” in fresh round of infighting – Mail on Sunday
  • Fabian Society claims “tricky period” over – Sunday Express
  • Poll ratings show no progress – Sun on Sunday

Electoral Commission investigations “must be limited to a year”

“Investigations by the elections watchdog should be time-limited to one year, Whitehall’s standards chief has said, as he recognised the “personal anguish and pain” experienced by innocent campaigners subjected to lengthy inquiries. This week, a report by the Committee on Standards in Public Life will recommend a 12-month limit cut-off for starting investigations into alleged campaign offences. The Electoral Commission would then be given a year to carry out each inquiry. In an interview with The Telegraph, Lord Evans of Weardale, the chairman of the committee and an ex-head of MI5, said he was concerned by evidence that investigations by the Commission “could drag on for a very long time” and have “hung over people” for years after an election or referendum.” – Sunday Telegraph

Government warned to put archaeology at the heart of planning system

“Historical discoveries could be at risk if government does not put archaeology at the heart of its new planning reforms, experts have warned. Archaeologists, academics and professional bodies have launched a campaign to ensure their work with developers remains a legal requirement. It has the backing of TV academics Prof Alice Roberts and Dan Snow, along with a number of MPs and peers. The government said it was “determined to protect archaeological treasures”. ..The Planning Bill was then confirmed in the Queen’s Speech in May – with the promise of a vote in Parliament in the coming year.” – BBC

  • John Lewis to use car parks to build 10,000 new homes – Sunday Times

Hannan: China may have embraced capitalism. But she remains a dangerous dictatorship.

“If the authorities are no longer Marxist, they are still very much Leninist. The dictatorship of the party is China’s ruling principle. It is sometimes justified with Marxist dialectic, sometimes through Confucian analects, sometimes in anti-American language, but always with menacing bellicosity…Several neighbouring states now feel the force of Chinese revanchism: Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Japan. During the lockdown, Chinese forces shot dead Indian soldiers in a border dispute. Australia has been subjected to an economic boycott for demanding an enquiry into the origins of the coronavirus. Hong Kong has been absorbed and assimilated, any notion of “one country, two systems” gone. Taiwan is braced for an eventual invasion that many now see as unavoidable.” – Daniel Hannan, Sunday Telegraph

News in brief

  • New Zealand’s worrying battle over transgender rights – Debbie Hayton, The Spectator
  • Let’s scrap these pointless Covid rules and let schools get back to normal – Fiona Bulmer, CapX
  • Opposition causes – John Redwood
  • Javid and Sunak are ideological soulmates – but how long will their friendship last? – Andrew Grice, Independent