COP26: Johnson insists that ‘historic’ Glasgow summit ‘sounded the death knell for coal power’…

“Boris Johnson took a swipe at China and India tonight after they connived to water down a climate deal at Cop 26. The Prime Minister used a televised press conference to insist that the Glasgow summit had been a ‘historic success’ that ‘sounded the death knell’ for coal power generation. But he also voiced disappointment’ at efforts by Beijing and New Delhi  – two of the world’s worst polluters – to weaken efforts to abandon fossil fuels. The section covering unabated coal – the burning of coal without climate change mitigating technology – was changed from ‘phase out’ to ‘phase down’ under pressure from two of the world’s largest polluters, leading to angry responses from European and vulnerable countries.  ‘Of course, my delight at this progress is tinged with disappointment,’ Mr Johnson said.” – Daily Mail

  • ‘We we cannot force sovereign nations to do what they do not wish to do’ – Daily Telegraph
  • Business calls for more action after COP26 deal is watered down – FT

>Yesterday: Video: WATCH: Downing Street press conference. Johnson and Sharma update the public on what’s been agreed at COP26.

…as Sharma says ‘China and India will have to explain themselves’

“Boris Johnson said that Cop26 had “sounded the death knell for coal power” but he was disappointed that one pledge was watered down by China and India. The prime minister said that the outcome was “truly historic” and that within a few years building new coal power stations would be unacceptable around the world. He gave the event “more than six out of ten” for success. He said, however, that it was “tinged with disappointment” and that although most nations had demonstrated a “high level of ambition” some had not been “willing to go there”. India and China pushed for last-minute changes to the climate pact, replacing the pledge to “phase out” coal with one to “phase down” its use. Alok Sharma, the president of the event, was reduced to tears after the concession.” – The Times

  • The last minute coal demand that almost sunk the Glasgow climate deal – Politico
  • Pacific delegates condemn ‘monumental failure’ that leaves islands in peril – The Guardian

>Today: Sam Hall in Comment: COP26 has kept 1.5 degrees alive. But more must be done to keep it well.

Counterterror police arrest three after fatal car explosion in Liverpool

“UK counterterror police said they had arrested three men under the Terrorism Act in connection with an explosion in a car in Liverpool on Sunday that killed one person and left another seriously injured. Counter Terrorism Police North West — which unites the counterterror operations of several forces in north-west England — said they had arrested men aged 29, 26 and 21 in the Kensington area of Liverpool in connection with the blast that occurred in a taxi outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital at 10.59am on Sunday. However, police stressed that they retained an open mind about the nature of the incident and that it had not yet been formally declared to be terrorism.” – FT

Britain is to blame for Poland-Belarus border crisis, says Russia

“Russia has claimed that “Britain is to blame” for the migrant crisis on the Polish border, after Foreign Secretary Liz Truss demanded that Vladimir Putin intervene. Writing in the Telegraph, Ms Truss said the UK would not look away as Belarus used “desperate migrants as pawns” in “a carefully crafted crisis”. Poland has accused the Kremlin of orchestrating the crisis from behind the scenes. Underpinning the Foreign Secretary’s remarks is a growing fear in Whitehall that many of the migrants being shuttled between Belarus and Poland will eventually reach the Channel coast and try to cross into Britain. Ms Truss’s broadside triggered a furious response from Maria Zakharova, Russia’s foreign ministry spokesman.” – Daily Telegraph

  • UK must be ready for war , says armed forces chief – The Guardian

>Today: ToryDiary: Russian aggression in Eastern Europe. And a bomb in Liverpool. China isn’t the only threat to our security.

Johnson should ‘face the music’ and apologise over sleaze, say Tory MPs

“Boris Johnson has been ordered to deliver a “Liverpool apology” over the damaging sleaze row, senior Tories say. The PM has so far refused to say sorry for his wretched handling of the Owen Paterson lobbying row, triggering outrage among his backbenchers. Mr Johnson has been urged this week to “face the music” over the backlash. As an MP and editor of The Spectator, he was sent to Liverpool in 2004 to apologise after saying Liverpudlians were wallowing in “mawkish sentimentality” over the death in Iraq of kidnapped Brit Ken Bigley… The intake of 2019-elected MPs are also furious at being dragged into the second jobs scandal by association amid the Geoffrey Cox revelations.” – The Sun

  • Prime Minister’s regret as sleaze hits polls – The Times

Rail revamp of the north ‘facing cuts to save money’

“Boris Johnson is poised to shelve plans for a big rail project in northern England and downgrade another in favour of smaller schemes that can be delivered more quickly. The integrated rail plan, which will be published on Thursday, is expected to mothball the construction of the eastern leg of HS2 between Birmingham and Leeds. It will also downgrade plans for Northern Powerhouse Rail, a new east-west line across the Pennines between Manchester and Leeds. Instead of building an entirely new line as originally planned, the government will upgrade existing parts of the route while building some new sections. Ministers believe that this will make it far quicker to build and cut costs as part of £100 billion of investment in the network over the next 20 years. There could however be a backlash from Tory MPs in northern seats, who have long pressed for both the eastern leg of HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail.” – The Times

  • High speed train plan in the North goes off track – Daily Mail
  • HS2 eastern leg ‘to be scrapped after ministers reject £10bn to save 15 minutes’ – Daily Telegraph


  • Government’s levelling up agenda won’t solve productivity problem, new research says – FT
  • Shapps is accused of lobbying Government to stop houses being built on airfields – Daily Mail

France must intercept every Channel migrant, Patel to say

“Priti Patel is expected to use a crisis meeting this week to urge her French counterpart to speed up plans to intercept every single migrant before they reach the UK. The Home Secretary will meet Gerald Darmanin, the French interior minister, to find a “shared solution” to the Channel crisis which last week saw a record 1,185 migrants reach the UK in a day. Dan O’Mahoney, the clandestine Channel threat commander, said the smugglers’ business model would only be “broken” when the French achieved their promised interception rate of 100 per cent of migrants… On Thursday, the French intercepted just 99 migrants – fewer than one in 10 of the 1,284 who attempted to cross the Channel in small boats. French authorities blamed over-stretch due to a public holiday and extra security required for an official US visit.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Home Secretary vows crackdown on vile ‘cuckooing’ as seen in Line Of Duty – The Sun

Ministers preparing to intervene in Nvidia’s £30bn swoop on Arm

“Ministers are preparing to intervene in Nvidia’s £30billion swoop on Arm in a move that could scupper the controversial deal. Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries will this week order an in-depth investigation into the deal on national security and competition grounds. The Competition and Markets Authority will carry out the probe. The move will be a huge blow to US chipmaker Nvidia, which agreed the takeover last September. It comes as a global microchip shortage is sending shockwaves throughout the manufacturing sector and slowing down production lines. And it is the latest in a string of Government interventions in deals that target strategically important companies with cutting-edge technology.” – Daily Mail

  • UK sets out £1tn export strategy post-Brexit – FT

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Northern Ireland: is the Government wavering over Article 16?

Hancock in talks over Covid book deal

“Matt Hancock has been “approached” about writing a book about his experience as health secretary during the coronavirus pandemic, his spokesperson has confirmed, provoking anger from campaigners and the Labour party. The former minister, who stepped down in June after it was revealed he had broken Covid restrictions, had been contacted but no deal had been made, his spokesperson said. Reports that Hancock was considering a lucrative book deal ahead of next year’s inquiry drew harsh condemnation from the opposition. Labour’s deputy leader, Angela Rayner, said the former health secretary was attempting to “put his spin on the government’s failures”… In a separate statement, a Labour spokesperson said: “The Cabinet Office should block the publication of this tasteless cashing in on tragedy.”” – The Guardian

  • Covid booster shots for the under-50s to prevent winter wave – The Times

>Today: Bim Afolami’s column: The Government is close to losing the benefit of the doubt