Johnson condemns ‘despicable’ attacks on Ukrainian civilians – and accuses Russia of war crimes…

“Moscow was accused of genocide last night after retreating Russian forces left behind horrific evidence of mass graves and the murder of civilians, some of whom had their hands tied behind their backs, in the commuter town of Bucha, near Kyiv. The barbarity of Vladimir Putin’s soldiers was compared to the atrocities of the Nazis and Stalin’s Great Terror as the horrors of Second World War returned to Europe. Western leaders have condemned the scenes and called for an international probe with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson describing them as ‘despicable attacks’ against Ukrainian civilians, adding that ‘we will not rest until justice is served’.” – The Daily Mail

  • US officials warn Putin wants success in eastern Ukraine by Russia’s Victory Day – The Times
  • The horrors resemble the Second World War – Ian Birrell, The Daily Mail
  • US urged to put nuclear weapons on Polish soil – The Times
  • Zelensky praises Johnson’s ‘historical leadership’ – The Sun
  • Town of Bucha ‘shattered’ by Russian atrocities – The Times  
  • The Prime Minister pushes for more sanctions and weapons deliveries – The I
  • Johnson urges no settlement until Ukraine has the upper hand – The Times
  • We must give Zelensky the power to beat Russian invaders – The Sun Editorial

…as he finalises his energy strategy despite Cabinet splits over onshore wind

“Boris Johnson will this week lay out plans for a new generation of nuclear power stations in the UK as part of the Government’s energy strategy. The Prime Minister is understood to have won a funding row with Chancellor Rishi Sunak, with the Treasury agreeing to underwrite a £100bn project to develop up to seven new nuclear facilities… The strategy, drawn up in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, will detail how the Government hopes to reform Britain’s energy sector over the medium and long term. But ministers are divided over whether to relax England’s planning laws in order to build more onshore wind turbines as part of the Government’s energy security strategy.” – The I



Former Government ethics chief Helen MacNamara fined over ‘raucous’ Downing Street karaoke party

“A top civil servant, who was in charge of Whitehall ethics, has been fined by police for attending a “raucous” lockdown karaoke party at which there was a drunken brawl, the Telegraph can reveal. Helen MacNamara, the former deputy cabinet secretary – whose karaoke machine was used at the event on June 18, 2020 – is among the first group of people to receive a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) from Scotland Yard in connection with the “partygate” scandal. She received a £50 fine on Friday after police concluded she had broken Covid laws by attending a leaving party for Hannah Young, a Downing Street aide, who was moving to New York to take up a role with the British Consulate General.” – The Daily Telegraph

  • Fines issued over parties the night before the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral – The Guardian
  • Warburton cocaine and sex allegations ‘referred to MI6’ – The Daily Telegraph 

Clare Foges: Sunak is too wealthy to reach Number Ten

“As a conservative and celebrator of success it pains me to say so, but for top-rank politicians in Britain there is such a thing as being too rich. Specifically, Sunak is too wealthy to be prime minister. I remain a fan of the chancellor, even after his derided spring statement. He seems an intelligent, decent man who is also, let’s be frank, among the best in a not-particularly-inspiring bunch. But I have come to realise that what talents Sunak has will, perhaps unfairly, always be overshadowed by the mountains of cash in his family’s vault… I wonder whether his tetchiness sprang from the realisation that in this country at least, great wealth is not compatible with great political ambitions.” – The Times


Dorries 1) The Culture Secretary plans an ‘independent regulator’ for English football by the next election…

“English football will have an independent regulator with a beefed-up “suitability test” for owners and directors before the next general election under plans set out by Nadine Dorries, the culture secretary. Dorries’s plan, outlined in a letter to Boris Johnson seen by the FT, will put the government on a collision course with the Football Association, the game’s domestic governing body, and the Premier League over how the country’s most popular sport should be regulated. The FA prefers the supervisor to sit within its structure, according to a person close to the governing body, while the Premier League has argued against full statutory regulation.” – The Financial Times

Dorries 2) …as a clampdown on Google and Facebook lifting newspaper stories is delayed by ‘two years’

“Ministers have vowed to get tough on firms like Google and Facebook which host Press content without sharing advertising revenue… The new Digital Competition Bill would create a regulator, the Digital Markets Unit, to ensure tech firms fairly remunerate publishers for content they make profit on by sharing. Under plans drawn up by Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries, it would levy large fines to firms who flout the new rules… But the Bill faces being kicked into the long grass after claims it was poorly thought through and risked stifling competition.” – The Sun

  • We must stop mobile phones from making vile porn mainstream – Trevor Kavanagh, The Sun

O’Grady warns the government is siding with ‘bad bosses’ due to delayed employment bill

“Britain’s top union leader has written to the business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, to warn the government that dropping plans to legislate for tougher employment rights after mass sackings at P&O Ferries would “side with bad bosses”. Frances O’Grady, the general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, said the UK needed urgent “proper legislation” through an employment bill promised by ministers more than two years ago but repeatedly delayed. It emerged over the weekend that the government would leave the long-awaited reforms out of the Queen’s speech in May… It first promised an employment bill in December 2019 after Boris Johnson’s general election victory.” – The Guardian

Home Office documents suggest the public do not believe ministers will tackle crime

“The Home Office documents reveals polling carried out for the government found a high fear of crime, and low confidence much will be done about it. The leak reveals the public are not convinced by a series of flagship initiatives by Boris Johnson’s administration on law on order, such as the Beating Crime plan. It comes despite government efforts to distance themselves from a decade of Conservative cuts to the police and the criminal justice system. Only one in three of those polled had faith it could tackle crime, its own document notes.” – The Guardian

Orban wins fourth consecutive election as Hungary’s Prime Minister

“Viktor Orban has declared victory as prime minister of Hungary in his fourth consecutive election win after comfortably beating off a six-party united opposition alliance. Orban, 58, was already the EU’s longest serving leader and he is expected to use the extension of his 12 years in office to consolidate his project of building “illiberal democracy” in Hungary. His success will be met with dismay by other European leaders after a series of rows between Orban and the EU over judicial independence, academic freedom and gay rights. “We have won a huge victory, we have won such a victory that it can even be seen from the moon, but it is definitely seen from Brussels,” he said, taunting the EU.” – The Times

News in Brief:

  • Is Jamie Wallis exploiting his trauma? – Mary Harrington, UnHerd
  • Did Mary Whitehouse have a point? – Alexander Larman, The Critic 
  • How the trial of the Colston Four was won – Tom Lamont, The New Statesman 
  • The conflict between France and Germany in 1914 was one of right and wrong – Ed West, Substack 
  • After invasion, famine – Scott Reynolds Nelson, The Spectator