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Saturday papers – 12 August 2017

Brexit

Support for a so-called ‘hard’ Brexit is growing, claims several of the media. The Express says it’s now at 70 percent.

SEVEN in 10 Britons now support Theresa May’s plans for a hard Brexit which includes leaving the Single Market and taking back control of immigration, a bombshell poll finds today.
A shock survey of more than 20,000 ordinary voters found overwhelming support amongst both Leavers and Remainers for the PM’s strategy of securing a clean break with the EU.
It finds that two-thirds of people would rather quit with no deal at all than settle for a soft Brexit which would see the UK stay in the Single Market and continue accepting free movement. 

Westmonster reports that even Remainers are hoping for a good Brexit.

New research out has shown that those across Britain, whether having voted Remain or Leave in the EU referendum, is now united behind a full, clean Brexit.
The London School of Economics and Oxford University have teamed up to conduct a survey of 20,000 people, with BuzzFeed being given details.
What it shows is quite striking, with 67% preferring no deal to any so-called ‘soft Brexit’ and 68% support a full Brexit over a watered down version still being put forward by some Remoaners.
BuzzFeed spoke to Professor Sara Hobolt who told them: “Our results imply that Leavers are united in strongly favouring a ‘hard Brexit’ because they are generally more likely to oppose any deal that involves continued freedom of movement of people, jurisdiction of the ECJ, and a very large ‘divorce settlement’.

And the pro-Remain Independent says Remainers would accept the removal of all EU citizens.

Twenty-nine per cent of Remain voters would accept a Brexit scenario in which all EU nationals were forced to leave the UK, new research suggests.
Meanwhile, more than a third of Leavers — 34 per cent — said they would back a deal that gave Britain no control over EU immigration and similar levels of migration to now.
The innovative study by researchers at Oxford University and the London School of Economics (LSE) found the views of Remainers and Leavers, away from the sometimes vitriolic public debate, were not as far apart as had been thought.

Guido claims the Remoaner battle has been lost.

Remoaners have lost their battle to derail Brexit as the public overwhelmingly backs a ‘hard’ exit from the EU. A major new study from the LSE and Oxford University shows even remain voters now generally reject the ‘soft’ Brexit policies advocated by the remoan lobby. The findings refute the often-repeated claim that Britain is deeply divided over Brexit: in reality, both leavers and remainers are broadly united behind a ‘hard’ Brexit on almost every major issue. The study, seen by BuzzFeed, shows:
67% of people surveyed prefer the so-called 
“no deal” outcome to a ‘soft’ Brexit
68% of people surveyed would choose a ‘hard’ Brexit over a ‘soft’ Brexit

Ireland

The question of a customs border between Northern Ireland and the republic is addressed by the Times.

Ministers are preparing to rebuff the Irish government and insist on the need for a customs border between the north and south of the island after Brexit.
In a further sign of division between London and Dublin, the government is expected to rule out demands by the Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar, for ministers to consider alternatives to their current approach to the border.
Mr Varadkar has publicly called for Theresa May to consider staying in the EU customs union after Brexit and Simon Coveney, the foreign minister, has privately urged the London government to consider a new customs border in the Irish Sea to maintain free movement across Ireland itself.

Single market

But the Independent warns another legal fight is a possibility.

Britain risks a new Brexit fight in international courts if it tries to quit the EU’s single market without giving other countries official notice, The Independent can reveal.
Legal experts, including one who advised the Treasury, agree Theresa May will leave the UK open to legal action in The Hague if she pulls out of the European Economic Area (EEA) without formally telling its other members 12 months in advance, to avoid disrupting their trade.
The notice is demanded by an international agreement, but ministers do not intend to follow the process because, insiders believe, they want to avoid a Commons vote on staying in the EEA – and, therefore, the single market – that they might lose.

EU

Over the Channel, the revelations that Eurocrats are spending thousands on perks have prompted MEPs to bring a halt to such luxuries, says the Express.

EURO MPs have called on Brussels to scrap lavish perks and tax breaks afforded to eurocrats and said instances of EU waste show why Britain should not “bow down” and pay a hefty Brexit bill.
Eurosceptic MEPs said recent expenses revelations about senior Commission staff showed “the EU gravy train is running at top speed” and demonstrated why the UK is right to leave.
Earlier this week it emerged that Brussels boss Jean-Claude Juncker spent £25,000 on a private jet flight to Rome, whilst foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini blew £70,000 on a trip to Baku. 

But the bloc is still trying to get one over on we Brits, this time with the reduction in the use of English, says the Express.

EUROPEAN officials should start reducing the importance of the English language in favour of German once Britain has left the bloc, a trio of senior Berlin MPs have proposed.
The three powerful politicians said it would be a “good thing” if the influence of English in Brussels is diminished in the future, with German and French becoming more prominent.
They want to see fewer speeches, press conferences and publications produced in English, despite the fact it is by far the most widely spoken second language on the continent. 

Universities

In other news, it seems that those wanting to get into university don’t have to worry about getting good grades any more, says the Telegraph.

Universities have been accused of allowing admissions to descend into a “free for all” after it emerged that school leavers are increasingly being offered places regardless of their exam results.
Figures obtained by the Telegraph show that  unconditional offers at some of Britain’s leading institutions have more than doubled over the past five years.
It comes amid fierce competition among universities to attract students, with top institutions preparing to drastically lower their entry grades to entice school-leavers during the “clearing” process, as they scrabble to fill their remaining places after A-level results are released next week.

The Times has the same story.

Unconditional offers to study at some of Britain’s leading universities have more than doubled in the past five years, figures suggest, prompting claims of a “free for all” as they fight to fill places.
The lifting of controls in 2015 to allow universities to admit as many undergraduates as they could has led to accusations that they have become like businesses. Many are preparing to drastically lower their grade requirements for students who enter clearing after A-level results next week.
Alan Smithers, director of the centre of education and employment at Buckingham University, the oldest of the country’s five private universities, told The Daily Telegraph: “[Universities] feel they can maximise their income by expanding places.”

NHS

Waiting lists are exceptionally high and Westmonster contemplates the reason why,

NHS waiting lists are at their highest level for a decade as mass migration continues.
More than 3.8m people were waiting to start treatment at the end of June, which is usually a quiet period for the health service, sparking fears it could buckle completely during the busier winter rush.
But with net migration at almost 250,000 last year it’s hardly surprising the NHS is struggling to cope with the extra demand, and that’s not to mention the estimated 1.2m illegal immigrants.

Despite the reduction in smoking numbers, the Times reports a rise in lung cancer cases.

Lung cancer rates among non-smokers have doubled over the past decade amid concerns that high levels of air pollution lie behind the rise, a study shows.
The number of lung cancer deaths among people who have never smoked will overtake deaths from smoking- related cancer within a decade if the trend continues, according to the UK’s largest cancer surgery centre.
Researchers worry that this shift would make the condition, which is the deadliest form of cancer, even harder to diagnose and treat in time. There are 46,400 new cases and 36,000 associated deaths in Britain each year, and only one in 20 patients survives for more than ten years.

North Korea

Over in Korea, rhetoric between the top people is becoming even more heated says the Mail.

President Donald Trump bluntly told Kim Jong-Un Friday that he will regret it if he issues a single ‘overt threat’ against the United States – after signaling that the U.S.’s supersonic bombers are on a hair-trigger to strike North Korea.
Trump issued a new ultimatum to the North Korean dictator from his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club, hours after telling the world the U.S. was ‘locked and loaded.’ In the interim, he had been spotted in the clubhouse by a golfer, dressed casually in a white Make America Great Again cap.
‘And this man will not get away with what he’s doing, believe me,’ Trump told reporters.

The Sun claims US bombers are ready to go.

THE American air force is poised to strike North Korean missile sites in a preemptive attack if President Donald Trump turns his tough talk into action.
The plan involves flying B-1B heavy bombers from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam accompanied by satellites, drones, fighter jets and aerial refuelling warplanes.
There have been 11 practice runs for a similar mission since May when the training was accelerated.
“Of the military options (President Trump) could consider, this would be one of the two or three that would at least have the possibility of not escalating the situation,” retired Admiral James Stavridis, the former Supreme Allied Commander Europe, told NBC.

The Mirror also reports the president’s warning.

Donald Trump has issued another brash warning to North Korea, warning military options are now ‘locked and loaded’ in case Kim Jong Un acts “unwisely.”
Writing on Twitter, the US President added “hopefully” the North Korean dictator will “find another path”.
It came as Jeremy Corbyn warned the two leaders to “calm down”, and said Britain has a role in bringing them “back from the brink.
As tensions escalate between the US and North Korea, the Labour leader said you “cannot play fast and loose with nuclear weapons.”

The Telegraph claims negotiations are underway.

The United States has been secretly engaged in an attempt at back channel diplomacy with North Korea for months despite the increasingly bellicose public rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang.
In the latest round of escalating threats President Donald Trump said the US military was “locked and loaded” while Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, accused him of “driving the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war”. Other nations, including Russia and China, called for calm.
In a tweet issued from his golf course in New Jersey, Mr Trump said: “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong-un will find another path!”

Royal family

The Sun reports a poll claiming the line of succession should skip a generation.

MORE than half of Brits want Prince William to be the next King, The Sun can reveal — while just a fifth reckon it should be his father Charles.
And in a further blow to the Prince of Wales, 36 per cent said his wife Camilla should be Princess Consort rather than Queen if he does take the throne.
It comes amid a backlash against Charles after Channel 4 broadcast controversial recordings by his former wife Diana.
An exclusive poll for The Sun by ICM reveals 51 per cent of Brits want William to be the next King — skipping the Queen’s eldest son.

Eclipse

There could be a fairly dramatic eclipse in nine years’ time, says the Times.

Few things can be counted on almost a decade before they are due to happen, least of all in the fast-changing world of energy. Yet one event, nine years from today, is so certain that National Grid has started planning for it: the solar eclipse.
On August 12, 2026, the moon will pass in front of the sun over Europe, causing a significant eclipse in Britain and temporarily stalling power generation by the country’s solar panels.
Documents quietly published in recent weeks by National Grid, which is responsible for balancing Britain’s supply and demand to keep the lights on, show that it has already begun modelling the likely impact.

UKIP leadership

Several of the media report that Anne Marie Waters is on the list of candidates for the leadership of our party. The Independent says:

Ukip’s ruling body has allowed a candidate who claims Islam is “evil” to stand for the party’s leadership.
The party’s national executive unanimously approved Anne Marie Waters’ bid to stand against 10 other candidates in a ballot of members next month.
She was blocked from standing for the party in the last general election, with then-leader Paul Nuttall saying he was “a bit uncomfortable” with some of her views.
Ms Waters is a director of pressure group Sharia Watch UK, which campaigns against Sharia law, and has said she believes Islam is “evil” and “an expansionist, political, totalitarian and supremacist faith, commanded to world domination”.

The Guardian says:

Ukip’s ruling body has permitted an anti-Muslim activist with close links to the far right to stand for its leadership, opening a potentially major division within the party over its future direction.
The party’s national executive has approved the candidacy of Anne Marie Waters among the 11 people who will be put to a vote of members next month.
Ukip said in a statement that the executive voted by a majority to allow all 11 to go forward.
A series of senior Ukip members have pledged to resign if Waters wins, a result that would probably finish the party, which received the third biggest share of the vote at the 2015 election, as a mainstream political force.

And BBC News reports:

An anti-Islam candidate has been allowed to stand for the UKIP leadership.
Anne Marie Waters, a former Labour activist and founder of the Sharia Watch pressure group, has previously called Islam “evil”.
Her leadership bid has split the party, with some MEPs threatening to quit if she was allowed into the race.
But the UKIP National Executive Committee, which vets all would-be candidates, has allowed her to stand.

Breitbart reports on another of the candidates.

UKIP leadership candidate David Kurten has been attacked by LGBT activists and slammed as “unfit for elected office” by party official Suzanne Evans following remarks he made on the nature of sexual orientation.
Pink News, an outlet covering “politics, entertainment, religion and community news for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in the UK and worldwide”, took umbrage with Mr. Kurten, a London Assembly Member with science degrees from the University of St Andrews, the University of Bath, and the University of Southampton, over his answers to a Support 4 the Family survey.

A full list of candidates can be seen here.

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6 Comments on Saturday papers – 12 August 2017

  1. kenneth james ogilvie // August 13, 2017 at 11:27 am // Reply

    There is no such thing as hard or soft Brexit. Just Leave. The so called soft Brexit Norwegian option is to remain in with no say, not that we have much of a say anyway, we carry on paying and we carry on accepting their rules. Hard Brexit is just Brexit out of the common market out of the customs union and away from the ECJ. What is not to like

  2. A useful by-product of this issue is the way non-democratic Communist China has been forced to reveal its hand. Of course we don’t hear directly from its leader on this but since it is after all a totalitarian state I think we can safely assume their People’s Daily speaks for him when it says:

    “It needs to make clear its stance to all sides and make them understand that when their actions jeopardize China’s interests, China will respond with a firm hand.”

    “China should also make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten U.S. soil first and the U.S. retaliates, China will stay neutral”.

    “If the U.S. and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so.”
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-china-media-idUSKBN1AR005

    Now does anyone really believe that China would allow it’s attack dog, North Korea, to bark without permission? Or that they would need to do any more than yank its choke-chain and say “Sit!” if it didn’t comply?

    Whatever the true situation there (it may not be as simple as it appears on the surface) it is clear that if China is claiming that it can ‘prevent them’ (the US!) ‘from doing so’ it should be more than capable of ‘preventing’ N. Korea from stirring up trouble in the first place.

    If it wanted to. But clearly it doesn’t. So as I say, in this matter Communist China is revealing it’s hand.

    History reveals that totalitarian regimes are far more likely to start wars than democracies and that anti-democratic factions within democracies (perversely they are often easily identified by having the word ‘democratic’ in their titles) tend to follow this pattern.

    It will be interesting to see in this game of nuclear chicken what Trump’s next move is. Will he now sit back and do nothing, perhaps forcing China, through North Korea, to press the go button and start a Nuclear war or back down and allow this spat to fizzle out?

    • kenneth james ogilvie // August 13, 2017 at 11:38 am // Reply

      I have to disagree with you here . I live in China and they are going out of their way to stay neutral but they do not want their buffer zone AKA North Korea removed. Like wise Russia . They don’t want the States on their doorstep hence the unrest in Ukraine’s Crimea.
      You say history reveals Totalitarian countries start more wars than Democratic countries. On the contrary the good old USA have started more wars than any other country over the last hundred years all in the name of democracy of course

  3. StuartJ, take care to differentiate between ‘Prince’ the deceased pop idol and HRH Prince George. Anyone could have been excused for thinking that the flamboyant Prince was gay, but who knows?

    It is disgraceful and inexcusable to label 4 year old Prince George as a ‘gay icon’, even in fun. It’s not funny to sexualise any child in this way, and Pink News is laying itself open to charges of all homosexuals being pederasts, which is as false as saying that all heterosexuals are paedophiles. The editors of this publication really should know better.

    • Haha, yes sorry, I did mean Prince George, not sure what happened there!

      There was some comment there about George being the first ‘gay king’ of England, which while also totally abhorrent, excuses the Cultural Marxists as it is probably unlikely we’ll ever have a black King (or Queen). But then again, they’d probably have a field day if he ever turned out transgender, oh what title would he have? Queen George? The mind boggles!

  4. On the subject of Pink News, they’ve exposed their hypocrisy by lauding Prince as a ‘gay icon’:
    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/08/11/pinknews-four-year-old-prince-george-gay-icon-sick/

    On the UKIP leadership election, its nice to see the liberal-left media predictably aiming their sights and homing in on the ‘anti-Islam’ candidate. And you can almost hear them licking their lips at the prospect of ‘finishing off UKIP’

    Finally, is anyone else getting fed up with this ‘macho bullshit posturing’ between USA and North Korea? With all the danger present in the world today, its quite sad that Trump has once again fallen into the trap of ‘fake news’ propaganda from North Korea, believing the ‘threats’ coming out of Pyongyang and responding in course. I wouldn’t be surprised if N.Korea didn’t have any nuclear weapons at all, and have just been lying about the whole thing, to make themselves – as a country – feel powerful and important, rather than the impoverished little country living under the dictatorship of a fantasist that it is.

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