Conservative Party

Westmonster
The politically correct establishment in Britain have utterly lost the plot over a Boris Johnson article that said it was “absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes”. In a ludicrous reaction, London Met Commissioner Cressida Dick seemingly asked her ‘hate crime experts’ to look into Boris Johnson’s criticism of the burka, with a preliminary assessment finding that his comments ‘didn’t reach the bar for a criminal offence’. Well yeah, obviously. On top of that, the Conservative Party will now formally investigate Boris over his comments to see if he breached the party’s code of conduct.This is all insane. Boris didn’t even call for the burka to be banned – which is backed by around 60% of Brits – and yet the police and Tory establishment are weighing in. The absolute state of modern Britain when it comes to PC bullshit.

Breitbart
Brexiteer Boris Johnson MP is facing an investigation by the Conservative Party over comments he made about the Islamic burqa, but Britain’s most senior police officer has confirmed he did not commit a ‘hate crime’. Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ) has said that they have received several complaints after the former foreign secretary compared the appearance of women in burqas to “bank robbers” or “letterboxes”, according to Sky News’s political correspondent Lewis Goodall, and the party is beginning down the path of investigating if Johnson has breached rules into discrimination or has brought the party into disrepute.  In the first instance, Johnson — a leading figure of in the campaign to Leave the European Union — will be scrutinised by a party investigator. If the investigator believes there is a case to answer, he will be referred to a panel to assess the complaint. However, the panel would be appointed by Chairman of the Conservative Party Brandon Lewis who was one of the first people to demand Johnson to apologise, raising questions of how such an investigation could be fair.

Guardian
Boris Johnson is to a face a disciplinary investigation by the Conservative party following a string of complaints about his comments on the burqa, triggering a fresh bout of infighting between his supporters and critics. The former foreign secretary could ultimately be suspended or expelled, while one peer who made a formal complaint said he had been told that if Johnson were to apologise now it would not halt the process. Party sources said dozens of complaints had been received after Johnson wrote a column in Monday’s Telegraph that compared women in burqas to letterboxes and bank robbers. An independent investigator will have to decide whether the complaints are sufficiently serious to appoint a three-person panel to examine the matter further. Johnson will be asked if he wants to provide a statement in his own defence.

Independent
Theresa May is caught in a Tory civil war following a decision to consider disciplinary proceedings against Boris Johnson  over his comments about Muslim women who wear the niqab. Senior Conservative figures attacked the prime minister after the party confirmed that following a series of complaints, Mr Johnson is to face a full investigation. Some Brexiteer MPs claimed the complaints were politically driven by those who disagree with Mr Johnson over the EU, while others warned that pursuing him would tear the party apart.  One backbencher told The Independent the handling of the affair by Ms May and other party leaders had been so poor that it has increased the chances of a leadership challenge over the summer. It came as Mr Johnson was admonished by the ministerial watchdog for signing a contract with the Daily Telegraph days after leaving office, without seeking advice on whether it could lead to conflicts of interest.

BBC News
A Tory peer who criticised Boris Johnson for his comments about Muslim women wearing burkas says he has been subjected to abusive emails and calls. Conservative Muslim Forum founder Lord Sheikh told BBC Newsnight he received “vile” Islamophobic messages after calling for Mr Johnson to be sacked. The ex-foreign secretary had said people in burkas looked like “letter boxes” or “bank robbers”. Elsewhere, comedian Rowan Atkinson said it had been a “pretty good” joke.   In a letter to the Times newspaper, Atkinson expressed support for Mr Johnson, saying “no apology is required” for ridiculing religion. Meanwhile, the party has received dozens of complaints about Mr Johnson’s comments, which he made in a Daily Telegraph column – where he was also arguing against a ban on full-face veils. Mr Johnson is now facing a possible investigation into breaches of the Conservative Party code of conduct.

Telegraph
The Conservative Party chairman has been accused of trying to “kneecap” Boris Johnson after it emerged that the former Foreign Secretary is being investigated for his comments about burkas. Mr Johnson is refusing to apologise for a comment piece in the Telegraph in which he compared women wearing burkas to “letterboxes” and “bank robbers”. The Tories confirmed the party is now examining “numerous” complaints against Mr Johnson and could launch a full investigation into whether his comments represent a breach of the party’s code of conduct. Potential sanctions include removing the whip from Mr Johnson or suspending him as a Tory MP for a period.

Order-Order
Brandon Lewis’ attempted stitch up of Boris – launching an investigation and then farcically choosing the panel members himself – is not going well for him. Tory MPs are kicking off and turning their fire on Brandon. A top Tory has told the Sun their party chairman is“May’s thug”. A Tory minister texts Guido: “It will be Brandon Lewis who is out of a job by the end of the week if he keeps this up. The story was dying and all he’s done is reignite it. He needs to stop before he tears the party apart.” And a former Cabinet minister says: “What Boris said was true and he was taking a liberal, tolerant line. This is politically motivated right to the top.” The consensus appears to be that Brandon has lost the plot…

Westmonster
Top Islamic figure has jumped to the defence of Boris Johnson in a row over his Burka comments. Taj Hargey, the imam at the Oxford Islamic Congregation, in a letter to The Times said Johnson should “not apologise for telling the truth” and that the former Foreign Secretary did not go far enough. He described the burka as “a nefarious component of a trendy gateway theology for religious extremism and militant Islam”. Dr. Hargey is renowned for his liberal approach to Islam, for example he disallows gender segregation of Muslim prayer. Theresa May has called for Boris to apologise for his comments, which included suggesting women in burkas look like “letter boxes”.  Yesterday Westmonster visited both the Prime Minister constituency and Boris Johnson’s constituencies. Unsurprisingly, May is out of touch with the public’s attitude towards religious integration. Remainer Tories have also criticised Boris for his remarks, including Anna Soubry, Jeremy Wright and Ruth Davidson. However, polling  concludes the public would go further than Mr Johnson, with a new poll suggesting 59% of respondents support a complete ban on the burka. Boris is much more in tune with public opinion on this – and many Muslims are against the burka as well.

Sky News
Boris Johnson has been defended by comedian Rowan Atkinson following his recent comments about burkas. The actor, best known for playing Mr Bean and Blackadder, described the remarks as funny. The former foreign secretary has also won the support of ex-cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell, who called the comments “colourful” but not against the law. The Conservative Party have decided Mr Johnson should be investigated by an independent panel following complaints his comments breached the Tories’ code of conduct. The Uxbridge MP compared women who wear the burka to “bank robbers” and questioned why they would “go around looking like letter boxes”.

Brexit

Express
BRUSSELS was accused of “blinking” in the Brexit negotiations today amid reports that it was preparing a new offer to prevent a “no deal”. But concerns were raised that the reported offer of keeping Britain in a single market for goods without free movement of people is “a trap” aimed at maintaining Brussels rule in the UK. According to reports, EU leaders believe that the UK can be persuaded to stay partially under their control if mass immigration can be stopped from the rest of the EU. So European leaders are supposedly preparing to negotiate a deal that would let Britain remain in the single market for goods while opting out of free movement of people. While the EU would be breaking its own rules to offer the deal, the price of the deal would be high for the UK which would have to accept all Brussels’ rules on social policy, environmental regulations and customs rules.

Express
THERESA May has been dealt a further Brexit blow after Tory rebels vowed to block any attempt to crash out of the European Union without a deal. The prospect of the UK exiting the bloc without a deal has grown among serving and former Cabinet ministers after the Prime Minister admitted she had reached an “impasse” in negotiations with Brussels. Trade Secretary Liam Fox has said he would prefer to leave the European Union with no deal agreed rather than extend negotiations, while former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson also claimed that Britain would “do very well” in a no deal scenario. But Conservative MP Stephen Hammond has fired a warning to Theresa May, claiming that although Tory rebels haven’t had enough support to defeat the Government in recent Brexit votes, that wouldn’t be the case when trying to avoid a no-deal scenario.

Immigration

ITV News
Targets to limit immigration should be scrapped after Brexit, the CBI has recommended. Businesses need a new immigration policy, avoiding visas for EU citizens and putting migration on the table for trade talks, according to its new report Open And Controlled – A New Approach To Migration. Evidence from 129,000 firms across 18 industry sectors in the report showed the importance of migration at all skill levels, said CBI deputy director-general Josh Hardie. He called for “blunt targets” to be axed to enable companies to hire the staff they need. “This is no longer a theoretical debate,” he said. “It’s about the future of our nation. Openness and control must not be presented as opposites. “Scrapping blunt targets, ensuring all who come to the UK contribute and using the immigration dividend to support public services will add to public confidence. “Many sectors are already facing shortages, from nurses to software engineers – so fast, sustainable, evidence-based action is needed.”

Telegraph
EU citizens who come to the UK after Brexit should be kicked out after three months if they are not contributing to the economy and society, Britain’s  largest business lobby group has recommended. The CBI, which has advocated keeping the UK closely tied to the EU, has urged the Government to introduce a system of compulsory registration for people arriving from Europe. In order to stay in Britain for longer than three months they would have to prove they were working, studying or self-sufficient. Freedom of movement was arguably the most important issue of the EU referendum  campaign and the Government is yet to spell out exactly how the post-Brexit immigration system will work.

NHS

Morning Star
TEST figures on A&E waiting times reveal the “astonishing” collapse in NHS standards under Theresa May, Labour said today. Monthly statistics for July 2018 published by NHS England show that just 89.3 per cent of people attending A&E were seen within four hours, well below the 95 per cent target. That dismal performance means NHS England has consistently failed to meet the 95 per cent four-hour target — lowered from 98 per cent by the coalition government — since July 2015. The number of people attending A&E in July 2018 also hit a record 2.176 million people in July 2018, the highest figure since records began in 2010.

Sun
MILLIONS of NHS patients are unable to see a GP when they need to, a damning survey reveals. A third of Brits struggle to get through to their surgery on the phone to book an appointment. And four in ten are denied a consultation at a suitable time when their call is answered. Half of those with a preferred GP never get to see them – or only rarely. That is despite studies showing patients who see the same GP have better health outcomes. The NHS survey of 760,000 patients shows one in ten feel their GP could have listened to them more. And one in eight was not given a good amount of time with a medic during their last appointment. Poor access is piling pressure on A&Es, with a third of people going there when they need a GP out of hours.

Times
A life-changing leukaemia drug will be available to thousands of patients after The Times exposed how the health service had secretly imposed restrictions on its use. NHS England was accused of setting a dangerous precedent when it curtailed access to ibrutinib despite it being declared a highly effective medication that offered value for money by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice). Health chiefs scrapped those restrictions yesterday and said that they accepted the treatment was “more effective than previously thought”. Ibrutinib had been approved by Nice in January last year for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) whose cancer had returned after earlier chemotherapy. However, without consulting doctors or patients NHS bosses issued a checklist of restrictions.

EU

Express
BRITAIN could be offered breakthrough Brexit deal by European leaders that would enable it to remain in the single market for goods while opting out of free movement of people. Member states could abandon one of Europe’s ideological red lines in return for more concessions from Prime Minister Theresa May. A potential deal is on the negotiating table and will be discussed at a special meeting of all 28 EU leaders in Salzburg, Austria next month. This would mark the first public shift in position from the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and the European Council. Since Mrs May’s new Brexit plan was outlined at Chequers last month, Mr Barnier has continued to claim that her proposals would “undermine our single market” and that Britain can’t cherrypick the parts it wants to be in.

Mail
Brussels is preparing to climbdown on one of its Brexit red lines and concede to UK demands to keep trade links without free movement, it was today reported. The EU is set to say that it will allow Britain to stay in the single market for goods while still being able to bring in border controls. Theresa May has been on a charm offensive to desperately try to drum up support for her Chequers Brexit plan amid fears that the UK could crash out of the bloc without a deal next March. But Brussels is said to be demanding its own concessions in return from the UK which could bind the UK to EU red tape and hamper the country’s ability to do free trade deals. They want the Prime Minister to pledge that the country will copy all new EU environmental, social and customs rules, The Times reports.

Telegraph
EU leaders are considering a compromise over Brexit that would allow Britain access to the single market for goods while ending freedom of movement of people. In the first sign of divergence between EU member states and Brussels’ chief negotiator Michel Barnier, leaders are expected to sound out Theresa May about a compromise at a summit in Salzburg next month. However, the deal would come at a price, as it would involve Britain accepting all future EU environmental and social protections – which Eurosceptics say is “not Brexit”. Downing Street is understood to be cautiously optimistic that leaders of the EU27 countries are finally engaging with Mrs May’s Chequers plan for Brexit.

London crime wave

Breitbart
The UK’s Statistical Authority (UKSA) has rebuked London Mayor Sadiq Khan for using figures to attempt to play down London’s violent crime wave. Mr Khan has repeatedly argued that all crime is rising nationally to portray the problem as not specific to London, as well as blaming central government rather than taking personal responsibility. However, London has a very specific problem with dramatically rising levels of violent crime, most prominently knife and moped attacks. Sir David Norgrove, head of the body that oversees the quality of official figures, told Khan in a statement: “It is not the case that crime has been rising nationally, as has been suggested in some of your recent statements.” However, he added: “The most recent crime statistics find that police-recorded crime shows a likely real increase in some higher-harm, violent offences. “For example, police recorded 16 percent more offences involving knives or sharp instruments this year, compared with last year. This is supported by NHS data.”

Interest rates

Times
Only one of 100 banks and building societies has passed on last week’s interest rate rise in full to all its savers, prompting anger from MPs and campaigners. The Bank of England raised the base rate for only the second time in a decade — by a quarter percentage point to 0.75 per cent. HSBC and Barclays, two of the five biggest banks, have already increased the cost of mortgages by the full rate rise but have left savers without any benefit. Lloyds is to follow suit on September 1. The banks’ approach is likely to make them tens of millions of pounds in profits. The Royal Bank of Scotland estimated that the base-rate rise would add £300 million to its income projections by 2020.

End of the world

Star
THE comet responsible for one of the most beautiful displays known to humanity could end up wiping us out. This weekend the night sky is set to dazzle with up to 150 shooting stars per hour as Comet Swift-Tuttle orbits. But experts are warning the rock will come “perilously close” to our planet releasing the equivalent of 20,000,000 hydrogen bombs exploding. It could mean the end of the world as we know it. A top stargazer has claimed the 16-mile-wide object may plough into Earth and hit us with an impact 30 times greater than the asteroid strike which killed the dinosaurs.  It would bring the worst mass extinction Earth has seen in hundreds of millions of years. If the panel decides that he breached the party’s code of conduct when he publicly objected to the “oppressive” garment — the face coverings were recently criticised by a prominent female Muslim doctor as “an invasion of Salafist affinities and a risk to national security and societal integrity” — he could face disciplinary actions including being suspended from the party — which would make him ineligible to lead the party and replace the faltering Theresa May as Prime Minister.

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