Brexit

It seems Blair is urging the EU to stop us leaving. The Mail illustrates the story with a grotesque picture of the former Prime Minister.

Tony Blair has urged Germany to do ‘everything possible’ to keep Britain in the European Union.
The former Prime Minister has been a prominent advocate to remain in the EU since and has now urged Merkel to try her best to reverse the decision made in the referendum.
He said: ‘It would be a mistake of historic proportions if the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.
‘Even Europe – especially Germany – has a lot to lose.
‘It is in all our interests to maintain barrier-free trade across the continent and to hold liberal democracies together in times when authoritarian structures are resurgent.’
He added: ‘Germany should do everything possible to keep the UK in the EU.
‘The most important thing is to keep the door open if the British people decide to reverse their decision by voting on the outcome of the negotiations.’
The former Labour leader said Germany could play a key role in reversing the decision if it joined forces with France to push from reforms that may appeal to the UK.

The Sun has picked up the story.

TONY Blair has called for Angela Merkel to block Brexit by doing “everything possible” to keep Britain in the EU.
Arch-remainer Blair urged the German Chancellor to act and said  it would be a “mistake of historic proportions if the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.”
Britain has less than a year to go until its divorce with Brussels, with the departure date of March 29 looming on the horizon.
Merkel has previously described our exit from the EU as “deplorable” and Blair said Brexit would be bad news for the Germans.
The former PM told Business Insider: “Even Europe – especially Germany – has a lot to lose.
“It is in all our interests to maintain barrier-free trade across the continent and to hold liberal democracies together in times when authoritarian structures are resurgent.”

As has the Star.

TONY Blair has warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel she must stop Brexit at any cost.
The former Prime Minister has risked outrage by saying Merkel should do “everything possible” to keep Britain in the bloc.
He warned it would be a “mistake of historic proportions if the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.”
Speaking to the Business Insider, the arch-remainer said: “Even Europe – especially Germany – has a lot to lose.
“It is in all our interests to maintain barrier-free trade across the continent and to hold liberal democracies together in times when authoritarian structures are resurgent.”
He added: “Germany should do everything possible to keep the UK in the EU.

New political party

The Guardian is the only paper to report on a new political party being secretly planned.

A new political party with access to up to £50m in funding has been secretly under development for more than a year by a network of entrepreneurs, philanthropists and donors keen to “break the Westminster mould”, the Observer  can reveal.
The movement, spearheaded by a former Labour  benefactor, is understood to have been drawn up by a group frustrated by the tribal nature of politics, the polarisation caused by Brexit and the standard of political leadership on all sides. It appears to have a centrist policy platform that borrows ideas from both left and right.
Senior figures from the worlds of business and charity are understood to be involved, as well as former supporters of the main parties, including a number of former Tory donors.
Sources say the project, led by the multi-millionaire philanthropist and founder of LoveFilm, Simon Franks, has had full-time staff members for as long as a year. Initial discussions are said to have begun at the end of 2016. Franks has set up a company, Project One Movement for the UK, which is likely to be the vehicle for the enterprise.
Some of those involved have apparently been keen for the project to concentrate on funding community activism, rather than becoming a formal political party. A final decision has not yet been taken, but there is said to be a consensus that the movement will run candidates at the next election, due in 2022, should the current parties be deemed to be failing. Some form of political movement could be launched later this year.

EU

The Express points out the economic difficulties faced by the bloc after Brexit.

AUSTRIA and Germany are set to snub EU demands for more billions, according to an expert.
The Member States have launched a significant rebellion against the bloc following calls for the EU kitty to be hiked by billions to make up for the Brexit shortfall.
But Austrian journalist Christian Ortner said without harsh negotiations is not in the national interest of Austria or Germany.
The wordsmith said: “If a foreign tourist at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul tells the seller of an Anatolian double-blended carpet they are willing to pay more than the asked price before the price negotiations even begin, he will first of all not get a favourable deal, and he will secondly probably become known as the fool of the decade in the annals of the bazaar.”

And the Express also claims that one of the countries worst hit by Brexit will be Ireland.

A BOMBSHELL report suggests Ireland will be hit the most by the UK’s exit of the European Union as Germany follows closely behind.
Since Ireland shares a border with the United Kingdom it will be heavily impacted as the Irish-border issue continues to loom over negotiations.
The Irish border issue has become one of the biggest obstacles of these negotiations as Mrs May struggled to find a solution to balance an open border with the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Furthermore, all facets of negotiations about a customs union and trade deal are going to have to be done with the Irish border in mind.
In the same study by the European Committee of the Regions it reveals that Germany will be next the country to be impacted, especially in the industrial and craft sectors.

Labour Party

Meanwhile, the Labour Party can’t shake off claims of antisemitism, says the Guardian.

Half of the electorate believes that there are at least pockets of antisemitism in the Labour party, according to a poll.
A third (34%) of voters also believe that Jeremy Corbyn is among those in the party who hold antisemitic views, despite his repeated denials and pledge to be a “militant opponent” of the problem.
The findings, from a debut poll by the Deltapoll company, will frustrate the Labour leadership. The party has attempted to draw a line under the issue by vowing to implement all the recommendations in Shami Chakrabarti’s 2016 report (PDF) into alleged antisemitism in the party.
The poll found that 51% believes Labour has a problem with antisemitism to some degree. It found that 17% think the party is “riddled” with people holding antisemitic views, including Corbyn. The same proportion think “pockets” of antisemitism exist within Labour, including its leader. Two-fifths of 2017 Labour voters (39%) think that people within the party hold antisemitic views.
It comes as the party is dealing with a backlog of disciplinary action against members accused of antisemitism and as a Labour MP faced a motion from her local party, censuring her for attending a protest against antisemitism in Labour.

The party is criticised in the Express.

JEREMY Corbyn is not on the side of law-abiding citizens, has a long history of not standing up for police officers and makes excuses for criminals, according to Justice Secretary David Gauke.
The Lord Chancellor and Conservative MP for South West Hertfordshire said the Labour leader uses poverty as an excuse for crime.
Mr Gauke said: “You only have to look at Jeremy Corbyn’s long record in Parliament.
“He’s never been a supporter of the police.
“Repeatedly, he has failed to stand up for the law-abiding and too often been prone to put crime down to inequality or poverty, rather than addressing the issue of personal responsibility.”

Child grooming

The Mail has several stories about child exploitation, one of which is a fascinating first-person story from a girl who was groomed and abused by an Asian.

Tyres screeching, the blue Subaru sped towards the cliff edge.
Beyond it was a sheer drop and certain death. ‘Stop, Ash! You’re going to kill us!’ I screamed.
‘That’s right,’ he said. ‘You want to finish with me, do you? Well, if I can’t have you, nobody can.’
The whole of Rotherham lay below us and I could see the road running out as we raced to the edge, Ash’s foot pressed hard on the accelerator.
I screwed up my eyes and put my arms across my bump to protect my unborn baby.
A moment later Ash slammed his foot on the brakes and the car stopped, the front tyres only inches from the cliff.
Ash just laughed. Throwing me in the back seat, he raped me while I lay there, the tears running down my cheeks.
I was too terrified to stop him.
After all, I was just 15 years old. I had no idea that the man I thought I loved – 25-year-old Arshid ‘Ash’ Hussain, known as Mad Ash – was in fact a paedophile, a ringleader in one of the country’s biggest and most notorious child abuse scandals.
He had been grooming me for sex for two years.
But lying on the clifftop that day, terrified and humiliated, it was the final straw.
At least 1,400 children, most of them white girls, were subjected to sexual exploitation in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, between 1997 and 2013.

The Mail also has a similar story based in Derby.

Nine men have been arrested on suspicion of child sex crimes after an ‘exploitation investigation’ in Derby.
The men were held on suspicion of what police have described as ‘conspiracy of sexual activity with a child’ and remained in custody on Saturday morning.
Officers carried out warrants in Loudon Street and Walbrook Road in Normanton and Pear Tree about 10pm on Friday and arrested six men.
Another three were arrested in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The nine men were aged between 20 and 47 with eight from Derby and one from overseas.
Neighbours said men had been ‘seen coming and going’ one of the houses before it was raided.

And the Mail also has a comment from a youth expert.

An expert in youth violence has revealed the degrading and abusive treatment that girls are suffering at the hands of gang members.
Jennifer Blake, a former charity chief executive who advised the Home Office on tackling gang crime, told how girls as young as 12 are being used by their criminal boyfriends to deliver drugs, hide guns and provide sexual services.
Gang members place the girls in specific categories to dictate the roles they are expected to play and where they stand in a hierarchy of importance.
At the lowest level are ‘line-ups’, which Ms Blake explained are girls who sickeningly are pressurised to sleep with up to ten men at a time – one after the other.
One step up from this category are girls referred to as ‘links’ who can be called upon at any time by her lover in the gang to sleep with him and two or three other friends.
There are also the ‘baby mothers’ – young women who gang members get pregnant before abandoning them – and the ‘girls’ who they are in loose relationships with.

Crime

The Home Secretary has denied that police cuts are responsible for the explosion in crime, says the Telegraph.

Police cuts are not to blame for rising crime, the Home Secretary has warned, because forces have the officers and funding to tackle the violence on Britain’s streets.
Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, Amber Rudd unveils a Serious Violence Task Force to face the problem and says the “time for warm words and political quarrels is over”.
In the article, which echoes Theresa May’s speech to the Police Federation in 2014 when she was home secretary, Ms Rudd says: “As we confront this issue, I know that the same arguments and criticisms will emerge.
“One is the contention that there are not enough officers on the streets. The evidence, however, does not support this.

The Independent reports a clampdown on knife purchases.

Anyone buying a knife online will be banned from having it sent to a residential address, under a government crackdown following a surge in street stabbings.
New legislation, to be brought forward within weeks, will also make it illegal to possess zombie knives and knuckledusters in private – or any knife on further education premises.
Rapid firing rifles will be banned and the legal definition for threatening someone with an offensive weapon changed to make prosecutions easier.
The measures – which also include a ban on acid sales to under-18s – will all be included in a new “serious violence strategy”, to be launched by the home secretary, Amber Rudd, on Monday.
It follows six shootings and stabbings in  London  in the past week alone and more than 50 murders in the capital in just the first three months of the year.

And the Sun also reports on the clampdown.

UNDER-18s will be banned from buying acid in a major drive to tackle Britain’s violent crime epidemic.
Tough new laws will make it a crime to possess in public deadly corrosives capable of scarring people for life.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd will unveil a package of measures to stem the alarming surge in murders, stabbings and acid attacks.
Ms Rudd’s measures will see harmful substances, including cleaning products, classed as offensive weapons.
Sulphuric acid will be added to the list of explosives precursors, with licences nee­d­ed to possess and use it.
Cops will get more powers to stop and search those suspect­ed of carrying knives or dangerous chemicals.

Sky News reports on the ban, to come in tomorrow.

Banning the sale of acid to under-18s and tougher restrictions on buying knives online are among new measures announced by the Government to tackle violent crime.
As part of the Offensive Weapons Bill, ministers are also preparing to extend 
stop and search powers enabling police to seize corrosive substances.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd is also expected to challenge social media companies to do more to crack down on gang-related content.
The different measures all fit into the Government’s serious violence strategy, which will launch on Monday.
It comes after a surge in violent crime, particularly fatal stabbings, 
in London in recent months.

The Mail reports the activities of gangs.

Children as young as nine are playing a sick game called ‘Scores’ where they win points for stabbing people and committing crime, according to a former gang member.
The competition between rival gangs bidding to outdo each other by boasting of their gruesome handiwork on social media is believed to be a major factor fuelling the recent explosion in urban violence, particularly in London.
‘The bigger the crime the higher the points, the more and more you do something the more and more rep [reputation] you get, the more you get ranked up,’ said Chris Preddie, a former gang member who has been awarded the OBE for his work with young offenders.
He compared the system of gaining kudos to moving up through ranks in the military, adding: ‘If you’re a kid and you go up the ranks you become a leader.
Now he’s controlling 15-20 kids, telling them what to do.’

NHS

A cancer vaccine is in short supply, says the Mail.

Private supplies of a vaccine that protects against the virus responsible for many forms of cancer have run out across Britain, it emerged last week.
It follows this newspaper’s campaign to persuade the NHS to provide the jab free for boys.
The Gardasil 9 vaccine is currently given free only to girls aged 12 to 13.
Made by drug firm MSD, it gets its name because it provides lifelong protection against nine strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV), spread by kissing and sexual contact.
About 80 per cent of adults are infected, and it is now known to cause cancers of the cervix, anus, genitals, head and neck – often decades after initial infection.
The NHS is facing legal action from the Throat Cancer Foundation on grounds that the current ‘vaccine apartheid’ policy amounts to gender discrimination.
But while our campaign has raised awareness of HPV, it has also highlighted a second form of discrimination – between those able to afford to vaccinate their sons privately, and those who can’t.

Immigration

The Times claims immigration is the cause of soaring house prices.

Immigration has put up house prices by 20% over the past 25 years and Britain’s post-Brexit border rules must take account of demand for affordable homes, the new housing minister has declared.
In an interview with The Sunday Times, Dominic Raab revealed that he is writing to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) urging it to consider the negative effects of new arrivals on housing demand as well as the positive economic benefits of immigration.
His intervention comes ahead of the committee publishing a report this autumn to inform the government’s new immigration plans.
Raab, a leading Brexiteer who has been tipped as a possible future Tory leader, also used his first print interview as housing minister to call for an end to Tory infighting.

Foreign aid

And Breitbart has pointed out the huge increase in foreign aid.

Britain’s foreign aid budget soared by £555 million to almost £14 billion last year — meaning it has more than doubled in roughly a decade.
Leading Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg and the UK Independence Party (UKIP) have both slammed the spiralling size of the taxpayer-funded handouts during a time of sustained cutbacks at home.
“Protecting the overseas aid budget continues to be a costly mistake when there are so many other pressing demands on the budget,” blasted Rees-Mogg, who chairs the European Research Group.
The amount of aid handed out by the British government increased by 4.2 per cent in 2017 to £13.9 billion, 
The Times reports, a jump from £13.4 billion in 2016, and more than double the £6.4 billion spent in 2008.

Special needs children

Children with special needs are getting a raw deal, says the Times.

The treatment of children with special needs is “shameful”, the shadow education secretary, Angela Rayner, said yesterday as a new analysis revealed the number waiting for school places had risen fivefold.
Department for Education figures show that 4,152 children and young people with disabilities or special needs were left without a school place last year.
The children were not home-schooled and received no state provision during school hours, with the majority forced to stay at home with parents or carers.
In 2010, the equivalent figure stood at just 776 and has risen sharply in recent years; schools say they are unable to pay for specialist staff and equipment.

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