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DRIVING THE DAY
WAR ON TWO FRONTS: Boris Johnson is this weekend attempting to wrest the agenda away from COVID law-breaking and the cost of living crisis by preparing for a major showdown with the civil service over its size, as well as with Brussels over the Northern Ireland protocol.
What everyone is talking about this morning: Johnson has ordered ministers to cut the size of the civil service by a fifth, the Daily Mail, ITV News and the Sun all reported last night. Jason Groves’ Mail splash carries a quote from the PM, saying: “We have got to cut the cost of government to reduce the cost of living” and that the civil service has “swollen” during the pandemic.
On the Case: ITV’s Anushka Asthana got her hands on a letter circulated by Cabinet Secretary Simon Case, which says the target is to cut 91,000 jobs within three years (Groves’ story says two). In his letter, Case says he will lead on the staff-cutting plan alongside Rishi Sunak, Steve Barclay and Jacob Rees-Mogg. The civil service headcount currently stands at around 475,000.
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The finer detail: Ministers have been given a month to put meat on the bones of the proposal, which is meant to save £3.5 billion a year, and Case’s letter suggests that all departments will be asked to put forward their plans. In his snap analysis, the Institute for Government’s Alex Thomas says this figure cannot be achieved solely with “back-office” cuts and would take the civil service back to pre-Brexit numbers. “Don’t believe anyone who says 90k can be delivered with efficiencies alone. Ministers must prioritise if they want to avoid spreading resource too thinly and failing in their policy plans,” he tweeted.
With good timing: The first civil service commissioner, Gisela Stuart — responsible for overseeing its impartiality — has criticized ministers’ attacks on civil servants for working from home and said she was “glad” unions have spoken up. The Times’ Chris Smyth has a write-up.
It’s all fine(s), promise: The PM will be hoping this will help things get back on track on the day after the number of fines that have been issued for COVID breaches in Downing Street doubled. The Met said it had given out 50 fixed penalty notices yesterday — but neither Johnson nor Case were included in this round. In his analysis, Sky’s Sam Coates says government insiders are now baffled by the Met’s approach to and timescale for the investigation, which hangs like “a debilitating cloud” over the PM and No. 10. The Tel tallies up that Downing Street has become the most-fined address for COVID breaches.
Comic interlude: Great fun in this short WATO segment yesterday on Coates, the lobby’s troublemaker-in-chief, quizzing ministers as they arrived in Stoke for the Cabinet away-day. Highlights: “Guto Harri, is it hard to spin your way out of this one after 100 fines this morning?” (to the No. 10 director of comms) … “Is it just best to ignore law-breaking in Downing Street?” (to Michael Gove) … “Is there anything Boris Johnson could do that wouldn’t mean you backed him?” (to Jacob Rees-Mogg). You can listen here from 43:16 to around 44:45.
Hunting ground: A week after the local elections, Johnson’s former leadership rival Jeremy Hunt launches a broadside against him in The Times, warning that the PM has “a mountain to climb” to lead his party to victory at the next election. In an interview with Matt Chorley that splashes the paper (and will be broadcast on Times Radio from 11 a.m.), Hunt said it “would be wrong to say that the setbacks the Conservative Party have are just mid-term blues.” The Tories lost nearly 500 council seats in the locals last week, which he put down to “economic concerns that many families had.” Hunt — who is being talked up by allies as the most viable leadership candidate to replace Johnson — did not rule out standing again in 2024, but said he did not think the PM should be ousted now.
PROTOCOL CRUNCH POINT: All sides are bracing for the U.K. government to announce it will rip up aspects of the Northern Ireland protocol next week after yesterday’s talks ended in deadlock and recriminations, with British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss telling the EU’s Brexit point man Maroš Šefčovič that the U.K. will have “no choice” but to take unilateral action.
Ministerial spin: Northern Ireland Minister Conor Burns told Newsnight that the government still hopes “we can get to a negotiated conclusion,” but warned that the protocol “far from being a protective wrapper … is actually now the greatest threat to the Belfast Good Friday Agreement.” Attorney General Suella Braverman told Question Time that the Cabinet had yet to take a final decision, but argued that action to protect the integrity of the U.K. and remove border checks was becoming “painfully, apparently necessary.”
Nevertheless: The Times’ Oli Wright and Bruno Waterfield report that Truss told Šefčovič to expect unilateral measures next week, with the decision expected to be formally announced Tuesday, but ministers holding off from publishing legislation for now. A No. 10 source denied widespread reports that the PM is planning to give a speech making the case for ripping up the Northern Ireland protocol on Monday.
Truss challenge: The FT reports that Truss is planning a “charm offensive” to justify the move to political figures at home. To kick things off, Julian Smith, the former Northern Ireland secretary, accused Westminster politicians of using the province for their “own agendas,” telling PolHome’s podcast that the population of Northern Ireland is being used as “a vehicle for other people’s priorities.”
Neal or no Neal: The Guardian reports that an influential delegation of U.S. Congress delegates will fly from Washington to discuss the situation in Northern Ireland over the coming days. Lisa O’Carroll, Jess Elgot and Jennifer Rankin splash the paper on news that Richie Neal — who chairs the House ways and means committee, which has power over signing trade deals — will be leading colleagues to meetings in London, Brussels, Dublin and Belfast.
Envoy incoming: The Times picks up on a letter from two senior U.S. congressmen to Truss that suggests the appointment of a U.S. envoy to Northern Ireland is imminent.
Bashing Biden: Former chief Brexit negotiator David Frost, who is stateside and was out and about giving his two cents again yesterday, criticized U.S. politicians for attempting to meddle in the debate. He told a Heritage Foundation event in D.C. that the U.K. is well aware of how serious conflict in Northern Ireland would be and suggested that Joe Biden doesn’t understand the “niceties” of Northern Ireland. “It is our country that faced the Troubles. We don’t need lectures from others about the peace process,” he scoffed, adding that it was “unreasonable and unfair” for Washington to refuse a trade deal with the U.K. until the protocol issue is solved. In an op-ed that splashes the Telegraph today, Frost said efforts to reach an agreement have “reached the end of the road” and that the government has an “absolute right and duty” to scrap the protocol unilaterally.
The Unionist view: DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson — speaking from the Balmoral Show, a farming festival in his constituency complete with speed sheep-shearing contests and prize-winning cattle — said his party will only resume government alongside Sinn Féin in Northern Ireland when the U.K. government publishes legislation to override the NI protocol. He said the DUP would not allow a power-sharing arrangement to form when the Northern Ireland Assembly convenes today and refused to confirm whether the party would block the election of a neutral speaker (a move that would shut down the assembly itself — as POLITICO’s Shawn Pogatchnik reported earlier this week).
Speaking of that legislation: POLITICO’s Emilio Casalicchio writes in that those on the U.K. side are bullish about the plan, arguing if the EU could bring forward unilateral legislation to ease the medicines issue in Northern Ireland, Britain should be able to do the same. The command paper of demands published in 2021 gives a probable indication of what Britain might do. One question would be whether the EU would have grounds to launch a trade war in response if it was not provable that unilateral U.K. action would cause trade harm to the bloc. The government might try to argue that retaliation with tariffs would not be commensurate with the harm caused.
Warning shot: Šefčovič hinted at retaliatory action when he said that implementation of the protocol was a “priority and precondition for a constructive bilateral relationship.”
TODAY IN WESTMINSTER
PARLIAMENT: Not sitting.
HALFWAY HOUSE: What else are ministers cooking up to help the cost of living? The Telegraph’s Ben Riley-Smith has a long read on what was discussed at yesterday’s Cabinet meeting in Stoke, and says around a dozen proposals for dealing with the cost of living are being worked up. James Forsyth’s sources tell him that “No. 10 are desperate for a policy on housing.” In his Times column, Forsyth says one of the ideas mooted is a proposal for micro-homes, or small properties that can be erected quickly, as a confidant of the PM’s tells him that “the bee in his bonnet is housing.” He adds that some of the more drastic ideas to get around local opposition include developing a set of new towns by using the national infrastructure plan, and contracting small developers to build on land the government already owns such as former military bases.
HELPING HAND: The Sun’s Natasha Clark and Kate Ferguson report that Johnson is planning a fresh push to reduce the astronomical cost of childcare. The PM has faced criticism in recent weeks for the proposal to allow childminders to look after five rather than four children at a time.
BANK UNDER ATTACK: The FT’s George Parker, Chris Giles and Seb Payne have a piece on senior Tories turning against the Bank of England over soaring inflation. A member of the government tells them that the bank “got it completely wrong at every single moment of this crisis” and should have “obviously” tightened monetary policy sooner. Popcorn at the ready for BoE Governor Andrew Bailey’s session before the Commons Treasury committee next week.
THE JOKES WRITE THEMSELVES: The Times’s Steve Swinford has exasperated quotes from a government source after BP chief Bernard Looney clarified that the company would press ahead with investments in Britain even if a windfall tax were imposed. “It was bizarre,” Swinford’s source tells him. “It felt like he was goading us to tax him. We really, really don’t want to do this — we’re ideologically opposed to it and it would hand Labour a significant win — but when the chief executive is effectively saying, ‘Come and tax me if you think you’re hard enough’, clearly the chancellor has to consider it.” Looney attempted to back-pedal yesterday by saying a levy would deter investment beyond that already committed.
LABOUR ALLEGES LEBEDEV ‘COVER-UP’: The government has rejected a Commons instruction voted through in March for the release of security advice on Evgeny Lebedev’s peerage, pointing to a “need to protect national security.” The Cabinet Office released a document to respond to the vote, which contained little new information and none of the security advice requested. Labour are calling the whole thing a “cover-up” that means we are no closer to knowing if and how security services raised concerns about Lebedev getting a peerage. Here’s Sky’s write-up. Yesterday parliament’s intelligence and security committee took the unusual step of announcing that it is looking into Lebedev’s peerage.
MEANWHILE, OUT IN SPACE: Grant Shapps is hoping to make it easier for satellites to be launched directly from British soil with a reciprocal agreement signed with the U.S. A satellite launch is planned for later this year from Newquay Airport by Cosmic Girl, a converted Virgin 747 carrying a U.S.-made rocket. “Newquay may not be Cape Canaveral but you get a better cream tea,” one source quipped.
UNLIKELY COMEBACK: And somewhat closer to home, former MP Neil Parish is plotting a political comeback in the very same by-election that was set up to replace him, after he resigned following an admission he’d viewed pornography in the Commons on two different occasions. The tractor-lover told the Chopper’s Politics podcast he had been pledged the necessary financial backing and was considering a run in Tiverton and Honiton as an independent, partially it seems as a way of getting back at Tory high command. Parish believes the farming community would back him — he’ll decide whether to stand on the eve of nominations closing.
FORMER SNP MP CONVICTED: The former SNP MP Natalie McGarry has been found guilty of embezzling £25,000 from two pro-independence groups, after a lengthy trial in Glasgow. It was alleged McGarry spent some of the money on expenses such as rent and shopping. The BBC has more.
Meanwhile: The SNP are under pressure after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon refused to confirm the result of an inquiry into the conduct of Fergus Ewing, a former senior Scottish government minister accused of bullying three civil servants. Kieran Andrews revealed in yesterday’s Times that the inquiry was complete but will not be made public due to data protection laws — Sturgeon resolutely stuck to that line under questioning from Scottish Labour’s Anas Sarwar in Holyrood. Worth watching how this plays out, with SNP MP Joanna Cherry the first in the party to break ranks and call for the outcome of the investigation to be made public.
BATTLE OF THE MAYORS: Labour’s ambitious mayors are back in the spotlight, with London’s Sadiq Khan directly contravening his party’s policy on drugs by launching a commission to look into liberalizing cannabis laws and Manchester’s Andy Burnham all but confirming a third leadership bid (when the position becomes vacant of course).
They see me rollin’: Khan’s tour of a cannabis factory in L.A. and eye-catching photoshoot among the plants have raised eyebrows back at home. Official party policy is against any liberalization of drug laws, and indeed Labour pumped out pre-election attack adverts, which pointed out that the Lib Dems want to decriminalize drugs. One Labour source said the mayor was “high on his own supply” and described him as “a suit who hasn’t got any ideas.”
Starting gun: Meanwhile, speaking to Andrew Marr on LBC, Burnham left the door open to the possibility of returning as an MP in a few years and standing for Labour leader. “I have stood twice and so obviously I wouldn’t be being honest with you if I said I never wanted to do it,” he said. “I would consider it one day but not now. I support Keir and what he’s trying to do.”
COVID INSECURITIES: Esther Webber has the scoop that Labour Party directors and other senior staff held an indoor meeting to discuss redundancies last year despite concerns raised over compliance with COVID guidance. Several members of leader Keir Starmer’s top team and the party’s general secretary, David Evans, attended the in-person meeting on the “Organise to Win” strategy on June 10, 2021. At least 15 people gathered in the party’s headquarters in central London, when office workers were still being encouraged to work from home if possible and social distancing rules were in place. One ex-member of staff said those in attendance did not take reasonable precautions such as wearing masks or observing restrictions on which desks could be used. “It was bizarre how they were carrying on like there wasn’t a pandemic going on outside,” the person said. “They all seemed as clueless and indifferent as those pictured in the Downing Street parties, and just seemed like failing to practise what they preach.”
Nothing to see here: A senior Labour official stressed in-person meetings were within the rules, the event had not broken any laws and all appropriate mitigation measures had been taken. They added that the meeting had taken place in a large room to reduce infection risk. But it’s not exactly what Starmer needs as he seeks to draw a line under Beergate.
On that: The Mail’s John Stevens reports that Labour Party members in Durham have been told to say nothing to the media on Beergate. The Times’ Fiona Hamilton reports that Durham police carried out a retrospective investigation into a coronavirus breach in November 2020 and issued a fine for it, which blows a hole through assumptions that couldn’t happen in Starmer’s case. (As a reminder of what a crazy time that was: the £10,000 fine in question was issued to a woman who organized a balloon release in memory of her father-in-law who died of COVID — later reduced to £500 based on her ability to pay).
MEANWHILE, IN WAKEFIELD: Speaking of unhelpful distractions, Labour finds itself mired in an internal row over its candidate in the upcoming Wakefield by-election, according to Sky’s Liz Bates. Several local party officers are rumored to be on the brink of resigning after Labour HQ narrowed down its shortlist to two candidates, Kate Dearden and Simon Lightwood, neither of whom are local (the House Mag’s Sienna Rodgers had their names yesterday evening). Bates reported that Wakefield CLP’s secretary and exec offices were holding a crunch meeting last night to decide their positions. A local Labour source told her: “There is immense anger among the local membership at what they perceive as a stitch-up.”
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ANOTHER ATROCITY: Russian soldiers were caught on CCTV shooting unarmed civilians in the back at the height of fighting in Kyiv. The BBC obtained the horrific footage. Ukrainian prosecutors confirmed to the broadcaster that they are investigating the killing as a possible war crime, one of more than 10,000 cases they have registered.
EU’s Russian oil “ban” latest: EU diplomats have a plan to get around Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán’s reluctance to ban Russian oil: don’t bother banning Russian oil. POLITICO reports that one idea seriously circulating in Brussels would see the other elements of the EU’s next set of sanctions move ahead, with the ban on all imports of Russian oil “put aside” while work continues on a compromise deal Hungary could accept. Just nine days ago, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen described a complete Russian oil ban as something “we simply have to do.”
DIGEST: As expected, Finland’s president and PM called Thursday for the country to apply for NATO membership “without delay.” Russia said it will take “retaliatory steps” if Finland goes ahead with the move when it formally announces its decision Sunday, when Sweden will also start to make moves … U.K. PM Johnson has given an interview to the Economist’s Matthew Holehouse on the Swedish and Finnish decisions, in which he said if the countries join NATO, it “would be a complete repudiation of Putin’s assumptions.” Read the transcript here and Holehouse’s analysis here … Ukrainian troops trapped in Mariupol have issued a desperate plea for help to world leaders, the pope and even Tesla chief Elon Musk to evacuate them, POLITICO’s Sergei Kuznetsov writes.
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Brexit Opportunities Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg broadcast round: Sky News (7.05 a.m.) … Times Radio breakfast (7.15 a.m.) … LBC (7.50 a.m.) … Today program (8.10 a.m.) … ITV GMB (8.30 a.m.) … GB News (9.10 a.m.).
Also on the Today program: Dave Penman, general secretary of the FDA trade union for civil servants (7.10 a.m.) … Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney (7.30 a.m.).
Also on Kay Burley (Sky News): Social Democratic and Labour Party MP Claire Hanna (7.30 a.m.) … Shadow Scotland Secretary Ian Murray (8.05 a.m.).
Also on Nick Ferrari at Breakfast (LBC): Former adviser to George Osborne, Helen Thomas (7.10 a.m.).
Also on Times Radio breakfast: Former Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges Jamie Shea (8.07 a.m.) …
Shadow Scotland Secretary Ian Murray (8.35 a.m.) … Chief Executive of the U.K. Nuclear Industry Association Tom Greatrex (9.05 a.m.).
Also on GB News breakfast: Shadow Scotland Secretary Ian Murray (7.30 a.m.).
Reviewing the papers tonight: Sky News (10.30 p.m. and 11.30 p.m.): Mirror columnist Susie Boniface and commentator Tim Montgomerie.
TODAY’S FRONT PAGES
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Daily Express: Defiant Truss … we’ll rip up Brexit border deal.
Daily Mail: 91,000 civil service jobs will be axed.
Daily Mirror: The home of U.K.’s worst COVID law-breakers.
Daily Star: Keep yer hair on — Tribunal decides calling man a baldy is sexual harassment.
Financial Times: Tether’s peg to the dollar snaps as ‘fragile’ stablecoin market takes hit.
HuffPost UK: Another Brexit shambles.
i: Lords try to delay Truss from tearing up Brexit pact.
Metro: Shot in the back.
POLITICO UK: EU warns Northern Ireland’s place in single market at risk amid Brexit row.
PoliticsHome: Ex-Northern Ireland Secretary warns Westminster is using the province for ‘other agendas.’
The Daily Telegraph: Frost — PM must brave it out over Protocol.
The Guardian: U.S. team flies in amid fears over Northern Ireland deal.
The Independent: EU accuses Britain of ‘blackmail’ over protocol.
The Sun: She’s dame Debs.
The Times: Tories risk losing next election, Hunt tells PM.
TODAY’S NEWS MAGS
The Economist: India’s moment — Will Modi blow it?
THANK POD IT’S FRIDAY
Brexit and Beyond: Wonks Anand Menon, Katy Hayward and Jill Rutter discuss Northern Ireland.
Chopper’s Politics: Commons Leader Mark Spencer and former Tory MP Neil Parish join Christopher Hope.
EU Confidential: The POLITICO team looks at France-Germany ties and the war in Ukraine, with special guests including Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko.
How Did We Get Here: Andy Bell talks to foreign affairs committee Chairman Tom Tugendhat and LBC’s Iain Dale about what makes a good political leader.
Newscast: The BBC Westminster team are joined by Labour MP Stella Creasy and Irish Europe Minister Thomas Byrne.
Oh God, What Now: Lib Dem MP Layla Moran joins Dorian Lynskey, Naomi Smith and Ros Taylor.
Rachel Johnson’s Difficult Women: Johnson talks to Leveling Up Minister Kemi Badenoch.
The Backstory with Andrew Neil: Neil interviews U.S. foreign policy thinker Robert Kagan.
The Bunker: North of Tyne Mayor Jamie Driscoll joins Alex Andreou, Ahir Shah and Marie Le Conte.
The Economist Asks: Anne McElvoy talks Roe v. Wade with legal historian Mary Ziegler.
The Rundown: PoliticsHome’s Alain Tolhurst and Adam Payne talk to former Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith and Irish Times columnist Finn McRedmond.
Women with Balls: Katy Balls interviews Leveling Up Minister Kemi Badenoch.
YOUR WEEKEND IN POLITICS
RYDING HIGH: It’s the bit of the newsletter you’ve all been waiting for — where we talk about Eurovision. For the first time since anyone can remember, the U.K. is actually one of the bookies’ favorites to win (although that honor is far more likely to go to Ukraine this year as audiences vote in solidarity with Kyiv against Russia). Sam Ryder — who made his name on TikTok by singing a capella covers of Britney Spears songs — will be performing “Space Man” at tomorrow’s Grand Final in Turin. And where would you go for Eurovision coverage if not POLITICO? Clothilde Goujard has a story on how the internet has made Eurovision sexy again and Playbook’s ace editor Zoya Sheftalovich has a rundown of eight times Ukraine’s entries to the song contest got political.
SUNDAY SHOWS: No guest news yet for Sophie Raworth or Sophy Ridge (BBC One, Sunday 9 a.m.).
Westminster Hour host Carolyn Quinn will be joined by Tory MP Alec Shelbrooke … Shadow Brexit Minister Jenny Chapman … The IfG’s Jess Sargeant … The i’s Paul Waugh (Radio 4, Sunday 10 p.m.).
WESTMINSTER WEATHER: ⛅️⛅️⛅️ Pretty sunny today and tomorrow. Highs of 21C. Look out for rain Sunday.
FROM OUR CRICKET CORRESPONDENT: Not even a controversial mid-innings penalty of five runs could stop the Lobby beating the MPs in yesterday’s crunch annual cricket match. To add insult to injury for Matt Hancock‘s Lords and Commons’ team, hero of the day for the Lobby Legends was Hancock’s ex-SpAd Jamie Njoku-Goodwin — loaned to the Lobby team as they were a man short. After he clean-bowled his old boss for 18, Njoku-Goodwin smashed a career-best 49 not out off just 37 balls to help see the journos home. Legends’ skipper Brendan Carlin, from the Mail on Sunday won the toss and put the Lords and Commons in on a green-looking pitch at Blackheath Cricket Club. Thanks to a half-century from Tory MP Graham Stuart, the MPs closed on 181 for 7 off 30 overs — a good total reduced by some fine tight-bowling from hacks including Njoku-Goodwin, the FT’s Alex Barker and ex-Sun journo Ben Jackson.
Now that you’re hooked: The Legends started slowly, with the Mail on Sunday’s Beergate correspondent Dan Hodges going out first-ball. But the Guardian’s Mark Rice-Oxley, who scored 30, and the Times’ political reporter George Grylls steadied the ship. A breezy 20 from the Telegraph’s Chris Hope was just the hors d’oeuvre to an excellent partnership between Grylls, who hit a very fine 46, and a swashbuckling innings from Njoku-Goodwin. In the end, the New Statesman’s big hitter Harry Lambert smashed one of his trademark sixes to wrap the game up — Lobby Legends finished on 190 for 5 with 1.3 overs to spare.
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