sTo show off his eco-credentials and Joe Biden’s affection for trains, Boris Johnson chose a luxurious silver Amtrak train to travel between New York and Washington DC last night – a move that has been taken from the US by one. The president was rewarded by the belligerent train anecdote. The goodwill of the so-called special relations, however, did not extend to the welcoming words on the post-Brexit business relationship between the old partners.
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Our political commentator Andrew Grice on what to watch for today
With Boris Johnson on his visit, the Prime Minister’s Questions will see a conflict between a man with three jobs – Dominic Raab (Deputy PM, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of Justice) and a woman with four – Angela Renner (Deputy Labor Leader, Shadow First Secretary of State, Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Shadow Secretary of State for the Future of Work). If the Speaker reads all their titles, there will be no more time for questions.
On the Select Committee corridor, Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty will be questioned about the COVID vaccine for children; Grant Shapps, Secretary of Transport, on foreign travel and the shortage of lorry drivers, and Matthew Rycroft, Permanent Secretary in the Home Office, about the Windrush scandal, migrants crossing the Channel and arrivals from Afghanistan.
behind the queue The prime minister’s hopes of a Britain awarding a post-Brexit US-UK free trade agreement seem to be fading, despite a happy exchange of words with Joe Biden at the White House last night. Mr Johnson admitted yesterday that his particular relationship partner had “a lot of other fish to fry”, while the US president himself gave no reason for optimism about a quick settlement, saying only that the pair Will talk “a little” about business. Sitting next to the PM in the Oval Office pouring cold water on the prospect, Mr Biden said: “We are going to work through it”. Perhaps former President Barack Obama was not warning when visiting Britain during the referendum that Brexit would put the country “in the back of the queue” in any trade deal with the US. Instead, the UK is considering a bid to join a trade partnership between my allies, the US, Canada and Mexico. Andrew Woodcock Report from Washington. “There are many different ways to do this,” a UK government source said. “The question is whether the US administration is ready. The ball is in America’s court. It takes two to tango.” Today, the prime minister will also call on the world to “grow up” and address the threat of climate change in his speech at the United Nations.
toxic cocktail On the domestic front, the prime minister has dismissed growing fears of a life crisis this winter – despite one of his cabinet colleagues, Kwasi Kwarteng, saying some families could face a “very hard winter”, in which energy Bills are rising and there could be an imminent cut. For a £20-a-week raise in Universal Credit – introduced at the start of the pandemic. Asked whether people are “really going to struggle”, Mr Johnson told reporters: “No, because I think it is a short-term problem”. This claim has been debunked by the anti-poverty think tank, the Resolution Foundation, which warned of a “lack of living” even if the immediate gas supply problem subsides. National Energy Action, policy director at fuel poverty charity, said: “This cocktail of challenges will leave millions of families struggling to cope with low incomes and high costs. For many this will be an impossible task.” Workers are again trying to shed light on what they describe as the cost of facing “triple whammy” families. The government is reported to have struck a deal with CF Industries to restart carbon dioxide production at its UK plants, after closing last week due to rising global natural gas prices.
civil war Given that the Labor Party actually votes on issues at its annual convention – as opposed to a selection of Conservatives’ speeches – it is perhaps no surprise that despite repeated pledges to stop “navel gazing”, There is usually an internal battle on the party’s rule book. An extraordinary attempt to abolish the post of deputy leader was made on the eve of the last individual labor conference in 2019. This year, Sir Keir Starmer has changed the way party leaders are elected – returning to the old Electoral College system last used in 2010. Under the new (or old) proposed system, the vote for the leader would be split by a third. One third among MPs, one third among unions and one third among members – unlike now where all members of the party get the same vote. The party’s governing body – the National Executive Committee – is expected to hear the plans on Friday, but they have already sparked an all-powerful controversy on the eve of the convention. Left-wing group Momentum said the rule change would “mark the start of a civil war in the party”.
Guerrilla Crackdown Police made 38 arrests and pulled Insulate Britain protesters off the M25 after members of the group once again stormed the country’s busiest motorway. Footage taken at the scene by LBC Climate activists were shown walking down the motorway and sitting down – forcing traffic to stop. writing in daily mailThe Home Secretary, Priti Patel, along with her cabinet colleague, Grant Shapps, said the protesters “broke the law, weakened the cause they believed in, alienated the public, and most created additional pollution in one of the self-defeating environment. Protests this country has ever seen”. Both also emphasized that the government should empower the police to “better manage such guerrilla tactics in the future”. According to reports, the cabinet ministers are seeking court injections to prevent the protesters from creating a stalemate and are likely to be sought by the National Highways in the High Court on Thursday. BBC Radio 4’s Today The program they were doing “consulting lawyers”.
Kerching An investigation found that Whitehall departments spent at least £500,000 attempting to prevent the release of information under transparency laws since 2016, with government legal staff challenging the information commissioner’s decisions. Three cheers for the transparency. The largest one-time spending award goes to the Department of Health and Social Care, which raised a legal bill of more than £129,000 to fight a single case to prevent the issuance of ministerial diaries. In this particular case the judge ultimately ruled against the will of the government. “At the same time that the public is concerned about government secrecy, it is very ironic that government departments are spending hundreds of thousands of pounds of public money to hide information from the public,” said editor-in-chief of investigative organization Open Democracy. A government spokesman defended the approach, saying they were “committed to being as transparent as possible”, but added: “We have our duty to protect sensitive information while considering FOI requests to make the information available to us.” The need has to be balanced”.
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