In the @ConHome fringe, @michaelgove namechecks Marc Stears for his work on the way communities can save capitalism.
Stears was @Ed_Miliband's chief speechwriter.
Among other "political thinkers engaging with the big questions of the moment", he also namechecks Robert Puttnam and Paul Collier.
Gove says her prefers a 'covenant' approach to a 'contractual' approach to politics. Building societies, mutuals etc, part of the debate.
Striking how combative and self-confident @BorisJohnson was on Marr.
Plus his direct messaging ("trust the police", wages growing, fastest ec growth in G7, pandemic triggered 'fiscal meteorite' neither Thatcher nor Wilson faced)
Big contrast to Starmer just 1 week ago.
Of course there were also the usual evasions and misdirection. The point is he's still ahead in the polls and held onto reservoir of public good will in part because he's v good at simple messaging. And also because Labour often isn't.
Note direct message to Leave voters (esp Red Wall): “When people voted for change in 2016 and when people voted for change in 2019, they voted for the end of a broken model of the UK economy that relied on low wages and low skills and chronic low productivity."
But problem is...
.@RachelReevesMP promises the next Labour govt would introduce "the biggest wave of insourcing of public services in a generation"
Says she's giving notice to firms who failed to deliver PPE and other contracts that Labour would claw every penny back.
Labour would create a new 'Office For Value For Money'.
Some would say that ought to be the Treasury.
But it's clear Reeves knows she needs to add an extra level of reassurance to voters to convince them Labour can be trusted with their cash.
Reeves says "I will be Britain's first green chancellor".
I don't *think* that's a side-eye at Gordon Brown's pro diesel cars tax changes...
But if @trussliz becomes the new Foreign Secretary, her future leadership credentials certainly will be burnished even more.
V popular among Tory grassroots and in any final run-off with Rishi Sunak, members could back her.
Chris Whitty just burned @nickiminaj for promoting untruths about Covid jabs and it was a beautiful thing.
Fair play to @BorisJohnson for saying "I am not as familiar with the works of @nickminaj as I am with the works of Nikki Kanani, superstar GP of Bexley [Medical Director of Primary Care for NHS England], who will tell you vaccines are wonderful'
Whitty: Minaj line re male impotence 'designed to scare' + 'just untrue'.
On antivaxxers who discourage others from getting jabbed: “Many of those people, I regret to say, know they are peddling untruths but they still do it. In my view, they should be ashamed”.
What's most interesting about their advice is:
🚨 children in most deprived areas hit most by loss of schooling
🚨 serious risk to mental and physical health over short term and long term from disruption to education
🚨 'competent' under-16s can get jab without parental consent
Key line from their advice: "It is essential that children and young people aged 12-15 and their parents are supported in their decisions, whatever decisions they take, and are not stigmatised either for accepting, or not accepting. Individual choice should be respected."
On plans to exempt 'critical workers' from isolation, @KwasiKwarteng tells @BBCr4today: "I don't think it's a question of applying...we will be publishing today the sectors that will be affected."
2 days ago, No.10 said firms *would* have to apply + there'd be no list of sectors
PM's official spokesman on Tuesday: "We’re not going to be producing a list covering individual sectors, these business-critical areas will be able to apply for exemptions to their host departments."
So, another U-turn today. Dizzying rate of these this week.
I explicitly asked the spokesman why the govt was not repeating its practice last year of precisely defining list of critical workers exempted from overseas travel bans in the 1st lockdown.
He said cos this was a smaller list of ppl it would be done on a "case by case" basis
U-turn on a U-turn.
Govt press release confirms 3% pay rise for NHS staff.
.@sajidjavid “We asked the independent pay review bodies for their recommendations and I’m pleased to accept them in full, with a 3% pay rise for all staff in scope, from doctors and nurses to paramedics and porters...
"NHS staff are rightly receiving a pay rise this year despite the wider public sector pay pause, in recognition of their extraordinary efforts.."
Just asked Jonathan Van-Tam which restrictions he wd reimpose if the NHS looks like it can't cope this summer.
He said Sage would have to assess but pointed out "close contact indoors" would be the big factor.
Sounded like a new mini-lockdown wd be needed (ie masks/WFH marginal)
Also asked Sir Patrick Vallance if he should level with the public this unlocking is a huge experiment.
He sd govt had made clear the risks.
"It's very likely we'll get to above 1000 hospitalisations a day, it could be quite a lot higher than that."
When I asked @BorisJohnson if @JeremyFarrar was right that his decision to delay a public inquiry to 2022 was just "political manoeuvring", the PM said it wd be wrong to ask senior officials to focus "energy and mental space" on it while dealing with the current third wave.
Criticism has been swift from aid charities. Church of England's Bishop of Worcester now wades in: "The criteria which the govt has now set out for a return to 0.7% are so stringent that it risks making permanent rather than temporary the reduction in our overseas development"
NEW: No.10 defends Priti Patel after Tyrone Mings ( @OfficialTM_3 ) criticism. “The Home Secretary has been clear there is no place for racism in our country and that's why she is backing the police to hold those responsible accountable [for racist abuse]..."
PM's official spokesperson said: "The Home Secretary is working every day to clamp down on hate crime, racism and violence..."
PM opened today's cabinet meeting with a condemnation of the racist abuse aimed at some of the England team.
Spokesperson: "He said the abuse was utterly disgraceful and had emerged from the dark spaces of the internet...
.@ProspectUnion chief Garry Graham: "It is frankly ridiculous that staff will be required to wear masks around the estate but the very MPs and government ministers who set the rules will not.”
A spokesperson for Speaker Hoyle told HuffPost UK: “We have no employment or contractual relationship with Members which would enable us to mandate the wearing of masks. We therefore encourage Members to support us in keeping the Estate safe.”
No.10 "totally rejects" claim by @GNev2 after Euro2020 that @BorisJohnson has himself “promoted” racist abuse with language like Muslim women looking like letterboxes.
“I totally reject that claim," PM's official spokesperson says.
"The prime minister set out this morning his response to some of the awful comments we've seen. He said this England team deserve to be lauded as heroes not racially abused on social media, those responsible for this appalling abuse should be ashamed of themselves,”
On Neville claim that PM + other ministers suggested it was fine to boo players taking the knee, he added: “It’s not accurate.
“The PM was clear that he wanted to see everyone getting behind the team to cheer them on. He made that clear on the 11th, before England’s first game.”
.@BorisJohnson suggesting mask wearing depends on different types of train, depending on crowds.
Says there is "a difference between traveling on an overcrowded [commuter] train and sitting late at night in a virtually empty carriage on the main line"
Clear that Chris Whitty thinks mask wearing STILL needed "particularly at this point when the epidemic is clearly significant and rising" + when made others uncomfortable..
Tension with PM on this one is obvious
.@Keir_Starmer quick to pick up on the 'bubble' line. Johnson fails to withdraw the line.
PM says: "Of course he’s right about the sacrifice [of families like Ollie's]...the best response to their grief and their pain..is to get on with a new health secretary..."
Last week, Johnson appeared to dismiss concerns about rape victims as 'jabber'.
This week, he appeared to dismiss concerns about funeral restrictions on Covid families as 'the Westminster bubble'
Simple tone-check stuff, which he could avoid if he mixed the pace of his answers.
Speaker Hoyle letting rip at Govt for failing to send cabinet ministers to Commons to answer Qs on transparency.
“I'm sorry the minister Gove wasn't here to take some of the questions because most of them are named for him...
"This House won't be taken for granted when statements are made outside here [ie by No.10 or in press conferences], continue to be made, that's why I'm going to continue to grant UQs...
"So let's get used to it. The government doesn't want to come here, I'm going to make sure it is heard here..."