Nightmare upon nightmare for the Tories – and others [also in the news]

This has been a week full of incident, hasn’t it?

That’s particularly true for This Writer, because the court case brought against me by TV’s Rachel Riley is due to be heard in the week beginning July 18, and preparations are starting to be made now.

It means I haven’t had the time to cover as many stories as I wanted.

So – below – please find quick summaries of some events This Site has not been able to cover, with links to where you can read more. It’s not ideal as I haven’t had the opportunity to cover them properly, but it’s the best I can manage at this time.

Let’s get started:

Time and again the Tories are wrong about the NHS. It actually needs more managers

“It’s time for another NHS overhaul, and it is a racing certainty that like most other NHS overhauls, it will involve “more resources to the front line” and “cutting back on fat-cat NHS managers”.

“So it seems a good time to stress that the NHS doesn’t have too many managers. In fact, by any reasonable definition, it has far too few managers, and as a result doctors and nurses are being forced to spend hours doing managerial and admin work, time that could be better spent doing actual doctoring and nursing.”

Minister ‘ignored calls’ to keep nuclear reactor running despite energy crisis, letter shows

“Leaked correspondence, shows energy minister Greg Hands was urged back in March to take action to prolong the operating lives of nuclear reactors, including Hinkley Point B in Somerset, in an attempt to shore up the country’s energy supplies amid fears of shortages as a result of the war in Ukraine.

“The plea to extend came from a fellow Tory MP, but in his response dated 11 April Mr Hands rejected the call

“MPs and industry insiders are at a loss as to the lack of action from the Department for Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy and believe ministers and officials left it too late to intervene to delay the decommissioning date of Hinkley Point.”

UK confident its plan for N. Ireland does not break international law

“Britain is confident it will not break international law with plans to introduce legislation to unilaterally deal with problems caused by the post-Brexit arrangements that cover trade with Northern Ireland, a minister said on Thursday.”

‘Writing is on the wall’: Boris Johnson will be ousted before next election, says former Tory chancellor

“Boris Johnson is doomed to be ousted by his own party before the next general election following this week’s damaging no-confidence vote, said former chancellor Philip Hammond.

“The ex-cabinet minister said “the writing is on the wall” for the prime minister after 41 per cent of his own MPs voted to remove him – predicting his authority would “ebb away” over the next few months.”

UK economy ‘will grind to a halt’ and then shrink, BCC forecasts

“Britain’s economy will “grind to a halt” before shrinking in the second half of this year as soaring inflation and tax rises take their toll, according to forecasts from one of the UK’s leading business groups.

“Consumers and business will pay a high price for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and persistent delays to supplies from China, said the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) as it downgraded its outlook for growth next year to 0.6%.”

Sunak urged to cut taxes or raise spending as UK poised for weakest growth in developed world

“Rishi Sunak has been urged by one of the world’s leading economic authorities to cut taxes or raise spending in the face of looming stagnation next year.

“In its latest comprehensive forecasts for the world economy, the OECD – a club of developed nations – predicted that Britain’s economy will stagnate, with no gross domestic product expansion at all over 2023 – a worse outcome than for any other OECD member.

“It said the chancellor should “consider slowing fiscal consolidation to support growth”.”

‘Shocked’ asylum seeker who was told he’ll be sent to Rwanda vows to flee again

“An asylum seeker held in a detention centre has said he is ‘shocked’ after receiving a letter from the Home Office notifying him that he is being targeted for a one-way flight to Rwanda.

“Khaled, 20…  is also desperate to avoid removal, after leaving a city in south-west Syria to avoid military service.”

Priti Patel to criminalise ‘tunnelling’ by eco-campaigners in latest clampdown on protests

““Tunnelling” protests are to be made a criminal offence, under the latest move by Home Secretary Priti Patel to restrict people’s abilities to protest.

“Ms Patel is to bring forward an amendment to the Public Order Bill that will “make it a criminal offence to cause serious disruption by creating and occupying tunnels”, with a new maximum sentence of three years’ imprisonment and an unlimited fine.”

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