Economics & Politics: Vol 33, No 2 – Wiley Online Library

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N umber 10 has backed Kwasi Kwarteng in his row with the Treasury, after sources claimed the Business Secretary had exaggerated plans for emergency support for energy-dependent industries.  During yesterday’s interview round Mr Kwarteng said he was engaging with the Treasury over help for industries affected by the spike in energy prices. However soon afterwards a Treasury source told the media Kwarteng had “made things up”, and suggested it wasn’t the first time.  Downing Street declined to comment yesterday, but today the Prime Minister’s spokesman threw his weight behind the Business Secretary, confirming that work is ongoing to deliver industry support.   Asked how he would characterise the relationship between the two departments, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said they “continue to work very closely together, as the public would expect”. Asked if Mr Kwarteng was making things up, the spokesman replied: “I’m not getting into responding to anonymous source quotes. I can’t speak for the Treasury but I think they were referring to specific talks on a finance package. What is the case is that officials across government are engaged in this work.” Boris Johnson – who has received some criticism for going on holiday this week – is “closely involved”, his spokesman added.  T ensions appear to be building in Whitehall over the energy crisis, as the briefing war between Treasury and the Business Department rumbles on.  Downing Street has backed Kwasi Kwarteng, who has secured a long-term deal to ensure there is enough carbon dioxide – a key move to shore up meat processing, among others.  The Business Secretary is also said to have now submitted a formal request to the Treasury to unlock support for energy-dependent businesses struggling with the soaring prices. Labour is using the row to turn the screws on Rishi Sunak.  Boris Johnson is on holiday – which has attracted no small amount of criticism from some in industry as well as his political opponents – but No 10 insists he is still “in charge”.  Our readers were split on whether this week was the right time for the Prime Minister to get away, with 53 per cent saying the father-to-be should get a break while he can, while 47 per cent said the current crisis demands leadership.  Meanwhile, with Lord Frost giving a key speech on the Northern Ireland protocol tomorrow, there has been plenty of criticism from the EU.  A High Court ruling that the DUP’s boycott of north-south meetings is proof that the conditions to trigger Article 16 have been met, the party has said.  The unionist party made the statement in response to a High Court ruling that its decision to boycott north-south meetings in protest at the protocol was unlawful (see 3:08pm and 3:34pm for more). DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson announced last month that his party would disengage from North South Ministerial Council (NSMC) meetings as part of their campaign of opposition to the protocol. In response to the court ruling, a DUP spokesman said: “The High Court judgment is further proof that the conditions to trigger Article 16 have been met. “If an early resolution between the UK and EU cannot be achieved, we call upon the UK Government to invoke the terms of Article 16 to avoid a further deterioration in political and economic stability in Northern Ireland.” L abour’s Rachel Reeves has written to the Chancellor, saying he is “missing in action” and calling on him to support energy intensive industries as the crisis escalates. In a letter to Rishi Sunak the shadow chancellor asked what assessment he has made of the number of businesses in energy intensive industries that are at risk of collapse, or in need of support, and what long-term planning he has undertaken.  Ms Reeves said: “The Government should be protecting and supporting them through a crisis which has come about from their own lack of planning. “They have a duty to get an immediate grip on this situation, and businesses need reassurance that this is happening,” she added.  “It’s crucial to also see the Government out reassuring the public that they won’t be hit with more rising costs as millions are left with less money in their pockets. Not doing so is looking increasingly out of touch.” A senior Conservative MP has called for the Government to “overhaul” the energy price cap, so that consumers are no longer penalised for staying with a firm.  John Penrose, recently named the PM’s anti-corruption champion and husband to Baroness Harding, said he backed Kwasi Kwarteng, the Business Secretary, in wanting to keep the cap which protects individuals from price fluctuations.  But he added: “Reforming it will end the “loyalty penalty”, protect families from price spikes & make energy firms more resilient too.” N orthern Ireland’s First Minister has said the DUP will “read through the judgment” before responding fully, after a High Court judge ruled the party’s boycott of north-south meetings was unlawful.  Asked about the court ruling (see 3:08pm) during ministerial question time at Stormont, Paul Givan said: “Obviously, we will read through the judgment that has been passed in the courts. “Whenever it comes to the working of the north-south institutions my party has made clear we do wish to see all of the parts of the Belfast Agreement upheld, but they are inter-dependent, they are inter-linked and the east-west dimension has been trashed as a result of the protocol.” M ore than a third of fully vaccinated over-80s in England are likely to have received their Covid-19 booster jab, latest figures suggest. Of the nearly 2.7 million people aged 80 and over in England who have already received two doses of vaccine, around 923,000 are estimated to have had their booster dose – the equivalent of 34 per cent. The figures, from NHS England, also show that 18 per cent of double-jabbed people aged 75 to 79 are likely to have received a booster, along with eight per cent of those aged 70 to 74. This is the equivalent of just over six per cent of the double-jabbed population – around one in 16 – according to analysis by the PA news agency. G ritter lorries could be hit by a shortage of HGV drivers, councils have warned, putting motorists at risk of driving on dangerous icy roads this winter. Councils admitted that their difficulties retaining and recruiting bin lorry drivers could also affect gritters, while refuse collections have already been disrupted across several local authority areas in recent weeks. David Renard, transport spokesman for the Local Government Association which represents councils in England and Wales, said: ” Fast-inflating HGV driver salaries in the private sector risks exacerbating issues in the public sector, with the rises potentially creating a retention as well as a recruitment problem for councils and their contractors. “We want to work with Government to address these short-term staffing issues to ensure people across the country can continue to receive the services they rely upon.” T he DUP’s boycott of north-south meetings in protest at the Northern Ireland protocol is unlawful, a High Court judge has ruled. The case centred around DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson’s announcement last month that his party would disengage with the North South Ministerial Council (NSMC) meetings as part of their campaign of opposition to the protocol. Mr Justice Scoffield said: “The respondents’ decision to withdraw from the North South Ministerial Council was and is unlawful. It frustrates, is contrary to and is in breach of legal duties contained in part five of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.” He added: “The evidence clearly suggested that individual DUP ministers had neither been attending nor nominating another designated unionist minister to attend in their place…. It is difficult for the court to reach any other conclusion than that the respondents have consciously determined to act in contravention of the pledge of office and the ministerial code.” F our protesters have been evicted from a camp set up by environmental activists opposed to HS2. An eviction, which is expected to take weeks, began at Wendover Active Resistance (WAR) camp in Buckinghamshire on Sunday morning. A spokeswoman for the protesters, who have been digging an underground tunnel, said four people had been evicted so far, while a fifth person left voluntarily.  The activists said bailiffs face tunnels, tree houses, a cage, and a 15m high tower on the site. It is not known exactly how many protesters are still there, but they include Dan Hooper, 48, also known as “Swampy”, who was among climate change protesters who had charges against them dropped last week after they occupied tunnels near Euston Station. K wasi Kwarteng has agreed a long-term deal to keep a key supplier of carbon dioxide up and running – “without further taxpayer support”. The Government was forced to step in last month to keep plants operated by US-owned CF Fertilisers running. Under today’s agreement, the costs have been pushed back onto the industry.  “CO2 suppliers have agreed to pay CF Fertilisers a price for the CO2 it produces that will enable it to continue operating while global gas prices remain high, drawing on support from industry and delivering value for money for the taxpayer,” the Department for Business said.  “This price for CO2 reflects the vital importance of this material to everything from our nuclear industry to hospitals to the food and beverage industry.” Industry has come to an agreement to guarantee the supply of CO2 to business – without further taxpayer support This deal will protect critical sectors over the coming months – all possible thanks to our original, time-limited support for @cffertilisershttps://t.co/rrKchTkSCL T he Health Secretary and Education Secretary have penned a joint open letter urging parents to give consent for their children to get the Covid vaccine, amid concerns about low uptake within schools.  In the letter Sajid Javid and Nadhim Zahawi – recently promoted from his role as vaccines minister – say the jab is “our best defence” against Covid and stress that parents should rely on trusted sources of information rather than “fake stories on social media”.   The two ministers write: “We know that students have missed a lot of time in school and college since the pandemic started, and that there is no substitute for face-to-face learning. Keeping students in the classroom in the coming months is therefore a Government priority, both for their immediate and longer-term wellbeing. “We know that some of you will be concerned about the health risks to the young people you care for. We want to reassure you that the evidence shows that young people remain at very low risk of serious illness from Covid-19.” W ell you’ll never guess what Boris Johnson has gone and done now, writes Patrick O’Flynn. He’s only jetted off for a sunny break in Marbella while the rest of us shiver and jostle for petrol. The sheer effrontery of it. And it must have taken careful planning too, deliberately engineering a good time for himself and his family. He must have looked at the calendar well in advance and spotted a fallow week between the end of conference season and the resumption of Parliament and thought that would be a suitable moment for a holiday. And ok, not only is there no PMQs to prepare for, but he can be kept in touch with events by phone. Or email. Or text. Or WhatsApp. Or Zoom. Or whatever other encrypted communications set-ups are provided for prime ministers. T he chairman of the business, energy and industrial strategy (Beis) select committee has urged the Government to put in place a windfall tax on companies that are making big profits from the surge in gas prices. Labour MP Darren Jones told the BBC Radio 4’s World At One programme Rishi Sunak should be considering it as a way to offset potential support for “consumers and businesses in these difficult times”, noting “that has to come from somewhere”. He also hinted at further fractures between the Treasury and Beis, saying Kwasi Kwarteng had recently told the committee “they were looking at the concept of a windfall tax but it looks to me like the Treasury haven’t been bothered to do the maths and don’t want to get involved in this problem.” He added: “It’s their job to figure out how to raise revenue, how a windfall tax could work in practice, how much it can raise in order to be able to help British consumers and British industries and they need to stop bickering and briefing against their own ministers and do some work.” T he leader of the DUP has backed Lord Frost’s calls to end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice over Northern Ireland.  Challenged over why the ECJ was not referred to explicitly in his party’s seven tests for judging efforts to resolve issues with the protocol, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson insisted it fell within the demand to ‘give people in Northern Ireland a say in making the laws that govern them’. He told journalists: “It is not acceptable for Northern Ireland to have to accept laws and the jurisdiction of a court over which we have no control and in which we have no say. That is not the way forward. “We are very clear that the governance arrangements, how any future measures and arrangements that are agreed with the EU are taken forward, how they are governed is very important, because there is the potential for future divergence between the UK and the EU, and we don’t want Northern Ireland once again caught in the middle of all of that.” B oris Johnson has had another phone call with a world leader while on his holiday, this time with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman. “They agreed on the importance of G20 countries making substantive progress on climate change and reducing emissions ahead of the Cop26 summit in Glasgow next month,” a Downing Street spokesman said. “The Prime Minister hoped to see a net zero commitment and an ambitious nationally determined contribution from Saudi Arabia, noting the country’s recent leadership on addressing climate change.    “They also discussed the opportunities for further boosting trade and investment between the UK and Saudi Arabia, ahead of next week’s Global Investment Summit in London. The Prime Minister welcomed the recent launch of a consultation on a UK-Gulf Cooperation Council Free Trade Agreement.” D onald Trump may no longer be in the White House or on Twitter, but his influence on the Republican party shows no sign of waning. The barrage of messages to supporters endorsing candidates for the next mid-term elections is relentless as he tries to remake the GOP in his image. But it is not Democrats who are in his cross-hairs as the mid-term elections approach next year, but foes in the Republican party. The former president is throwing his weight behind candidates ready to challenge moderates in the party primaries – as he himself drops ever clearer hints that he is positioning to run again in 2024. Mr Trump’s hitlist of RINOs – Republicans In Name Only – is extensive. Read more here. A fifth of all critically ill Covid patients are unvaccinated pregnant women, new data reveal, with health bosses urging them to get their jabs. Between July 1 and Sep 30, 17 per cent of virus patients receiving treatment through a lung bypass machine were unvaccinated mothers-to-be, the figures show. NHS England said pregnant women accounted for 32 per cent of all females aged between 16 and 49 in intensive care on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation – used when a patient’s lungs are so damaged by Covid that a ventilator cannot maintain oxygen levels. This figure has risen from six per cent at the beginning of the pandemic last year. Carrie Johnson, who is expecting her second child with Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, has previously urged pregnant women to get the vaccine. A post-Brexit trade deal with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein could reduce costs for the fish processing industry and “ultimately for consumers”, a report by the House of Lords European Affairs Committee claims. The deal, which was signed in July, is more significant for Norway and Iceland than it is for London. However, as the UK is no longer part of the European Common Fisheries Policy (ECFP), it must deal directly with Norway and British fishing fleets have been eager to gain access to the country’s sub-Arctic seas. Ahead of full ratification, the House of Lords European Affairs Committee said it would cut tariffs on shrimp and prawns worth £1-2.7m a year., as well as reducing costs for the fish processing industry.  However the committee noted that the Scottish Government had not been consulted on the negotiation process, nor on the crucial detail relating to tariffs and access to the goods market. Peers also expressed surprise that no reference was made to Northern Ireland in any of the materials that the Government published alongside the agreement. D owning Street has said it is taking accusations of intellectual property theft and cyberattacks  “extremely seriously” following reports that that the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine’s design was used to create Russia’s Sputnik V jab. The Prime Minister’s official spokesman refused to comment on the specific claims that Russian intelligence agents had stolen the Oxford coronavirus vaccine design. But he said: “I’ve seen reports on this. We take any such accusations of intellectual property theft and cyberattacks extremely seriously, and we’ve called out attempts in the past. “As you would expect, I’m not going to comment on matters on the intelligence front.”  N o 10 said there were no plans to set out targets over the number of civil servants who should be working from their offices rather than from home. The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “We are seeing a steady return of civil servants to in-office working. That’s what we would expect not just in the civil service, but in the private sector as well, and that will continue.” Asked whether specific targets would be set, he said: “No plans for any targets, as you set out. “The Civil Service is following the guidance to gradually increase the number of staff in the workplace.” He said it was for individual departments to monitor how many civil servants returned to the office. B oris Johnson is “closely involved” in the discussions about how to support energy-intensive firms this winter, Downing Street has said.  The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said he did not want to “jump ahead” of energy discussions with businesses, but added: “I think what we’re saying is that we will continue to speak with industry. “And obviously that work’s being led by Kwasi Kwarteng to discuss the impacts they’re seeing and we will consider whether any further action is necessary to mitigate the challenges. “We recognise they are facing a particular challenge at this point and we’ll continue to discuss that with them.” C hanges to the Northern Ireland protocol are essential if the Withdrawal Agreement is to survive, Downing Street has said.  The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said the UK had signed up to the protocol in “good faith” but the way it was being operated by the EU was unsustainable. “Since then we have seen how the EU is inclined to operate the governance arrangements, issuing infraction proceeding against the UK at the first sign of disagreement,” the spokesman said. “These arrangements aren’t sustainable, we need to find a new way of resolving issues that arise between us using mechanisms normal in other international treaties. It is unheard of for bilateral agreements being policed by the courts of one of the parties.” N umber 10 has shied away from saying the European Court of Justice is s “deal breaker” when it comes to the Northern Ireland protocol.  Ahead of a crucial week for Brexit, Lord Frost has sparked concern among the EU by apparently imposing a new red line in demands to remove jurisdiction of the ECJ from any agreement on the protocol. Asked if this was a deal, breaker, the Prime Minister’s spokesman said: “Well, I wouldn’t use that term. “I have, I think, said before without new arrangements or governance that protocol will never have the support it needs to survive,” he added. “This is not a side issue, this is a fundamental issue which needs to be addressed if the protocol is to be put on a durable footing.” Asked if it was a red line, the spokesman replied: “I wouldn’t use that exact term but it is a central issue issue, it is core to what we think needs to be addressed.” B oris Johnson is “in charge”, Downing Street has said, amid criticism over the timing of the Prime Minister’s post-conference holiday.  His official spokesman highlighted the fact he had taken a call from Indian prime minister Narendra Modi (see 9:56am) and was being updated on the work to address supply chain problems. “The Prime Minister continues to be in charge as is always the case. The Prime Minister has taken calls with leaders already and there will be others to follow,” the spokesman said. “The Prime Minister has been kept regularly updated on the ongoing work to address the current issues around fuel and supply chains.  He is in regular contact with ministers and No 10. He is also continuing to take calls particularly in the run-up to Cop26.” The spokesman refused to be drawn on reports that Mr Johnson was staying at the Marbella villa of Environment Minister Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park, or to say whether he had paid for the holiday himself.  B oris Johnson is coming under fire for going on holiday this week, in the midst of the ongoing energy crisis.  Gareth Stace, the director general of UK Steel, told LBC radio that now was “not the time” for Mr Johnson to be on holiday. Labour’s Bridget Phillipson, a shadow Treasury minister, said the Government has “put its out of office on” and accused the Prime Minister of “incompetence” – although one of her colleagues suggested it made little difference where he was (see 9:01am). But Damian Hinds, the security minister, said it was “good for the whole country” for the PM to have some “downtime” (see 8am). So is it right that Mr Johnson get away this week – or should he be leading from the front in Downing Street? Have your say in the poll below.  B russels has said it will block efforts by the UK to reduce the role of its top court, saying Northern Ireland would be cut off from Europe as a result.  In a key speech to diplomats in Lisbon tomorrow, Lord Frost will say that the role of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) “has created a deep imbalance in the way the protocol operates” and must be removed. A Commission spokesman told reporters: “Our focus should be on those issues that matter the most to the people of Northern Ireland and not on requests such as removing the role of the ECJ.  “Doing this would effectively mean cutting Northern Ireland off from the EU’s single market and related opportunities.”  B oris Johnson has been told to “bang ministerial heads together” to resolve the energy crisis and stop factories having to cease production, after a row broke out between two critical departments. Kwasi Kwarteng, the Business Secretary, was accused of making misleading claims about Treasury plans to offer an energy bailout to factories struggling with soaring costs. The fallout emerged as the Prime Minister began a holiday with his wife, Carrie, and son, Wilfred, in Spain. “This is a critical time. The Business Secretary has also said it’s a critical situation, and therefore why is the Government just sitting on its hands and doing absolutely nothing at the moment? “From my point of view, today, with the reported government infighting between the Treasury and Beis, the Prime Minister now needs to bang ministerial heads together, take control and remember that if he does nothing, then his levelling-up ambition will be left in tatters.” T he Government should “shield” the steel industry from soaring energy costs in the short-term, or risk “a bigger bill for the taxpayer”, a trade body has said.  Gareth Stace, the director general of UK Steel, told Sky News that longer term the industry was not seeking subsidies, but an end to the “policy costs” to cover the transition towards renewables which have been “piled on… and makes us uncompetitive”.  But he acknowledged that in the immediate future, the industry needed the Government to “temporarily shield us” from wholesale price rises “by providing us with certain amount of capacity at a competitive price”.  Mr Stace added: “The Government making sure that it helps us in short term, keeps 31,000 people in the steel industry, in those well paid jobs – otherwise how many will go and cause a bigger bill for the taxpayer?” The industry did not “have the luxury” of waiting months, he added, saying a solution must be brought forward in the next few weeks.  T he Government should not “sit on its hands and offer no help” to the steel industry amid surging energy costs, a trade body has said.  “We hear these reports of a spat between the Business Department and the Treasury, ” said Gareth Stace, the director general of UK Steel. “We want the Prime Minister to bang ministerial heads together, step into this and direct action himself to address the exorbitant gas and electricity prices. “If he doesn’t step in this… ambition of levelling up will be in tatters,” he added.  “We pay our workers 45 per cent more than the average wage in those regions. The steel industry is already delivering that high wage levelling up agenda. So come on Prime Minister, step in directly address this issue yourself.” T he Government has been accused of throwing a “dead cat” on the negotiating table because the EU was about to “call their bluff” by tabling proposals that would resolve the Northern Ireland protocol.  Declan Kearney, a Sinn Fein junior minister at Stormont, told BBC Radio Ulster that “the goalposts continuously seem to change from the perspective of David Frost’s negotiation strategy and I think now that we’re seeing the goalposts shift once more”.  He added: “This may well be a negotiation tactic. We’re now approaching the point where hopefully all of these issues can be successfully covered off and we can in fact see all the difficulties with the protocol eliminated and David Frost is simply trying to up the ante and bring some more heat into the talks process that will follow publication of the European Union proposals. “However, there is another scenario,” he added, suggesting the UK Government was “running scared” from a solution that would “bring certainty, simplicity and stability for our business sector… Hence, the dead cat of the European Court of Justice being thrown onto the table.” B oris Johnson’s new supply chains tzar has shrugged off suggestions the country is heading for a bleak winter as he vows to “see what we can find”. Downing Street announced last week that Sir David Lewis, former chief executive of Tesco whose ruthless approach to fixing troubled companies has earned him the nickname “Drastic Dave”, would join the Cabinet Office on a temporary basis, charged with shoring up the country’s logistics into the new year.  Asked about the challenge facing him, the retail chief told journalists: “It’s my first day in the office, so let me go and look.” Asked if he thought the country was facing a “bleak winter”, he replied: “I don’t think so but let me go and see what we can find.” S ome of the UK’s chemical manufacturers could have to ‘pause or shut’ production later this month, if the Government does not take action to support firms with the soaring cost of energy, a trade body has warned.  Stephen Elliott, chief executive of the Chemical Industries Association, who met ministers during last week’s crunch meeting, told BBC News that while none of his members were “teetering on the brink” currently, the clock was ticking.  “If I leave this another three weeks, I can’t guarantee that chemical businesses will not be pausing or shutting production temporarily,” he said.   “As I sit here no, there are no chemical businesses, beyond the fertiliser plant that we’ve already referrenced, that are pausing or shutting production. But, as I said on Friday, I cannot guarantee that that will remain the case over the coming week or so.” T he Warm Home Discount should be doubled to £240 this winter to help poorer people affected by soaring energy bills, the Liberal Democrat leader has said. Sir Ed Davey told BBC Good Morning Scotland  the UK Government had failed to prepare for the crisis, with a lack of investment to insulate homes.  “At the moment, Warm Home Discount is paid for by other bill payers but I think the taxpayer needs to pay for this in the short term because we’ve got a crisis here, and people are going to have to choose between eating or heating because the heating bills are going to rocket,” he added.   “Given the Government has cut Universal Credit by £20 a week saving £6 billion pounds – I wish they hadn’t done that – but because they’ve done that, here’s something that they could do which would be a lot cheaper but would actually be really effective, given heating bills are going to hit so many families.”   A few hours after being discharged from hospital following lung surgery in January 2018, James Brokenshire MP posted a smiling photograph of himself on social media, with his thumbs up to the camera. “One hard step done, but now the steady recovery and recuperation ahead,” he wrote on Twitter. The operation, which removed part of his right lung, was deemed a success. Within a month, the former Northern Ireland Secretary was back in the House of Commons, where fellow parliamentarians stopped to hug him in the hallways – a sign of his popularity among colleagues. But, tragically, his illness returned. Lung cancer usually does not cause noticeable symptoms until it has already spread to other parts of the body, meaning it has a poor outlook compared to other cancers. Only about one in 20 patients survives for 10 years after their initial diagnosis. N orthern Ireland is a complicated place. It is no embarrassment if you do not understand the intricacies of its history, its peace process, and its politics, writes Nick Timothy After all, many of the interlocutors involved in fixing the Northern Ireland Protocol – from the EU negotiators to the Democrats in the White House – do not either. The problem before us dates back to the Brexit negotiations. With the United Kingdom declaring its intent to leave the single market and customs union, there needed to be a border separating it from the European Union. For mainland Britain this was mostly uncontentious. But in Northern Ireland, with its land border with the Republic and fragile peace between nationalists and unionists, the EU saw an opportunity to force the UK to stay in its regulatory orbit, or, in the words of one negotiator, lose the province as “the price to pay for Brexit”. O ne of the Conservative party’s leading “Red Wall” MPs says she is bisexual but had not wanted to say so earlier as it is no “big deal”. Dehenna Davison, elected as MP for Bishop Auckland in 2019 as she won the seat from Labour for the first time since its creation in 1885, is thought to be the first female Tory MP to come out as bisexual. In a wide-ranging interview to be broadcast on GB News on Monday, the rising Conservative Party star, says:  “If anyone were to explicitly ask me, I certainly wouldn’t try and hide it because I don’t think it’s anything to be ashamed of. The reason I haven’t done a kind of, ‘by the way, guys’ is because I don’t want being bi to be considered a big deal. ” B oris Johnson might be on holiday, but that hasn’t stopped him speaking to Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, this morning.  Number 10 issued a statement revealing the call as the Prime Minister faces criticism for going abroad as the energy crisis builds.  “They discussed the strength of the UK-India relationship and welcomed the progress made on the 2030 Roadmap since it was agreed by the Prime Minister and Prime Minister Modi in May,” a Downing Street spokesman said. The pair discussed trade, defence and climate change ahead of next months’ Cop26 summit, as well as the “shared fight against coronavirus and the importance of cautiously opening up international travel”. T he Treasury’s denial of any bailout for factories grappling with soaring energy costs is “very alarming”, a trade body has said.  Dave Dalton, chief executive at British Glass, said a meeting with the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Beis) on Friday had started the process of asking for support. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, : “It seemed to prick the ears of the Secretary of State to asking a civil servant to work with us quickly and closely to build an ask to go to Treasury. “We didn’t get to specifics, the meeting was very much an introductory one, and we had rather hoped over the weekend and today that that dialogue would be extended. “It’s very alarming to hear the Treasury are making denials over the approach, let alone anything else. We need immediate action.” Labour’s Bridget Phillipson, a shadow Treasury minister, said the Government has “put its out of office on” and accused the Prime Minister of “incompetence” – although one of her colleagues suggested it made little difference where he was (see 9:01am). But Damian Hinds, the security minister, said it was “good for the whole country” for the PM to have some “downtime” (see 8am). S imon Coveney has questioned the UK Government’s motives in talks about the Northern Ireland protocol, saying people are asking if ministers are seeking “a continuing source of tension between the UK and the EU”. Ireland’s foreign affairs minister said: “I’ve spoken to many Unionists and I’ve spoken to many business people in Northern Ireland, and none of them are raising the issue of the ECJ jurisdiction in terms of the interpretation of the EU single market on the implementation of the protocol. “They are raising practical issues around freedom to trade without checks between Great Britain and Northern Ireland,” he added. “The European Commission is trying to solve those issues as much as they can within the confines of the protocol. “The British Government seems to be shifting the playing field now away from solving those issues, which they presume they have compromised on, and now opening up this red-line issue of the jurisdiction of the ECJ.” T he UK Government is dismissing EU solutions to the Northern Ireland protocol before they are even published, Ireland’s foreign minister has said.  Ahead of a speech Lord Frost is to give on Tuesday, in which he say removing the role of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Northern Ireland a red-line issue, Simon Coveney suggested the UK was being deliberately obstructive. “Each time that the European Union comes forward with new ideas and new proposals to try and solve problems, they are dismissed before they are released, and that’s happening again this week,” Mr Coveney said. It was “more serious” this time because Maros Sefcovic had spent “weeks, if not months” readying a set of proposals to break the sausage war deadlock.   I reland’s foreign affairs minister has hit out at Lord Frost for having criticised him for raising Brexit issues on social media. The pair were embroiled in an online spat this weekend – ahead of a key week for the Northern Ireland protocol – with the Brexit minister posting a series of late-night tweets about the UK’s stance, saying that he preferred “not to do negotiations by twitter, but since Simon Coveney has begun the process”.  This morning Mr Coveney said: “David Frost accuses me of raising issues on social media. It’s a bit rich, quite frankly, because he is briefing British media effectively to say ‘Well, the EU can make the changes that they need to make, but actually it’s not enough, we want more’ and now it’s the ECJ is the main issue.” He added: “This is being seen across the EU as the same pattern over and over again – the EU tries to solve problems, the UK dismisses the solutions before they’re even published and asks for more.” 1. I prefer not to do negotiations by twitter, but since @simoncoveney has begun the process… …the issue of governance & the CJEU is not new. We set out our concerns three months ago in our 21 July Command Paper. The problem is that too few people seem to have listened. https://t.co/Y7DDdgu0pC W elsh nightclubs and large events will require a Covid pass from today- but Mark Drakeford, the First Minister, has conceded that the system is “vulnerable to abuse”. As well as showing their vaccine status for these settings, people will also be able to show they have had a negative lateral flow test result within the last 48 hours. But Mr Drakeford acknowledged there was a “vulnerability in the system” in which people could falsify lateral flow test results.   “We have created a specific offence which will mean that if someone deliberately falsifies the result of a lateral flow test they will be breaching the law in Wales,” he told Good Morning Britain.  “I’m quite sure that the huge bulk of people who are attending a rugby match or visiting a nightclub will use the lateral flow devices…. not to get round the rules, but to make sure they’re keeping themselves safe from this dreadful disease.” A Labour MP has said things are “just as chaotic” whether Boris Johnson is on holiday or not.  Pat McFadden, a shadow Treasury minister, told Sky News: “I honestly don’t care where he is. What I want is grip from the Government. “Whether he’s in Spain, whether he is in the UK, it seems just as chaotic when the Prime Minister is here. “So, frankly, I’m not concerned whether he’s on holiday or not. What I want is grip from the Government, and we haven’t got that at the moment.” T he average GP is now working a three-day week following a “significant” drop in working hours, government research shows. The research, commissioned by the Department of Health, is from before the Covid pandemic – during which concerns have grown that it is getting harder to see a GP.  There are particular tensions over access to face-to-face appointments, with Boris Johnson intervening last month to say every patient has the right to see a GP in person. T he briefing row between the Treasury and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is “extraordinary”, a Labour frontbencher said.  Pat McFadden, a shadow Treasury minister, told Sky News: “We’ve got jobs crises facing a number of energy-intensive industries like steel, ceramics, papermaking and so on. They’re asking the Government for help. “Instead of their concerns being addressed, what we’ve got is this unseemly squabble between the Treasury and the Business Department.” L abour has attacked the Government for being too distracted by internal “squabbles” over the energy crisis to get the country out of “this mess”.  Ed Miliband, shadow business secretary, said: “Yet again we see that in the face of their failed energy policy, the Government has nothing to offer businesses or consumers to help them with the crisis they are facing. For firms and families waiting to hear how the Business Secretary might help, there is a total absence of a plan and no extra help. “The Government is squabbling amongst itself, with the Treasury even denying they are talking to BEIS about providing help for large, energy intensive industries. “It is becoming clearer by the day that the Government that got us into this mess because of a decade of inaction is now paralysed by the scale of the crisis and cannot get us out of it. All the while, it is businesses and families who are paying the price of government denial, failure and an appalling refusal to understand what our country is facing.” T he police feel “more let down than anybody” about the murder of Sarah Everard, the security minister has said.  Damian Hinds told Times Radio: “I think everybody is shaken by this terrible case. It is also really important to take a moment once again to pay tribute to all the men and women who serve in our policing service who feel more let down than anybody by this terrible sequence of events. “They put themselves in danger day after day and in protection of the rest of us and they deserve our support. It is actually more important even for them than for anyone else that this inquiry gets to the bottom of this.” T he security minister has refused to confirm whether Russia has stolen the blueprint for the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid vaccine. Damian Hinds told LBC: “We live in world, I am afraid, where there is state activity seeking to engage in industrial espionage and economic espionage, there are cyber attacks that happen and so on. “I won’t comment on the specific case that you mention because that wouldn’t be right to do in detail, but it would be fair to say, correct to say, that we face threats of this type that are different, they are more sophisticated, they are more extensive than they ever have been before. “The face of espionage, the face of spying, is very different from when you and I were growing up and we need to constantly upgrade our capability. These are very serious matters.” I ntroducing plans to  shift green surcharges from household electricity bills on to gas bills during the current energy crisis would be “unfortunate” timing, the chief executive of the Chemical Industries Association has said.  The plans — to be announced next month — form part of the Government’s efforts to nudge consumers towards lower-carbon alternatives and meet its net zero target by 2050.  But Stephen Elliott, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The timing would be unfortunate… I just don’t think that is a helpful intervention now.” Mr Elliott said he had been “reassured” by comments from Kwasi Kwarteng, the Business Secretary, that it “was not something that would be happening in the short-term”, urging the rest of Government to follow suit.  “We have a short term requirement to solve this issue to get us through this winter and a bit beyond,” he added.   T here is “no cap” to the surging cost of energy, with prices “continuing to rise on an almost weekly basis”, the head of one of the UK’s largest glass manufacturers has said.  Adrian Curry, managing director of Encirc – who was one of the Energy Intensive Users Group that met with Government on Friday, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme price rises were “quite incredible”, and were being passed onto brands, retailers and consumers.  But he warned, “without intervention it is going to be extremely difficult for a lot of companies and it is going to really affect supply chains”, with several companies already “on the brink” or having to stop production because it’s no longer economically viable.  T he energy price cap is “not fit” for the current crisis and the Government must do more to protect vulnerable people, the head of a fuel poverty charity has said.  Adam Scorer, chief executive of National Energy Action,  told LBC the price cap and other mechanisms were intended “for a well-functioning, competitive, energy market”. But he added: “They’re not fit for the challenge of the cost-of-living crisis that we face at the moment. “What we need to see, in the short term is the Government, through the Treasury, stepping in at the Budget and saying, ‘we will take measures to put some more cash, either in the pockets of the most financially vulnerable households, or find some rebates to reduce the exposure of the prices’.” He added that in the long term, the industry needed to see action from the Government to prevent homes from continuing to lose heat. T he UK’s promised £54m pot of money to help support France’s immigration controls will be transferred “in the coming weeks”, a minister has said.  Paris accused the UK Government of not paying the “one penny” of the agreed money to prevent migrants and asylum-seekers from crossing the Channel this weekend. The deal was struck in July to help increase police patrols of French beaches, deploy surveillance technology and improve security at key border crossings. Damian Hinds, the security and borders minister, told Sky News “this remains the arrangement” and stressed the delay was simply because of “administrative arrangements to work through”.  He added: “It will happen in the coming weeks… These things will be worked out.” “The work we do in partnership with the French authorities is incredibly important and we would like it to be more successful still, because there are still too many people attempting that life-threatening journey.” J ersey’s lights will “stay on”, a minister has said, despite threats from France to cut the island’s energy supply amid the ongoing row over French fishing licences.  Clément Beaune, France’s EU affairs minister, said last week that action would be decided on within days and discussions were already in motion. But Damian Hinds, the security and borders minister, said: “France and ourselves are some of the strongest allies in the world. I have absolute confidence in our relationship, the strength and depth of our relationship with France.” B oris Johnson’s decision to take a holiday now is good “for the whole country”, a minister has said, despite criticism about the timing.  The Prime Minister has travelled to Marbella with his wife and son, as the energy crisis continues to unfold.  Asked by Sky News if now was the right time, Damian Hinds replied: “When is the right time? I think it is important that people do have an opportunity to be with their families to have some relaxing, unwinding, “But I wouldn’t want to overstate the amount of unwinding and relaxing you get to do as Prime Minister because as I say you are constantly in touch, you are constantly being briefed and you remain in charge of the Government.” The security minister added: “What is important for the rest of us actually, for the whole country, is that the Prime Minister does get to have some family time, does get to have a break.” A minister has insisted there will be no return to a three or four day week, after steel manufacturers and other factories said they were already having to pause production because of the energy crisis. Following a series of meetings with officials and ministers last week, UK Steel boss Gareth Stace told the BBC: “We’re pausing production already in terms of some steel producers in the UK…. and it’s going to happen more often unless something is done, or the energy market corrects itself and I don’t think that will happen any time soon.” Damian Hinds, the security minister, said these warnings were “of concern”, but tried to downplay suggestions the UK could return to a Winter of Discontent-type situation.  “We live in a country where the Government doesn’t set the pattern of the working week,” he told Sky News. “Thank God we have moved past the 1970s.” A minister has been forced to defend his colleague from accusations that he was lying about government plans to offer an energy bailout to struggling factories. Asked if Kwasi Kwarteng was “telling porkies” about the support, Damian Hinds, the new security minister, told Sky News “of course not”. He tried to play down the briefing as having come from “one of those unnamed sources” and stressed that both sides were in discussion about the situation and had been for some time. “Government departments and ministers talk to each other all the time,” he added. “Of course that is something the Business Secretary – and Energy Secretary – is totally focused on. “The Treasury is also very focused on the economic management of the situation.”  T he Treasury has accused Kwasi Kwarteng, the Business Secretary, of making misleading claims about government plans to offer an energy bailout to struggling factories. The row was sparked when Mr Kwarteng said he was in talks about support for businesses making products including steel, glass, ceramics and paper – only for Treasury aides to insist there were no discussions. The latest row involving Mr Kwarteng comes days after he was criticised by fellow Cabinet ministers for failing to act more quickly to tackle petrol shortages. 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