Thursday briefing: Despair and blame over Channel’s death |


In the spotlight: Call for safe routes for those in need of protection

Hello, Warren Murray brings you the headlines for Thursday.

Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson exchanged blame after the deadliest incident in the Channel since the start of the current migrant crisis. At least 27 people died trying to reach the UK in an inflatable boat on Wednesday. The British Prime Minister renewed his appeals to France to accept joint police patrols along the Channel coasts. Macron, the French president, said Johnson should not politicize the flow of migrants.

Two survivors remain in intensive care while police have arrested four people suspected of being linked to the drownings. The French Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, compared the boat which sank to “a swimming pool that you blow up in your garden”. The French are due to hold an emergency meeting this morning and Macron called for more aid from the EU, saying: “France will not let the Channel become a graveyard.” Johnson said efforts by French authorities to patrol their beaches “have not been enough … what we want now is to do more together – and this is the offer we are making.” The French resisted offers from the UK to send police and border force agents to the sovereign territory of France.

Refugee charities have called on the government to save lives by opening safe routes for asylum seekers wishing to come to the UK. Enver Solomon of the Refugee Council said: “How many tragedies like this must we see before the government fundamentally changes its approach by committing to an ambitious expansion of safe roads for the men, women and children who in desperate need of protection?

Arbery murder trio all guilty – The three white men who pursued and killed Ahmaud Arbery were convicted of murder following his gunshot death in 2020 in southern Georgia. Travis McMichael, his father, Greg McMichael, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan sued the unarmed Arbery in February 2020, claiming without evidence he was involved in a series of neighborhood break-ins. They risk life imprisonment and will be sentenced at a later date. All of the men face separate federal hate crimes charges due for trial in February 2022.

‘Take the mick’ – Geoffrey Cox has once again appeared in his million dollar role as counsel for the British Virgin Islands (BVI) inquiry as the UK parliament sits. Cox joined the BVI’s investigation into corruption allegations for two hours as the House of Commons sat on Wednesday afternoon. Cox has already voted by proxy at least 12 times over four days while doing paid legal work. Angela Rayner, the Labor deputy leader, said Cox “was taking the mick” and called it a “test of leadership” for Boris Johnson: “The PM is letting him get away with it.” Cox has previously defended his work outside, saying that it is up to voters if they wish to be represented by a “distinguished professional” working in their field. Some cabinet ministers have lined up behind Johnson as Downing Street seeks to downplay the divisions between No.10 and the Treasury. In the Commons, Labor leader Keir Starmer slammed Johnson over the concern of Tory MPs, asking: ‘Who knows if he will make it in the next election?

“Concern and fear” – A student in England has accumulated a student loan debt of £ 189,700, official figures show. The Student Loan Company said the figure was “an exceptional case” and may have accrued on loans for several courses, according to a response to an access to information request. However, when FOI’s response was posted on Reddit, other graduates cited debts of around £ 100,000, including those who had gone to five years of medical school, postgraduate courses, or changed their position. course or institution. Debt skyrocketed after annual tuition fees tripled to £ 9,000 in 2012. Those who graduated in 2020 took on an average of £ 45,060 in loans, according to a report from the Higher Education Policy Institute, who warns that graduates’ “exhausting” debt is causing them “anxiety, pressure, worry and terror.”

Bulb’s Dark Strategy – The scheme to allow Bulb to continue supplying gas and electricity to its 1.7 million customers during the winter months could cost taxpayers up to £ 1.7 billion, according to a court application aimed at handing over the company to a special administrator. Officials are said to be focused on finding a quick exit strategy from the deal as signs of the supplier’s “unsustainable” business model become clearer. Bulb was founded in east London in 2015 by entrepreneurs Amit Gudka and Hayden Wood. An industry source pointed to Bulb’s habit of buying power from the market three months in advance as a big part of its downfall. Analysts said the company did not purchase its supplies wholesale enough in advance to protect itself from recent price hikes.

Ban on advertisements for teenagers in plastic surgery – Cosmetic surgery clinics will be banned from targeting advertisements for procedures such as breast augmentation, nose jobs and liposuction to people under 18 in Britain. New rules ban advertisements on all media – ranging from social media sites such as Facebook, TikTok and Instagram to billboards and posters, newspapers, magazines and radio as well as social influencer marketing – that are aimed at under the age of 18 or likely to have a particular appeal to this age group. The changes take effect from May and follow a consultation with the Committee for Advertising Practice (Cap), which drafts the codes that all UK advertisers must follow.

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Frankly, it could have gone on all night. Did we have to stop? Do we really need to end it? On a cold, calm night at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City produced a performance against PSG that was eerily hypnotic: a brilliantly fluid, delicately stitched and eerie smooth demonstration of how to win a game by simply splitting your opponent. Nothing can disrupt the Liverpool procession through a group of European heavyweights. Jürgen Klopp rested, revitalized and recovered players against Porto and was rewarded with a fifth consecutive victory that saw the club score the most points ever in the Champions League group stage. He couldn’t have wished for more.

Premier League clubs should pay a stamp duty type tax on every transfer fee to help support the English football pyramid, the government fan-led review said in one of the 47 recommendations to protect the future of football. England received an effective green light to host the 2025 Women’s Rugby World Cup while Australia received similar support to host the 2027 men’s tournament. The Rugby Football Union has unveiled the full financial impact of the pandemic. coronavirus, announcing a shortfall of £ 120million from previous forecasts. A survey of county board members undertaken by the Guardian found the majority had failed to meet the 30% gender representation target they pledged more than two years ago , and exposes the April 2022 deadline that England and The Wales Cricket Board are trying to impose on them as overkill.


UK manufacturers have struggled to meet the greatest demand for goods since records began in 1977, after severe supply constraints put a damper on production chains. The CBI said its monthly industry snapshot showed that increased demand was accompanied by increased inflationary pressure. The global supply chain crisis is also threatening rising food prices in the United States due to a nitrogen fertilizer shortage. The FTSE100 appears to be climbing 0.25% this morning and the pound has climbed to $ 1.334 and € 1.190.

The papers

Today, a full summary of the articles can be found here. The Guardian The headline on the front page, which was printed before the total death toll was reduced to 27, reads: “Tragedy at sea kills 31 on deadliest day in refugee crisis “. The Times says “Dozens of migrants drown in the tragedy of the Channel canoe” and presents a photograph of migrants preparing to launch a boat from France. The FT takes a similar angle to the Guardian noting the worst day so far in the migrant crisis.

Front page of The Guardian, November 25, 2021
Front page of The Guardian, November 25, 2021.

The Telegraph reports that Boris Johnson has told the French government it must “step up”. The Mail uses what he says are the Prime Minister’s words to the French President – “You let the gangs get away with murder” – under the slogan “Tragedy in the Channel”. The Express carries a slightly different interpretation of Johnson’s words with “PM: Smugglers Get Off With Murder.”

The from the sun The headline reads: “Ashamed” and asks “Now, will the leaders finally act? A French police vehicle is shown parked nearby as people pull an inflatable boat through the water. The Mirror has a close-up version of this scene, showing children loaded into a ship – not thought to be the same involved in the drownings. He says “a human tragedy” has been allowed to happen “under the noses of the French cops”. The I alludes to the broader causes, claiming that the boat people died “in search of a better life”, while the Metro shows the same scene as the Sun and asks “Why didn’t France stop them?”.


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