Guardian Plain Packs Scoop Plain Wrong

“Government to legislate for plain cigarette packaging this year”, claimed Tuesday’s Guardian scoop. A “senior Whitehall source” vows “there will be legislation”, reported Patrick Wintour. All pretty certain then; no chance of having jumped the gun. Step forward David Cameron on Thursday: “The decision has not been taken”. Doh.




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Stephen Bush writing in the New Statesman‘s morning briefing…

“The terrifying truth is that the Opposition is too divided – within the parliamentary party, within the trades unions, within the Shadow Cabinet and even within the leader’s office – to be anything other than a veto player as far as Brexit goes, and the party’s whole gambit is really about trying to make that weakness look like a strength. Keir Starmer saying that Labour is “increasingly likely” to vote down the deal is simply a reflection of the fact that the one thing the Labour party will be able to agree on as far as Brexit goes is that Theresa May’s deal is no good.”

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