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Top story: ‘Noticeable change in political rhetoric’

Morning everyone. I’m Martin Farrer and those are the best stories today.

NHS staff across the UK are facing a “growing number of abuses”, including assault from patients, which they say is due to frustration at long waiting times for care. Six medical bodies and staff groups have written a letter to ministers blaming patients’ ever-increasing delays in receiving treatment on many years of consecutive governments that have invested in the NHS and not fixed serious labor shortages. They urge ministers to be “honest and transparent” about the intense strain on the NHS following an increase in threats and assaults on frontline staff. It comes amid a growing belief that ministers’ verbal attacks on GPs and “failing” hospitals are part of a strategy to blame the NHS for its many problems. A senior medical chief told the Guardian that there was a “noticeable change in political rhetoric away from thanking and supporting the NHS to demand that it now provide recovery services”. Separately, Dr. explains. Katherine Henderson, a senior A&E consultant in London, struggles to deal with “very angry” patients.

Flight bans are urged – Domestic flights should be banned and long-distance train fares subsidized if a similar train journey takes less than five hours. The campaign for better transport has also called on ministers to resist calls for any reduction in air passenger taxes and called for the introduction of mandatory emission labels on tickets and a frequent flyer tax. The demands come as Rishi Sunak is under pressure to reduce taxes on domestic flights, but such a move in his October 27 budget could prove embarrassing a week before Britain hosts the Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow. And leading business leaders have warned political leaders that they must do more to prevent the destruction of nature as they prepare for a biodiversity summit in China next year.

Help for ‘saving’ – Sunak is set to save billions of pounds by counting as financial aid to poor countries as a result of a storm Britain has received from the International Monetary Fund. The UK received $ 27.4 billion. (£ 20bn) as its share of an allocation of IMF special drawing rights (SDRs) – financial assets designed to help poor countries struggling during the pandemic – months after the government decided to cut aid spending from 0.7% to 0.5% of national income. The move was criticized by former Conservative development secretaries.

The Giuffre survey fell – Metropolitan police are not taking further action following a report requested by Virginia Giuffre, who is taking legal action against Prince Andrew. Met officers decided to drop their investigation after reviewing several documents, including one concerning an ongoing U.S. civil case against Giuffre, alleging that she was forced to have sex with the prince when she was 17 years old. The 61-year-old royal denies the allegations.

Coronavirus – One in six patients requiring the NHS ‘highest form of life-saving care is unvaccinated pregnant women with Covid, new figures reveal. Health officials hope the release of the data will persuade more pregnant women to be fully vaccinated. However, the anti-wax sentiment was highlighted after the home of BBC presenter Jeremy Vine was targeted at anti-vaccine activists in protest of vaccine reporting. In Australia, people in New South Wales are enjoying renewed freedoms like going to the pub today after the state’s 107-day lockdown was eased.

A child plays with Lego
Photo: James Veysey / Rex / Shutterstock

Lego Reconstruction – Lego has announced that it will work to remove gender stereotypes from its toys after the company found attitudes to play and future careers remain unequal and restrictive. Researchers found that although girls became more confident and eager to participate in a wide range of activities, the same was not the case for boys. Of the boys surveyed, 71% feared that they would be made fun of if they played with what they described as “girls’ toys” – a fear their parents shared. Parents still encouraged sons to engage in sports or tribal activities, while daughters were offered dancing, dressing, or baking.

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Lunch Time Read: Alan Ruck on Success and Succession

Alan Ruck
Talking booze and bouncing back: Alan Ruck. Photo: Philip Cheung / The Guardian

After a decade-long decline following his turn in Ferris Buellers Day Off, Alan Ruck’s career is roaring back with the role of Connor Roy in Succession. He tells Hadley Freeman about his success in the ’80s, his “attitude problems” and his enthusiasm for the new series of the family saga.


Ben Stokes has been told to pick up the phone when he feels ready to return after Chris Silverwood, England’s head coach, named his strongest Ashes squad without any players withdrawing due to travel concerns. In a race that could not have been a more straightforward pole-to-flag victory for his team-mate Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton became angry and frustrated with his Mercedes team as vital World Championship points slipped out of his grasp at the Turkish Grand Prix . Andy Murray showed he is not ready to surrender to the sport’s next generation after battling past Carlos Alcaraz in the second round of the BNP Paribas Masters in Indian Wells. Katie McCabe delivered yet another stunning performance to help Arsenal extend their perfect Women’s Super League start with a 3-0 win over Everton, while France won the Nations League final in Milan after Kylian Mbappé scored the decisive goal in their 2-1 victory over Spain. Tyson Fury’s tears of relief after Saturday night’s heartbreaking victory over Deontay Wilder showed just as far that he had been pushed, writes Donald McRae. And Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan completed 5,000 running season passes in his career as he guided the Falcons to a 27-20 victory over the New York Jets in London.


The Ministry of Finance has reprimanded Kwasi Kwarteng after he suggested consulting Rishi Sunak on support for companies struggling with rising energy prices. Financial sources denied that the department had yet received proposals or even had discussions about support for ailing key industries, despite allegations from the business secretary to TV stations on Sunday morning. The FTSE100 is set to fall slightly this morning, while the pound is at $ 1,365 and € 1,179.

The papers

That Guardian leader with “NHS waiting lists triggers” tides with abuse “against staff” and there is also a health splash in Mail – “Just one GP for every 2000 patients”. That Gange goes with the energy crisis – “Ministers clash for help to factories” – and so does it Telegraph with “Treasury strikes Kwarteng down in energy row”, and I with “Gas price collision over rescue for factories”.

Guardian front page, Monday, October 11, 2021
The front page of The Guardian, Monday, October 11, 2021

That Express has “Strong warning: get used to higher food bills” and Mirror leader on the news of Boris Johnson’s holiday in Marbella: “Only here for peers”. That Sun celebrates Tyson Fury’s heavyweight boxing victory with “Ty am the greatest”. That Scots reports “Shock over number of sex complaints against police” and Record has “Anti waxers ambush OAP”.

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