In the headlines
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has announced plans to freeze the BBC licence fee until 2024, and to scrap the payment entirely in 2028. It’s part of “Operation Red Meat”, a flurry of “populist announcements” to take the heat off Boris Johnson’s shaky position, says The Times. The PM is also putting the Royal Navy in charge of stopping migrants crossing the Channel. Two teenagers have been arrested in Manchester in connection with Saturday’s terrorist attack at a Texas synagogue. Malik Faisal Akram, from Blackburn, was killed during the 11-hour siege after he took several worshippers hostage. A man who joked on Facebook that “peas of all forms” should be outlawed and set on fire has been banned from the site for inciting violence, says The Sun. He’s appealing the decision.