The Telegraph 2022 July 25 – July 31

July 25

Is it really the end of Boris Johnson? Not necessarily. The outgoing Prime Minister still has diehard fans and it seems clear his itch for being in power has not disappeared. Here, Associate Editor Christopher Hope runs through Johnson’s possible routes back to No 10.

The total number of patients in England waiting to start medical treatment now stands at an eye-popping 6.6 million – and with every target being missed, that number shows no signs of shrinking. We’ve crunched the numbers for you so you can check our interactive guide to see how your local NHS trust is performing.

Being overweight or obese is associated with a range of health problems in later life, and it matters where in your body you store fat. Health expert Leah Hardy explains which lumps and bumps you should be worrying about.

Ukraine’s answer to Lady Gaga and her billionaire husband may not be the likeliest of war heroes but, over the last few months, they have used whatever influence they have to help their home country. In this fascinating interview, Danny Wallace discovers how the Zahoors have been fighting Putin from their London mansion.
Moving house is a cripplingly expensive process and vast estate agent fees are often the final straw. So is it time to do away with the middle man altogether? Arabella Youens explains why it could be the end of high street realtors.

Turkey has long had a reputation for being the cheapest holiday destination. This year, however, another country has pipped it to the post. If you’re looking for a bargain last-minute summer holiday and don’t know where to begin, we’ve put together this useful guide.

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On 24 February, at about four in the morning, the Ukrainian actor and pop star Kamaliya Zahoor didn’t know if she was dreaming, or if the windows of her bedroom really were rattling.

She had been woken by an explosion. Another followed. The walls of her Kyiv mansion began to shake. Then the phone calls started.

Her friends were telling her the city was under attack. She hadn’t thought it was possible. It was supposed to be a bluff. Her husband had been right to play it safe. He’d flown away with their eight-year-old twins a couple of days earlier, just in case all their friends had been wrong to laugh at the idea of a Russian invasion.

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Kamaliya and Mohammad ZahoorUkraine’s Lady Gaga and her billionaire husband on fighting Putin from their Hampstead mansion.

July 26

How the Tory leadership debate played out as Liz Truss drops Boris Johnson bombshell

Liz Truss on Monday night suggested that the Conservative Party was wrong to oust Boris Johnson as leader.

During the first head-to-head debate between the two final leadership candidates in the race, Ms Truss and Rishi Sunak were questioned about the Prime Minister.

Asked what he would say about his decision to resign to those who voted for Mr Johnson, Mr Sunak said: “It wasn’t an easy decision. As prime minister I will always act on principle.”

July 27

Rishi Sunak would be a new Gordon Brown, claims Liz Truss
Rishi Sunak accused of ‘screeching U-turn’ on tax cuts

July 28

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, right, and Antonio Guterres, secretary-general of the UN, left at signing of the agreement to allow the safe transportation of grain from Ukraine.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, and Antonio Guterres, secretary-general of the UN, left at the signing of the agreement to allow the safe transportation of grain from Ukraine. Credit: Ozan Kose/AFP via Getty Images.

Awkward glances and palpable tension: what happened when Russia and Ukraine met to sign a deal

By Nataliya Vasilyeva,
RUSSIA CORRESPONDENT, ISTANBUL
Four Russian officers in short-sleeved summer uniforms and with closely cropped hair shuffled uncomfortably in their chairs and tried not to look at four other men – Ukrainians – sitting a few feet away.

 

All pretended they did not understand Russian when I approached to say “hi” and ask about Ukrainian grain shipments.

 

This is how mediation between Russia and Ukraine is unfolding on the ground after the warring countries agreed to a landmark deal to release grain exports and alleviate a looming global food crisis.

 

Several dozen ships and over 22 million tons of grain have been stuck in Ukraine’s ports for five months as Russian attacks made the passage south too unsafe and Ukrainians laid mines at the ports, fearing an imminent landing.

 

Amid the chaos, it has been Turkey, with its long-lasting ties to both countries, that has emerged as the sole power broker.

 

Five days after the deal was inked in Istanbul, I was one of a dozen reporters who descended on Turkey’s National Defence University, where the situation room for Russia, Ukrainian and Turkish officials monitoring shipments is housed.

 

After half an hour of Turkish tea drinking, we were ushered into a room with idyllic paintings on the wall showing the verdant hills of the Bosphorus – the route that the ships would take to pass from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean.

 

The tension was palpable.

 

Russian officers fidgeted in their chairs and looked down at their papers so they did not have to face the Ukrainians sitting at arm’s length from them.

 

After short remarks from the Turkish defence minister, the glum representatives were left only with reporters dividing them.

 

As a rare Russian speaker in the room, I approached Moscow’s officials to ask if they knew when the first shipment of grain was expected to sail off.

 

None of them even looked in my direction. When I told the officer right next to me that he could at least acknowledge my presence and say “hello”, he glanced up to reply: “Hi”.

 

We reporters eventually left, leaving the Russians and Ukrainians behind.

 

Behind closed doors, I assume they will eventually have to look each other in the eye to solve the crisis that threatens millions of people with famine.

 

But given the behaviour of those Russian officials, I fear Moscow may still be pretending it can’t hear the growing chorus of criticism.

Why it feels like the world is falling apart.From mass shootings and deadly wildfires to Russian tanks in Ukraine, 2022 seems to be facing a new level of turmoil. Here we unpack why it feels like the world could be falling apart.

Ukrainian soldiers check weapons and equipment before they return to fighting on the front line in Kherson. In Russian-occupied Kherson, a Ukrainian counteroffensive is looming. Victory would be a blow to the Kremlin, and show Kyiv’s allies that liberation is possible – but it won’t end the war.
Liz Truss‘Liz Truss is playing an absolute blinder.’ Tory Party members are now radical revolutionaries and Truss has realised this, argues Allister Heath
Fratelli d'Italia Leader Giorgia Meloni.Italian far-right leader Giorgia Meloni is a force to be reckoned with, and she knows it. Here we analyse how she rebranded herself from neo-fascist to Italy’s likely new prime minister.

Buenos AiresThe culture war over inclusive language could be spreading to South America. In Buenos Aires, an attempt to ban gender-neutral words in schools has come up against social activists.
The Buenos Aires authorities are being sued over their attempt to ban gender-neutral words in schools, in a sign that the culture war over inclusive language could be spreading to South America.

Argentinian city officials last month became among the first in the world to bar teachers from addressing students as “chic@s”, “chiqxs” or “chiques” – non-gendered words that were becoming increasingly common in place of the masculine “chicos” that is used for mixed-gender groups.

 

Peer claims Boris Johnson said he does not want to resign as Prime Minister

July 29

Opinion – Commonwealth Games opening ceremony review: Loud, ludicrous and a giant, puffing mechanical bull
Watch: Boris Johnson mocks Rishi Sunak over tax U-turn

July 30

It’s been a whirlwind of a week. Now is the perfect time to catch up on the stories that matter to you. Enjoy our carefully hand-picked articles, below.

 

Liz Truss plans Thatcherite shake-up of the Treasury

Liz Truss is drawing up Thatcherite plans to give Number 10 more control over the economy, The Telegraph understands.

The Tory leadership frontrunner has vowed to challenge Treasury orthodoxy and is understood to have identified a quartet of key allies expected to act as her economic team. Read the full story.

Lilia Valutyte, 9, stabbed to death while playing

A nine-year-old girl was stabbed to death as she played with her little sister in a street near their home in Boston.

Two people were arrested by Lincolnshire Police in connection with the death of the girl, named by police as Lilia Valutyte, within a few hours of her being killed. Read the full story.

July 31

Policy watch: Where Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak stand on the key issues

Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss continue their bid to be the next prime minister this week with two Conservative member hustings taking place in the North East and Cheltenham.

Ms Truss and Mr Sunak have committed to supporting people this winter through the cost-of-living crisis but have confirmed that no emergency budget will be put in place until the race for PM is over.

Liz Truss: No second Scottish independence referendum ‘on my watch’

Liz Truss has pledged that there will be no second referendum on Scottish independence “on my watch”, as she vowed to strengthen and defend the Union.

The Foreign Secretary told The Telegraph she would refuse to authorise a fresh poll if she wins the Conservative leadership contest. Read the full story.

Minister’s transgender clinic probe led to civil service ‘obstruction’

Civil servants obstructed attempts by a minister to get to the bottom of events at the Tavistock child gender identity clinic, it has been alleged.

Kemi Badenoch, former equalities minister, claimed that officials told her not to meet whistleblowers and child patients while undermining her enquiries with leaks. Read the full story.

White civil servants told Britain is racist in woke training video

A training video for civil servants at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, which is in charge of race relations, said white civil servants should be aware of their “privilege”.

It urges white people to become “allies” of ethnic minorities by standing up for them, telling officials: “When we become an ally, this primarily means acknowledging that we, ourselves, are part of a society, norm, culture or a system that is racist.”

And it said white allies should be a “supporter”, meaning they “listen and do not contradict” ethnic minority people.

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