Wipe right – The Treasury wiped all data from more than 100 government-issued mobile phones last year because their users entered the wrong pin. The lost messages include those sent by Tom Scholar, the department’s permanent secretary, which MPs have said should be released. The civil servant was asked this year to reveal messages he exchanged with David Cameron about the former prime minister’s lobbying for Greensill Capital. Scholar told MPs the texts had been wiped.
Cuba protests – Thousands of Cubans have taken to the streets of the capital, Havana, and other cities in protest at food shortages and high prices amid the coronavirus crisis. In one of the biggest anti-government demonstrations in recent years, the marchers disrupted traffic in the city and some later clashed with police. One said: “We are fed up with the queues, the shortages.”
Party of property – The Conservative party has an “unhealthy financial reliance” on property developers, according to a report by Transparency International. It says more than a fifth of all donations to the party over the past decade came from the residential property sector, creating a “a real risk of aggregative corruption”.
Getting away from it all in the Lake District. Photograph: James Forrest
Summer escape – What better places to get away from it all and forget about the football than north Wales and Cumbria. They have been named as the nation’s top holiday destinations this year, eclipsing the seaside charms of Devon and Cornwall for the first time, according to a survey. It also finds that the average Briton will take two domestic holidays this year as uncertainty over foreign travel lingers.
Today in Focus podcast: the lost souls of the pandemic
Hannah’s brother Paul dropped out of contact almost a decade ago. She never stopped thinking about him – and, as it did for many others, the pandemic led her to try to find him again. Anushka Asthanaspeaks to Hannah about her search for Paul, and how she has reflected on the history of their relationship in the urgent new light of a global health crisis.
Lunchtime read: Gina Yashere: ‘This is who I am’
Photograph: Bethany Mollenkof/The Guardian
As standup comic Gina Yashere publishes a new memoir, she tells Simon Hattenstone about her battle for recognition in the UK, coming out, and moving across the Atlantic and making it big. “This is who I am, take me or leave me, I don’t give a shit,” she says. “And my comedy got way better after that.”
England lost the second Twenty20 in dramatic fashion, collapsing from 106 for two to 140 for eight to fall nine runs short of the target set for them by India. The British & Irish Lions have swapped the harsh landscape of the highveld for the spectacular Western Cape, but on this tour that simply means staring at a different hotel-room wall. The latest Covid-19 news from the South Africa camp, where their World Cup-winning captain, Siya Kolisi, is among a fresh clutch of players to have tested positive, is a reminder that the resumption of normal service remains a distant dream.
Britain’s richest 10% have gained an average of £50,000, dwarfing increases for the poorest third of the population, and widening the country’s wealth gap. The Resolution Foundation thinktank says wealth has increased during lockdown as a result of a lack of spending opportunities and rising house prices, but the benefits had been skewed to the richest by a ratio of more than 500 to 1. The FTSE100 is set to be a bit deflated this morning while the pound is on $1.389 and €1.170.
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The Guardian’s poster-style front page features a picture of Gareth Southgate consoling Bukayo Saka after his penalty miss ended England’s Euro2020 dream. “So close” reads the headline, while the Telegraph has a similar picture and the headline “The ultimate agony … penalties heartbreak again”. The Mirror and i both go with a simple “Heartbreak”, while the Mail has “It all ends in tears”. The Times headline says “Penalty curse denies England their dream” while the Express and Sun both emphasise the positive with, respectively, “It hurts … but we’re so proud of you” and Pride of lions”. The Scotsman splashes with “Aviation bosses issue plea for quarantine-free travel” and the FT has “Brussels targets aviation fuel tax in drive to cut carbon emissions”.
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