Memo to the candidates: Brexit plans needed now – EXPRESS COMMENT

One of the two remaining candidates, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, will preside over the delivery of Brexit by Halloween this year. Johnson has said he'll contemplate a no-deal Brexit while Hunt would apparently allow an extension.

But whatever their differences, we now need to have from each candidate detailed plans of how he will bring Brexit back on track – starting now.

The months leading up to October 31 will speed by and there's no time to lose.

End care report scandal

One can call it nothing less than scandalous that the Government's green paper on social care in England has been so delayed. It promised the paper back in 2017 and to date it has been postponed at least six times.

The Department of Health still will not say if it is going to be published this year.

Excuses have been made: the wrong time in the political cycle, the lack of cross-government support.

But most likely, it's that none of the recommendations – which range from a more generous means-test to an insurance and contribution model to a Care ISA – are vote winners.

The subject cannot, however, be ignored for ever.

Spending on adult social care by English local councils fell by five percent in real terms between 2009/10 and 2017/18 and as we report today, one estimate suggests that more than 64,000 applicants for social care funding have died since the paper was first mooted two years ago.

As Theresa May found out with her U-turn on the so-called "dementia tax" in 2017, social care is indeed a political hot potato.

But the bold politician who gets it right could be a long-term winner - and these issues need to be urgently addressed by everyone. Bring the report out of the long grass now.

Sunny smiles ahead

The holiday season and the weather often seem out of sync.

And sure enough, as the days begin to shorten following Midsummer's Day, thunder is expected in many parts of the UK.

But anyone who has booked time off later in the week will be in luck, as soaring temperatures are expected.

Batten down the hatches then break out the deckchairs? How terribly British.

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