Experience live music on Garuda flights

JAKARTA (AFP) – Indonesian national flag carrier Garuda is taking music to the skies with a series of live acoustic concerts on domestic flights, the airline said.

Passengers will be serenaded at 35,000 ft in a scheme aimed at wooing millennials “who want a different flight experience”, airline spokesman M. Ikhsan Rosan told AFP.

The carrier held its first in-flight concert on Wednesday, when two musicians performed for a captive audience aboard a flight between the capital, Jakarta, and the holiday island of Bali.

Garuda said sets would last 10 to 15 minutes on select flights, and there would be a focus on promoting upcoming talent.

While it may prove an unforgettable flying experience for some, it may not be everyone’s idea of a good time.

In 2017, US airline Southwest introduced live shows on some flights to a mixed reaction from passengers.

Some travellers said they preferred minimum human interaction while flying and said music would distract them from sleeping or reading.

Indonesia is one of the world’s fastest-growing aviation markets, but it has come under fresh scrutiny since a fatal Lion Air crash in October last year that killed all 189 people on board.

Garuda said it had embarked on extensive consultation to ensure the concerts posed no threat to safety or security.

“If there is the potential of turbulence, the singer will be directed back to sit in his chair,” Rosan said.

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Donors pay debts of jailed Aboriginal women

Campaigners in Australia have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help free Aboriginal women jailed for being unable to pay fines.

Western Australia is the nation’s only state that regularly jails people for unpaid fines, often on minor crimes.

Experts note the law disproportionately affects indigenous Australians, as well as poor and vulnerable people.

The state government says it plans reforms this year that will make it harder for people to be jailed.

In the meantime, campaigners have begun fundraising to pay for fines incurred by Aboriginal women, raising almost A$200,000 (£110,000; $143,000) since Saturday.

A government report in 2016 noted that Aboriginal women were the most likely to be imprisoned for unpaid fines, due to high levels of disadvantage.

“These are cases of very poor Aboriginal women, mothers living on the streets, in shelters,” said Debby Kilroy, from advocacy group Sisters Inside.

“They live below the poverty line so they can’t afford to pay off a fine.”

Ms Kilroy said they had helped free one woman on Wednesday who had been serving a 12-day jail stint because she could not pay A$2,300 in vehicle-related fines. The woman had previously been living in her car, the campaigner said.

How many people are affected?

Across all demographics, fewer than 10 people per month on average last year were jailed solely for unpaid fines in Western Australia, according to the state’s Department of Justice.

That is a significant drop from 2010-2015, when more than 800 people were imprisoned each year, according to the independent Human Rights Law Centre.

The reductions followed a backlash over the death of a 22-year-old Aboriginal woman in 2014, who had been placed in custody over an unpaid fine.

However, Ms Kilroy asserted that she was aware of 2,400 current outstanding warrants for unpaid fines across the state.

What is the campaign’s aim?

It is hoping to help clear the debts of at least 100 Aboriginal women who are either in jail, or facing incarceration due to such warrants.

The group has already settled three warrants this week using the donations.

“It has raised my hope in humanity in terms of people caring about Aboriginal women, who are the most marginalised in our country,” Ms Kilroy told the BBC.

What do authorities say?

The state government, elected in 2017, has said that by July it will change the law to allow only a magistrate to order jail time for unpaid fines. Currently, warrants can be issued by a fine enforcement agency.

The proposed change would ensure that imprisonment for unpaid fines “is truly a last resort”, said a spokesman for state Attorney-General John Quigley.

“This is something the government is committed to addressing effectively,” the spokesman said.

Last year, the Australian government’s annual report card on reducing indigenous disadvantage found improvement in only three of seven key benchmarks.

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Air travel fears mount as U.S. government shutdown drags on

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. airport security workers and air traffic controllers working without pay warned that security and safety could be compromised if a government shutdown continues beyond Friday, when some workers will miss their first paychecks.

On the 19th day of a partial government shutdown caused by a dispute over funding President Donald Trump wants for a border wall, the president stormed out of talks with Democratic congressional leaders, complaining the meeting was “a total waste of time.”

As the effects of the shutdown began to ripple out, the Trump administration insisted that air travel staffing was adequate and travelers had not faced unusual delays.

But union officials said some Transport Security Administration (TSA) officers, who carry out security screening in airports, had already quit because of the shutdown and others were considering quitting.

“The loss of (TSA) officers, while we’re already shorthanded, will create a massive security risk for American travelers since we don’t have enough trainees in the pipeline or the ability to process new hires,” American Federation of Government Employees TSA Council President Hydrick Thomas said. “If this keeps up there are problems that will arise – least of which would be increased wait times for travelers.”

Aviation unions, airport and airline officials and lawmakers will hold a rally on Thursday outside Congress urging an end to the shutdown.

TSA spokesman Michael Bilello said the organization was hiring officers and working on contingency plans in case the shutdown lasted beyond Friday, when officers would miss their first paycheck since the shutdown began on Dec. 22.

“There has been no degradation in security effectiveness and average wait times are well within TSA standards,” he said.

He added that there had been no spike in employees quitting and that on Tuesday 5 percent of officers took unscheduled leave, up just slightly from 3.9 percent the same day last year. It screened 1.73 million passengers and 99.9 percent of passengers waited less than 30 minutes, the TSA said.

But U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House Homeland Security committee, questioned how long adequate staffing at airports could continue.

“TSA officers are among the lowest paid federal employees, with many living paycheck-to-paycheck,” Thompson wrote. “It is only reasonable to expect officer call outs and resignations to increase the longer the shutdown lasts, since no employee can be expected to work indefinitely without pay.”

Airports Council International-North America, which represents U.S. airports, urged Trump and congressional leaders in a letter to quickly reopen the government.

“TSA staffing shortages brought on by this shutdown are likely to further increase checkpoint wait times and may even lead to the complete closure of some checkpoints,” the group said.

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) noted that the number of controllers was already at a 30-year low, with 18 percent of controllers eligible to retire.

If a significant number of controllers missed work, the Federal Aviation Administration could be forced to extend the amount of time between takeoffs and landings, which could delay travel, it said.

NATCA President Paul Rinaldi said controllers often must work overtime and six-day weeks at short-staffed locations. “If the staffing shortage gets worse, we will see reduced capacity in the National Airspace System, meaning more flight delays,” Rinaldi said.

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Joshua Tree National Park will stay open after all, officials say

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Joshua Tree National Park will stay open during the partial U.S. government shutdown, officials said on Wednesday, reversing an announcement earlier this week that the famed desert preserve in California would close because of sanitation issues and damage.

The National Park Service (NPS) said in a statement they had determined that funds generated by recreation fees could be used to pay maintenance crews so that Joshua Tree could remain open.

“The park will also bring on additional staff to ensure the protection of park resources and mitigate some of the damage that has occurred during the lapse of appropriations,” the statement said.

U.S. national parks have not been given a blanket order to close during the budget showdown between President Donald Trump and Democrats in the House of Representatives, now in its 19th day, that has hit a broad swath of the U.S. government.

Some parks have been closed to the public due to a lack of staffing, while others have kept gates open but were not providing any staff or services.

Operations and access to northern parks, such as Yosemite and Yellowstone, are typically scaled back during winter because of snow.

Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah said on Twitter this week its visitor center would remain open until Jan. 10 due to a donation from a non-profit group.

Yosemite National Park also said earlier this week the John Muir and Mist Trails to Vernal and Nevada Falls, as well as Tuolumne and Merced Groves, would be closed from Jan. 5 for “safety and human waste reasons.”

Joshua Tree, named after the spiky yucca plants that grow across its desert expanse, had remained open, with many visitors taking advantage of the unstaffed entrance to skip the usual $30 fee.

In announcing on Tuesday that it would close, the NPS cited sanitation issues and said motorists were also caught driving off roads, destroying trees and other park features.

The news angered conservationists and others, who took to social media to express disgust that visitors would damage the park.

Trump has vowed to keep the government partially closed until Congress approves funding for an expanded barrier along the U.S. border with Mexico.

The president walked out of talks with Democratic congressional leaders on Wednesday over funding for the border wall and said on Twitter the White House meeting had been a “a total waste of time.”

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Carlos Ghosn comes down with fever in jail, halting interrogation

TOKYO (BLOOMBERG, REUTERS) – After spending more than a month in a prison room in Tokyo, Carlos Ghosn has developed a fever, prompting the Japanese authorities to stop interrogating the former Nissan Motor Co chairman.

A doctor is attending to the 64-year-old, who is tired from the long detention and interrogations, said his lawyer Motonari Otsuru. Ghosn has been locked up in a small Tokyo jail cell with a toilet and wash basin since his shock arrest Nov 19.

On Wednesday (Jan 9), Ghosn lost an appeal against his ongoing detention, diminishing the prospects of an early release on bail. His current detention term is scheduled to end on Friday. Prosecutors have the right to appeal to a court to extend the detention.

Ghosn’s former aide and Nissan director Greg Kelly – arrested the same day as the auto industry icon – was released from jail last month and taken to a hospital afterwards, Kyodo News reported earlier.

Japanese prosecutors plan to indict Ghosn on two more charges of financial misconduct on Friday, a person with knowledge of the issue said, bringing the total number to three.

Ghosn is likely to be formally charged with aggravated breach of trust for temporarily transferring personal investment losses to Nissan in 2008, as well as for understating his compensation for three years through 2018.

The charges add to an earlier charge of under-reporting his income by around half over the five years through March 2015.

At a court appearance this week, Ghosn said all accusations against him were “meritless” and “unsubstantiated”.

Nissan also faces an indictment over the latest compensation reporting issue, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue.

The Nikkei daily earlier reported that prosecutors planned to charge Ghosn for aggravated breach of trust on Friday. It also reported, citing unidentified investigation sources, that Ghosn had discussed the possibility of extending a three billion yen (S$37.5 million) loan to a business run by a Saudi acquaintance who later provided collateral for a personal investment.

Both the Tokyo Prosecutors Office and Nissan declined to comment on the issues when contacted by Reuters.

Ghosn has said that he has been “unfairly detained” but the Tokyo District Court earlier this week rejected an appeal by his lawyers to end his detention.

It is uncommon for defendants in Japan who deny charges to be granted bail ahead of trial, a practice that has drawn widespread criticism, including from Ghosn’s defence team.

A member of Ghosn’s Japan-based legal team told Reuters that they would apply for bail after Ghosn’s current detention period ends on Friday, but that his release would come next Tuesday at the earliest, should the court accept the application.

Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Mr Otsuru said he expected prosecutors to take at least six months to prepare for trial.

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Man Is Charged With Sending Suspicious Packages to Consulates in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia — A 48-year-old man was charged on Thursday with mailing suspicious packages to foreign consulates in Australian cities this week, which the authorities said may have contained an unspecified hazardous material.

The man, Savas Avan, was arrested on Wednesday night at his home in the city of Shepparton, about 120 miles north of Melbourne, the police said. He appeared Thursday morning before the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court, where he was charged with sending dangerous articles to be carried by a postal service.

The authorities did not offer a motive for Mr. Avan’s alleged actions. If convicted, he could be sentenced to 10 years in prison.

In total, 38 suspicious packages were delivered to consulates and embassies this week in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra, the capital, including those of New Zealand and the United States. The police have not said what the packages contained, but Australian news reports said some of them included messages suggesting that they contained asbestos.

The Australian authorities did not say which countries’ facilities received the packages, but footage broadcast on Wednesday showed emergency responders outside consulates of India, Germany, Italy, Spain and South Korea. Some consulates and embassies were evacuated.

The United States Embassy confirmed that it had handled a suspicious package on Wednesday “according to our standard procedures and in close coordination with local authorities.”

On Thursday, federal and state police confirmed that the intended recipients had been identified and that 29 of the 38 packages had been recovered. Forensic testing was being carried out to determine “the exact composition of the material” while investigators worked to recover the remaining packages, the police said in a joint statement.

“There is no ongoing threat to the general public,” the statement read.

The Melbourne court ordered Mr. Avan held until March 4, the date of his next hearing. He did not apply to be released on bail.

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Proof needed in WSJ claims about China-1MDB deal: Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government needs to get its hands on documents cited by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) which linked China to state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Thursday (Jan 10) that the documents were needed before the claim could be accepted.

He said until then, no action could be taken.

“We need to find the documents to be used as proof that this actually happened.”

“At the moment, this is just a story in the press,” he said when asked about the Journal’s report which was published on Monday.

The report claimed that senior Chinese leaders offered in 2016 to help bail out 1MDB, which was at the centre of a swelling, multi-billion-dollar graft scandal. The report cited minutes from a series of previously undisclosed meetings.

Chinese officials told visiting Malaysians that China would use its influence to try to get the United States and other countries to drop their probes of allegations that allies of then Prime Minister Najib Razak and others plundered the fund, the report said.

The Chinese also offered to bug the homes and offices of Journal reporters in Hong Kong who were investigating the fund, to learn who was leaking information to them, according to the minutes.

In return, Malaysia offered lucrative stakes in railway and pipeline projects for China’s One Belt, One Road programme of building infrastructure abroad.

Within months, Najib – who has denied any wrongdoing in the 1MDB matter – signed US$34 billion (S$46 billion) of rail, pipeline and other deals with Chinese state companies, to be funded by Chinese banks and built by Chinese workers.

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) had said US$4.5 billion was misappropriated from 1MDB by top Malaysian officials and their associates. The financier in the case, Jho Low, also known as Low Taek Jho, was charged in federal court in New York late last year in connection with the theft and money laundering.

Najib and the Chinese embassy in Malaysia have dismissed the Journal’s allegations as “groundless” while Low claimed the report is “a continuation of a trial by media” led by Tun Mahathir.

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Opinion | Greece’s Great Hemorrhaging

ATHENS — Greece’s government, a coalition of a radical left-wing movement and a nationalist right-wing party in power since 2015, celebrated the end of the country’s third bailout agreement last August as a “return to normalcy.” Our European Union partners and creditors, who disbursed 288.7 billion euros in loans over the previous years, also rushed to declare victory in the crisis that began in 2010.

Everyone wants to see an end to the Greek crisis — not least the Greek people, who have been exhausted by the long and deep recession, by the continued austerity and reforms whose benefits they have not seen.

But Greece is a long way from “normalcy.” Much has been done to make the economy viable, but the country needs an explosion of confidence and business activity: Recovery would take major new investments, political stability and further reforms to the public administration. But not only is the public debt greater than it was in 2009; citizens’ incomes have been slashed, their assets devalued, their property lost, their debts multiplied.

National elections must be held by the fall. Polls show the center-right opposition New Democracy party leading Syriza, the ruling coalition’s senior partner, in a contest that is already worsening the polarization of our politics. The government, which was always halfhearted about austerity and reforms, promises handouts; the opposition vows to overturn policies and decisions with which it disagrees.

In the most dramatic show of no-confidence, more than 700,000 people are estimated to have left Greece since 2010, seeking opportunities abroad. Deaths outnumber births as people have fewer children or do not dare have any at all. Recent research suggests that at current rates, Greece’s population, which was around 10.9 million in 2015, could drop by between 800,000 and 2.5 million people by 2050. The work force is currently about 4.7 million. A smaller working population will have to support a growing number of pensioners, with lower growth and lower revenues having to cover higher social security costs.

The crisis has hurt businesses. A decrease in domestic demand, tight credit conditions, capital controls, political uncertainty and relocating abroad caused small- and medium-size enterprises to halve their production. Such businesses are the lifeblood of the economy, generating a quarter of G.D.P. and covering 76 percent of the country’s employment.

With a slight return to growth in 2017, businesses began to recover. In the first six months of 2018, the 153 companies listed on the Athens Stock Exchange were reporting pretax profits of 957 million euros, the ICAP consulting firm reported. When placed next to the public debt, however, these figures indicate the challenge that the Greeks face in coming years.

In 2009, public debt came to 299.7 billion euros, or 130 percent of G.D.P. Greece has since borrowed 288.7 billion euros from the European Union member states and institutions, and from the International Monetary Fund. Also, in 2012, some 107 billion euros of debt were written down. And yet, the public debt in 2018 was 357.25 billion euros — higher than the numbers that Greece could not cope with in the first place.

Some indicators suggest that Greece is on the right track. Unemployment is down to 18.3 percent, from a peak of 27.9 percent in 2013. In 2018, the primary surplus is estimated to have exceeded the target set by creditors for a third consecutive year. But this comes at a high cost: delayed payments by the state to individuals and companies, as well as further cuts in funding to social security, hospitals and other services.

The squeeze will continue for decades, as Greece is committed to an annual surplus of 3.5 percent through 2022 and will be under strict supervision until it repays its loans by 2060, according to its commitments. This problem is compounded by the enormous growth of private debt. Nearly half the total loans owed to the country’s four main banks, or about 86 billion euros, are delinquent or close to it. This prevents them from injecting cash into the economy. Companies that try to borrow abroad face high interest rates.

Some 4.2 million people are in arrears to the state, with delinquent tax debts of around 103 billion euros. Authorities have confiscated salaries, pensions and assets of more than one million people. Overdue debts to social security funds are currently at 34.4 billion euros.

With high taxes and with nearly half of the new jobs being lowly paid part-time or shift work, these debts are likely to grow. More people are now classified as being at risk of poverty or social exclusion (34.8 percent of the population in 2017) than at the beginning of the crisis (27.7 percent).

The poor have become poorer while the middle class has struggled under a growing burden. Taxes on property jumped to 3.7 billion euros in 2017, from around 600 million euros before the crisis. Some 19 percent of taxpayers account for 90 percent of income tax revenues, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has acknowledged. Property values reflect the higher taxes and lower rents, with apartments losing an average of 41 percent in value between 2007 and 2017, according to the Bank of Greece.

The need to pay taxes and meet other obligations has seen private deposits in Greek banks drop to 131.385 billion euros last November, from 237.8 billion in 2009. Many people have been forced to sell gold heirlooms and other valuables to survive. Pawnbrokers and gold buyers have done a roaring trade across the country, melting jewelry and other items into gold bars.

The police recently arrested scores of people suspected of smuggling gold to Turkey. The daily turnover averaged 400,000 euros — the equivalent of about 11 kilograms of gold each day. The bust was a dud: It turned out that the dealers did not need permits to export to Turkey. The investigation, however, shed light on one of the less visible, personal costs of the crisis.

But nowhere is the hemorrhaging of Greece more severe than in the departure of young people. Greece has seen mass emigration in the past, as poverty, war, dictatorships and lack of prospects drove mostly unskilled people to seek their fortunes in America, Australia, Europe and Africa. This time, though, most of those leaving are depriving the country of their skills and of its investment. Some 92 percent are university or technical college graduates, with 64 percent of the total holding postgraduate degrees, including doctorates, the ICAP consultancy found in a survey of 1,068 Greeks in 61 countries. Some 18,000 medical doctors have left during the crisis; each had cost the state 85,000 euros to train, according to the Athens Medical Association.

The paradox is that Greece trains professionals at great cost but cannot offer them the stability and opportunities they need in order to employ them here. This benefits recipient countries and hinders growth in Greece, when companies cannot find employees with the skills they need. Also, when younger people stay out of the work force, they do not gain from the experience of their elders, leading to further loss of skills and lower productivity.

In May, elections across the European Union will determine not only the European Parliament’s membership but also who gets to run its executive body, the European Commission. And a new president will be selected for the European Central Bank.

In an increasingly unstable world, no one wants the Greek crisis on the agenda. But the country’s struggle is far from over. Recovery depends on the Greeks’ own efforts and on the support of a European Union that is determined to succeed rather than concede to division. This year will show which way Greece and the European Union as a whole are headed.

Nikos Konstandaras is a columnist at the Greek newspaper Kathimerini and a contributing opinion writer.

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Penang hot air balloon runs out of steam, lands on road during event to promote balloon rides

NIBONG TEBAL (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – A hot air balloon with 10 passengers was spotted making an unscheduled landing on a road near Padang Jawi in Penang at about 9.30am on Thursday (Jan 10).

It was part of a media flight to promote the Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, which would be held on Feb 8, 9 and 10 at Padang Polo, George Town.

All the passengers of the hot air balloon landed safely.

Myballoon adventure director Izzati Khairudin said the hot air balloon was one of three that took off from Padang Jawi, Nibong Tebal, to promote the commercial balloon rides on offer to the public during the Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.

“One hot air balloon, piloted by Captain Jonas Van Doorsselaere made a landing on Jalan Persekutuan, Nibong Tebal.

“The balloon chase crew were able to temporarily halt traffic on the road to enable the balloon to make a safe landing.

“All passengers on board as well as civilians in the surrounding area were unharmed and traffic resumed promptly as soon as the balloon was packed.

“Captain Van Doorsselaere is an experienced pilot with 17 years of flying record,” she said in a statement.

She added that hot air balloon navigation was dependent on wind direction at different altitudes.

“As such, hot air balloons are able to end their flight by landing anywhere with secure ample space, unlike aircraft such as planes or helicopters which require specific runways or landing pads.

“For today’s flight, the landing was deemed appropriate and followed all the standard procedures,” she said.

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Why John Bercow’s Brexit amendment ruling was so controversial

 John Bercow sparked furious Commons scenes as MPs argued over the potential process of how to bring forward a Brexit plan B.

The Commons Speaker faced a backlash from Conservative MPs after selecting a proposal from Tory former minister Dominic Grieve, which attempts to speed up the process for the Government to reveal what it will do next if Theresa May’s deal is rejected.

Mr Grieve’s amendment was tabled against a Government motion detailing the timetable for the Brexit deal debate, which Tory MPs argued was "unamendable".

But Mr Bercow stood by his decision to allow a vote on the amendment – which was ultimately approved by 308 votes to 297, majority 11 – amid personal criticism and calls for him to go from Tory MPs during more than 60 minutes of points of order.

The furore over the Speaker’s decision to allow a vote on a Brexit amendment leads many of the front pages on Thursday.

Here are the key questions after a dramatic day in Westminster.

What happened?

Mr Bercow selected a proposal from former minister Dominic Grieve, which attempts to speed up the process for the Government to reveal what it will do next if Theresa May’s deal is rejected.

What did the amendment say?

Mr Grieve’s amendment was tabled against a Government motion detailing the timetable for the Brexit deal debate.

It said the Government should return with a revised EU exit plan within three sitting days if the Prime Minister’s deal is defeated next week.

MPs heard the original process outlined in the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, which requires a statement within 21 days, takes precedence.

How did the vote go?

Mr Bercow allowed a vote on the amendment which was ultimately approved by 308 votes to 297, majority 11.

What was the problem?

Ministers argued that the Government-tabled motion was not amendable and so Mr Grieve’s amendment should not have been tabled for a vote.

The original business motion was put "forthwith", which was previously taken to mean that it should be dealt with without a debate or chance of amendment.

The Speaker, who presides over the House of Commons, makes decisions based on the rules of the House and can be advised by Parliamentary Clerks.

What did Mr Bercow say?

Following criticism from the Conservative benches, he said "I’m trying to do the right thing and make the right judgments. That is what I have tried to do and what I will go on doing."

During various points of order, he said he allowed the amendment to be voted on "not because I am setting myself up against the Government, but because I am championing the rights of the House of Commons".

What have critics of Mr Bercow said?

Crispin Blunt was among those to question the Speaker’s lack of bias, saying many will have the "unshakeable conviction that the referee is no longer neutral".

The Leader of the House Andrea Leadsom said there were "some concerns" about his decision and asked him to confirm it was taken with "full advice" from the Commons clerk Sir David Natzler.

Mr Bercow said he had consulted privately with the clerk and other officials, but did not confirm his decision was taken with agreement from Sir David.

What do the Thursday papers say?

From "out of order!" to "Speaker of the Devil", many papers have levelled criticism at Mr Bercow.

The Daily Mail has called him an "egotistical preening popinjay (who) has shamelessly put his anti-Brexit bias before the national interest – and is a disgrace to his office", while the Daily Express accused Mr Bercow of "flouting rules to thwart Brexit".

The Daily Telegraph accuses Mr Bercow of "ignoring legal advice and parliamentary precedent" but the paper’s leader says it may turn out to be a positive move, writing: "Even if he has done it for the wrong reasons, the decision to bring matters to a head is arguably the correct one."

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