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23 Aug 2011 08:57:56

Newslinks for Tuesday 23rd August 2011

7.15pm ToryDiary: For the end-August ConservativeHome grassroots survey, any questions for you?

7pm WATCH: NATO on Libya: "We will carry on with our mission"

4.15pm LISTEN: Greg Clark MP: All current environmental protections are contained in the new planning framework

3.30pm On Comment, James Clappison MP responds to comments on his previous article: "I still believe that withdrawal of benefits would be a deterrent, but the question is; is that deterrent effect important enough to outweigh the other problems which arise with such a step?"

Andrewmitchell 3pm ToryDiary: Highlights of Andrew Mitchell on the Today programme discussing Libya

1pm WATCH: Nick Clegg: "It is only a matter of time" before Gaddafi is defeated and Libya is free

12.45pm LeftWatch: The next Scottish Labour leader... Tom Harris MP?

Noon ConHomeUSA: Today's American political news

11.45am Parliament: E-petition launched to review the smoking ban - and the 10 most popular e-petitions so far

Saif Gaddafi 10.45am WATCH: Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam, who was rumoured to be captured, makes a defiant appearance in Tripoli

ToryDiary: Today's newspapers offer warm endorsements for Britain's part in the Libyan intervention

Tobias Ellwood MP on Comment: Libya - avoiding the mistakes of Afghanistan and Iraq

Also on Comment, Quentin Langley: National opinion polls can't be trusted to predict election results

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WATCH: Obama on Libya: "It's not over yet"

Cameron and Obama: Gadaffi must "relinquish power once and for all"

Cameron & Obama "In a telephone conversation on Monday night the UK and US leaders agreed the crisis had "reached a tipping point". They also reaffirmed the need for a peaceful transition of power in the country, a White House statement said. ... The prime minister also discussed plans for the UN Security Council to help Libya's National Transitional Council with "diplomatic, legal and financial support" in the coming weeks and months." - BBC

> Yesterday on ToryDiary: The mission isn't accomplished but the overnight news from Libya is a big vindication for Cameron

Britain and France battle to secure credit for fall of Gaddafi regime - The Times (£)

Cameron Sarkozy"President Sarkozy sought to outflank his British counterparts by inviting Mustafa Abdul Jalil, the head of the rebel leadership to Paris, as well as proposing a meeting of the contact group that co-ordinated the conflict, putting France at the centre of efforts to welcome in the new era for the wartorn African country. Hours later, Mr Cameron suggested in a statement that an early meeting of the Contact Group, involving foreign ministers from the United States, Britain, Arab States such as Qatar, the Arab League and the United Nations, was his idea."

  • Cameron looks to release cash for Libya rebels, but steers clear of triumphalism - Guardian
  • Huge poster in Benghazi square thanks the "Fantastic 4" - including Obama, Sarkozy and Cameron - Huffington Post

> WATCH: David Cameron makes a statement on Libya and the situation in Tripoli

British troops may act as peacekeepers if Libya descends into chaos

Cameron-and-troops"Hundreds of British soldiers could be sent to Libya to serve as peacekeepers if the country descends into chaos, Downing Street indicated last night. Number 10 repeatedly refused to rule out deploying ground troops to the war zone to prevent anarchy after Colonel Gaddafi is toppled. A spokesman insisted a deployment remained ‘unlikely’ at this stage" - Daily Mail

  • SAS in hunt for beaten Gaddafi - The Sun
  • Rebels and British diplomats had planned for Gaddafi collapse - The Times (£)
  • Secret role played by Britain creating path to the fall of Tripoli - Daily Telegraph

> WATCH: Liam Fox: NATO can be "very proud" of the role it has played in Libya

MoD to buy 14 new Chinook helicopters in £1bn deal - BBC

> WATCH: Liam Fox announces £1billion investment in 14 new Chinook helicopters

Theresa May and Iain Duncan Smith "clash" over plans to tackle gangs

DUNCAN SMITH AT CSJ"...Mr Duncan Smith, who spent months in opposition working on problems of social exclusion, has long-term plans to set gang members back on the straight and narrow. He wants to introduce an anti-gangs strategy modelled on those tried out in Boston, Massachusetts, and in Strathclyde, both of which were highly praised by David Cameron. But his ambitious proposals are not popular with the police, who face drastic cuts to their budgets and object to the potential cost. Theresa May, who is involved in introducing directly elected police commissioners and changes to police pay, is anxious to avoid another source of friction with chief constables." - The Independent

> From yesterday - Danny Kruger on ThinkTankCentral: 65% of boys with a convicted parent go on to become criminals. We need to change that.

Lord Heseltine: We’ll only mend society from the bottom up

HESELTINE MICHAEL "A society based on families and parental authority has strength. Parents should encourage their children, provide discipline, instil shared values, live within the law, respect the police and expect them to enforce the laws that protect the quiet enjoyment of life and keep the streets safe. Of course this idyllic world has its blemishes: things go wrong, parents fail and children disappoint. Nonetheless the language of repair, of restitution, of putting right the broken society resonates. But is this the society where hooligans run riot? I think not." - Michael Heseltine, in the Times (£)

> From yesterday - Martin Sewell on Comment: This is Polly Toynbee's Generation

Youth workers in David Cameron's constituency to go on strike The Independent

Cameron rules out Bombardier rethink

"Prime Minister David Cameron has personally ruled out any rethink of the £1.4bn Thameslink deal which Derby-based Bombardier lost to a German firm. The Derby trainmaker is planning to cut almost half its 3,000 workforce after missing out on the contract." - BBC

  • Cameron writes in a letter to Derby North MP, Chris Williamson: "I am afraid that neither I nor the Secretary of State for Transport can ... justify stopping the procurement process to reinvite tenders. This would cause very substantial delays to the programme and moreover, would not help Bombardier which, even if it were successful at retender, would still not have the work for several more years." - Guardian

> Yesterday on Seats and candidates: Poll boosts Labour hopes of ousting Heather Wheeler MP on back of Siemens trains deal

Greg Clark criticises National Trust over planning reform FT (£)

  • Tory takes countryside battle to middle England - FT (£)

Ken Clarke's Ministry of Justice has wasted £6million on union activities

CLARKE-KEN-dark-shirt"The Ministry of Justice is so short of funding it is slashing prison places, but figures have revealed there are dozens of taxpayer funded full-time union officials embedded in the court service, tribunals and prisons. The data was released under Freedom of Information laws to Tory MP Dominic Rabb. He said it was a ‘scandal’ that taxpayers fund the trade union duties of public sector workers." - Daily Mail

Louise Mensch's children threatened by online hacking groups

"Conservative MP Louise Mensch says she has received email threats against her children from the hacking groups Anonymous and LulzSec. She said she had contacted House of Commons authorities which have referred the matter to the police. A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said officers were examining an email." - BBC

Andy Coulson was "paid by Murdoch while working for PM"

COULSON ANDY TO DCMSSC "The Electoral Commission is to be urged to hold an investigation into whether Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire was covertly funding the Conservative Party while David Cameron was leader of the opposition. The call from the Labour MP Tom Watson, who has played the lead role in uncovering the telephone-hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch's former newspaper the News of the World, follows a BBC revelation about large payments to David Cameron's former spin doctor, Andy Coulson." - The Independent

  • James Forsyth suggests it could be part of a severance package, but this "implies quite [a] remarkable level of incompetence on CCHQ’s behalf" - Spectator Coffee House

Proposal to pay bonuses to senior civil servants criticised - The Times (£)

Automatic pay rises for public sector staff - Daily Telegraph

New threat to Margaret Thatcher's EU rebate

ThatcherNoTurningBack"European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso wants to give the UK lump-sum cheques of £3.2billion for the next seven years in return for ditching the annual refund won by Margaret Thatcher in 1984. The handouts are roughly equal to what Britain gets from the rebate. But analysts warn that the benefit would have to be negotiated every seven years. Diplomats insist they will reject any offer that affects the permanence of the rebate." - Daily Express

> From yesterday - John O'Connell on Local government: EU partly to blame for loss of weekly bin collections

Prince Charles "is using his charities to lobby ministers" to change Government policy - Daily Mail

Marines from HMS Montrose who tackled Somali pirates ordered to take health and safety checkDaily Telegraph

Universities set to reject 100,000 who aimed too high, UCAS says - The Independent

And finally... John Redwood labels Anne Boleyn "the first Eurosceptic"

"She comes across as an early Eurosceptic, wishing England to settle its own affairs at home without recourse to Rome. She dislikes the intervention of Roman authority between a person and their God, and  seeks the issue of the Bible in English to all" - John Redwood's Diary

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22 Aug 2011 08:59:47

Newslinks for Monday 22nd August 2011

6.15pm WATCH: Liam Fox announces £1billion investment in 14 new Chinook helicopters

4.45pm WATCH: Liam Fox: NATO can be "very proud" of the role it has played in Libya

3.30pm ToryDiary: Senior Tories attack Scottish government's "discriminatory" higher education policy

3pm WATCH: David Cameron makes a statement on Libya and the situation in Tripoli

2.15pm WATCH: Ed Miliband calls for a stable Libya

12.30pm Robert Halfon MP on Comment: What are the lessons to be learnt from the demise of Gadaffi?

Noon ConHomeUSA: Today's American political news

11am WATCH: Alistair Burt MP congratulates the Libyan people, talks of the prevention of deaths, and urges a stable and ordered Tripoli as quickly as possible

ToryDiary: The mission isn't accomplished but the overnight news from Libya is a big vindication for Cameron

Martin Sewell on Comment: This is Polly Toynbee's Generation

Seats and candidates: Poll boosts Labour hopes of ousting Heather Wheeler MP on back of Siemens trains deal

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Local government: Utility firms to pay lane rental for digging up roads

John O'Connell on Local government: EU partly to blame for loss of weekly bin collections

Danny Kruger on ThinkTankCentral: 65% of boys with a convicted parent go on to become criminals. We need to change that.

Ming Campbell and Clegg aide warn human rights can't be sacrificed as part of riot response

Ming "Sir Menzies said: ‘The European Convention on Human Rights was one of the most important contributions which Britain made to post-War Europe. It should lie right at the very heart of our constitutional circumstances. ‘My view is that the ECHR is a fundamental right and that is something we should not depart from... Sources close to the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg last night said he would not sanction any curb on human rights in the wake of the riots. A source said: ‘Nick would not want to see a watering down of the Human Rights Act either, although there is an issue in making sure people understand what the Human Rights Act does and doesn’t allow, because we don’t want to see an overcautious interpretation take hold.’" - Daily Mail | BBC

Questions about police funding persist

  • Local newspapers are full of 'police cuts' stories of the kind you can read in today's Yorkshire Post
  • Old-style policing 'slashes crime and disorder by 80%' on troubled estate - Scotsman
  • Times (£) claims local councils may lack funds for anti-gang programmes.

BLAIR TONY serious Blair's riots intervention attacked

  • The cheek of it! Mark Pritchard MP hits back at Tony Blair after former PM comments on the riots: “The lack of respect in society is partly the result of 13 years of failed Labour social policies." - Express
  • Still no apologies as Mr Blair rewrites history (again) and denies any blame for Britain's social ills - Stephen Glover in the Daily Mail
  • The Sun describes Tony Blair's analysis as "fundamentally flawed".

Social Market Foundation: Nine in ten providers of the work and pension secretary’s Work Programme are likely to miss government targets in its third year of operation

"Iain Duncan Smith’s flagship £5bn scheme to get benefits claimants back into work is in danger of collapsing under the weight of impossible targets which threaten the viability of companies running the programme, according to a leading think-tank." - FT (£)

Ministers are proposing that utility companies carrying out roadworks at peak times should pay councils to rent the road space - BBC

A council’s decision to end home rubbish collections abandons one of our oldest public services - Ross Clark in The Times (£)

Bombardier row could cost Conservatives South Derbyshire seat - Guardian

Boris Johnson: The resurrection of English cricket can inspire us all

"Look at the number of Oxbridge entrants from Mossbourne Academy in Hackney, or the grades of the kids from Burlington Danes in Hammersmith. Yes, it is about investment in those schools, in good facilities and well-motivated teachers. But Michael Gove is right to insist it is also about a culture of discipline; of standing up when any adult walks into the room; of taking your hands out of your pockets when you are talking to an adult; of addressing your teachers with respect. It is so much better to be demanding of these children, and to insist on high standards – even if it means being frank about failure – than to give in to the endless lazy condescension of false praise. There are all sorts of ways of teaching young people self-discipline and respect for rules, not least competitive sport – and especially cricket, where one wild swipe is usually punished with ignominy." - Boris Johnson in The Telegraph

Contrary to Westminster Village's consensus, Boris doing SLIGHTLY better than Cameron in handling of riots

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Tory MP Mark Field warns Osborne against economic complacency

Field Mark on BBC "In an interview with The Times (£), Mark Field, the Tory MP for the Cities of London and Westminster, said that British companies still saw little evidence of a plan for growth from the Government and that Britain remained at risk of losing its triple-A credit rating."

Could Cameron and Osborne lose the next election? It's looking more likely - says Guido Fawkes

"We are embarking on the most dangerous social experiment of my lifetime. There is a squeeze and a crack-down on the poorest – many, I admit, now culturally hostile to work and social order. Meanwhile, we are cutting government spending radically, and at the same time we face economic stagnation. This is an awesome triple whammy. It has an ugly potential to further divide us, and it is going to dominate the rest of the life of the coalition." - Jackie Ashley in The Guardian

"What can we still blame Margaret Thatcher for? Everything" - Judith Duffy in the Herald

Tory MP Damian Hinds leads attack on Labour for introducing raft of easy GCSEs that left children without competence in core subjects - Daily Mail

  • GCS-Easies: The number of pupils studying the toughest GCSEs more than HALVED under Labour - Sun

Elizabeth-smith-639 Tory MSP Elizabeth Smith attacks SNP discrimination against English students on tuition fees - Scotsman

"A bitter row blew up last night over the Scottish Government’s plans to charge students from England fees for studying north of the Border while Scottish undergraduates pay nothing... Sir Malcolm Rifkind, the former Scottish Secretary, denounced it as “grossly unfair”, while former minister John Redwood accused the SNP of trying to “radicalise” the English against the Union." - Scotsman

Welsh Conservative Assembly leader, Andrew RT Davies, has "called on the UK Government to deliver its promise to hold a free vote on scrapping the hunting ban"Wales Online

Benefits must no longer be unconditional - Neil O'Brien in The Telegraph

Every argument behind the private finance initiative has been demolished by MPs - Tom Clark in The Guardian

Beneath its desperate debt crisis Greece remains mired in fraud and fiddling - Jeff Randall in The Telegraph

David Steel linked to businessman facing bribery allegations

"The Liberal Democrat grandee David Steel lobbied the president of Uganda to land a profitable contract for a former business partner who is now the subject of an international bribery inquiry, an investigation by the Guardian has established."

Plonker Cameron's fifth break of 2011 becomes matter of controversy before news broke that events in Libya mean he will return early to Downing Street

"David Cameron was back in holiday mood yesterday after his family summer break earlier this month had been disrupted by the riots. The Prime Minister and wife Samantha visited a fish shop in Port Isaac, Cornwall, at the start of a trip to the West Country." - Express

> Saturday's ToryDiary: Back on holiday, is Cameron squandering the opportunity to relaunch his premiership?

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21 Aug 2011 08:51:20

Newslinks for Sunday 21st August 2011

8.15pm International: Australia's minority Labor government will collapse if it loses one MP and one Labor MP has just been caught using his union credit card to rent a prostitute...

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5.15pm Robert H Halfon MP on Comment: Petrol prices are causing unemployment

2pm ConHomeUSA: Today's American political news

6a00d83451b31c69e2014e8ac61611970d-150wiNoon Rehman Chishti MP on Comment: Why I agree with tough sentences for rioters

10.15am ToryDiary: Is it nearly game over for Gaddafi?

ToryDiary: An increasingly Eurosceptic Tory Party is struggling to agree on a strategy to change Britain's relationship with Brussels

Michael Nazir-Ali on Comment: How do we give our young people the values they need?

Harriet Crawford on Comment: Using education to end the conveyor belt to crime

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WATCH: America's Got Talent contestant roasts Piers Morgan over phone hacking and poor CNN ratings

Cameron emphasises human rights reform in article for Sunday Express

HumanRights "The British people have fought and died for people’s rights to freedom and dignity but they did not fight so that people did not have to take full responsibility for their actions. So though it won’t be easy, though it will mean taking on parts of the establishment, I am determined we get a grip on the misrepresentation of human rights. We are looking at creating our own British Bill of Rights. We are going to fight in Europe for changes to the way the European Court works and we will fight to ensure people understand the real scope of these rights and do not use them as cover for rules or excuses that fly in the face of common sense." - The Prime Minister writing in the Sunday Express, essentially recapitulating his speech of last Monday.

"Once it became apparent to every hoodlum in England that the police were not up to the task of protecting private property in one London street, they quickly clocked that the forces of law and order would be overwhelmed where they lived... After the greatest outbreak of mass lawlessness in recent history, if those who preside over the criminal justice system realise that they must respond to the concerns of the law-abiding, they are not being unjust. They are doing their job." - Douglas Carswell in the Mail on Sunday

  • "While David Cameron and Theresa May have made much political capital from the London riots, Ken has been noticeable by his absence." - Independent on Sunday

Post-riot polls show narrowing of Labour lead - 2% according to ComRes and 4% from YouGov

"A YouGov survey for The Sunday Times this weekend shows that 48% believe the sentences are “about right” and only 14% believe they are too harsh. Nearly a third — 31% — think the sentences are too soft." - The Sunday Times (£)

Metropolitan police figures reveal that 15,000 to 30,000 people committed crimes in the London riots - The Sunday Times (£)

  • Freemasons in the police leading the attack on David Cameron's riot response - The Sunday Telegraph

BLAIR TONY serious Tony Blair: UK isn't in moral collapse but some households are deeply broken and must be rebuilt, one at a time - Observer

The Left has gone into overdrive in its attempts to rewrite the history of the riots, but the public knows the truth - Janet Daley in The Sunday Telegraph

Could Iain Duncan Smith become head of a new Ministry of Social Justice? - James Forsyth in the Mail on Sunday

71 Tory MPs already signed up to new Eurosceptic group headed by George Eustice, Chris Heaton-Harris and Andrea Leadsom

The 71 have responded to a letter which states: "It has ... become clear that events in the European Union are going to dominate British politics in the coming years across a wide range of policies. We think it might be helpful if we set up an informal group of like-minded MPs who could come together to talk, receive regular quality topical briefings, exchange ideas and, indeed, provide support and helpful advice to the government. The political objective of the group would be to reverse the process of ever-closer union." - The Sunday Telegraph

  • Do Eurosceptic Tories think George Osborne's plan for fiscal union will work? Not many. - Tim Montgomerie in The Sunday Telegraph
  • Would Outers win a referendum on EU membership? Dom Raab MP in The Sunday Times (£): "Eurosceptics may even get the referendum on membership that they yearn for. They may also lose it. While polling last month for YouGov suggested 50% of Britons would vote to leave the EU (with 33% against), voters tend to be risk averse when faced with economic uncertainty. During an “in/out” referendum, pragmatic responses would be reinforced by business. No big group — the Confederation of British Industry, British Chambers of Commerce, Federation of Small Businesses or Institute of Directors — supports withdrawal."

Grayling and Loughton among ministers ready to adopt and mentor jobless families

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"Some of David Cameron’s ministers and closest advisers will personally “adopt” workless families to help the long-term unemployed off benefits and into work. A group of ministers, MPs and special advisers will set an example by volunteering to become “family champions” under a scheme devised by Emma Harrison, the social entrepreneur whose company manages £300m of government training contracts. Chris Grayling, the employment minister, Tim Loughton, the children and families minister, and Jane Ellison, Tory MP for Battersea, which was hit by looting during the recent riots, have each volunteered to mentor a workless family. Rohan Silva, one of Cameron’s senior policy advisers, has also volunteered." - The Sunday Times (£)

Dyson and Portas are not the answer to our problems - In the Independent on Sunday Margareta Pagano accuses George Osborne of gimmicky responses to economic challenges that require serious responses.

Doorstep rubbish collections have been scrapped in Britain for the first time since they were introduced more than 130 years ago - The Sunday Telegraph

Burt Alistair Alistair Burt: UK ready to back further sanctions against Syria - BBC

Liam Fox, his best man and a blackmail row over business meeting in the Middle East - Mail on Sunday

Student debt will soar to £200bn, official figures show - Independent on Sunday

  • The Coalition has launched a revolution in our university system - Matthew d'Ancona in The Sunday Telegraph

Some Conservatives do think the wealthy and propertied should help pay the nation's bills - Minette Marrin in The Sunday Times (£)

> Yesterday's ToryDiary: A mansions tax would be a 'big mistake', warns Eric Pickles

Friends revulsion at Meryl Streep film that portrays Lady Thatcher as 'granny going mad' - Mail on Sunday

Lesbian MSP, Ruth Davidson, may seek leadership of Scottish Tories

"A lesbian kickboxer has emerged as a frontrunner to become the next leader of the Conservatives in Scotland. Ruth Davidson, 32, who lives with a Green party-supporting vegetarian atheist, has picked up strong support from close advisers of David Cameron and senior colleagues in Scotland." - The Sunday Times (£)

Christopher Booker: BBC reports on energy policy fail to explain the true cost of the Government's plans - The Sunday Telegraph

Lord Ashcroft backs a call to award Victoria Crosses to two SAS soldiers killed in a secret war fought in Oman in the 1970s - The Sunday Times (£)

Mandelson's £8m mansion: New questions over former Labour ministers wealth after 'huge property offer' - Mail on Sunday

And finally... This Tracey Emin work - 'More Passion' - now hangs inside 10 Downing Street

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"Emin, who was in Downing Street last week putting the finishing touches to the installation, was invited to contribute a piece by David Cameron, a big fan of her work, last year." - The Sunday Telegraph | Sunday Mirror

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20 Aug 2011 08:56:14

Newslinks for Saturday 20th August 2011

8pm ConHomeUSA: Watch this video and you've gotta believe Sarah Palin is running for President

HELMER ROGER6.15pm Roger Helmer MEP on Comment: Sorry, Tim, but a mansion tax is WRONG. Nine reasons why Conservatives should oppose a wealth tax...

3.45pm ToryDiary: Back on holiday, is Cameron squandering the opportunity to relaunch his premiership?

1.45pm ConHomeUSA: Today's American politics

ToryDiary: Eric Pickles rejects a mansions tax

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Lord Risby on Comment: Don't just blame MPs and bankers. Blame big government.

On ThinkTankCentral: Matt Oakley of Policy Exchange looks at the contribution that welfare reform can make to lifting young people off the conveyor belt to crime

Cllr Alex Williams: Trafford leads the race to publish every penny it spends

WATCH: Jacob Rees-Mogg MP defends Sally Bercow's starring role in Celebrity Big Brother

The major social networks including Facebook and Twitter have been called to meet Theresa May to discuss the riots - BBC

150 people caught after rioting swept across UK ‘were foreign nationals and will be deported’

Green Damian New Immigration Minister Damian Green quoted in the Daily Mail: "We strongly believe that foreign national lawbreakers should be removed from the UK at the earliest opportunity. We also have the power to cancel the visas of foreign nationals found guilty of criminal activity, and this is something we will be looking to do when cases arise."

Lawyers are predicting a flood of successful appeals against “hysterical” sentencing

"Convicted rioters are being handed prison sentences that are on average 25 per cent longer than normal, an analysis of 1,000 riot-related cases has found... Mike O’Brien, QC, a former Labour Solicitor-General, called for the Court of Appeal to rule on the extent by which the normal sentence for offences should be increased because of the seriousness of the disorder.... Patrick Mercer, Conservative MP for Newark, said: “I hope that the judicial system is going to be consistent on this and that the exemplary nature of some of the sentences is not going to be watered down when the memory of the severity of what happened begins to fade.”" - Times (£)

PARRIS MATTHEWIn his Times (£) column Matthew Parris defends the tough punishments for people on the periphery of the riots: "When the law delivers a sharp blow to people who were only hangers-on, peripheral offenders, suggestible individuals carried away as the streets went wild, imagining nobody was watching a minnow like them, this is not (as some critics have suggested) an unfortunate case of collateral damage, of the wrong people being in the dock. The law is right on target. The periphery, the soft edge, the followers and not just the leaders, are precisely where you have to stamp out a brushfire. These fools may not have carried the matches but they are the tinder. It’s when people who are not core agitators begin to get caught up in disorder that society is in danger. You must make examples of them fast."

"The Prison Service admitted on Friday that they are "closely monitoring the estate for any potential unrest" after the prison population broke through the 86,000 mark for the first time." - Guardian

  • Fears grew for the safety of banged-up riot suspects last night - after three fell victim to savage beatings - The Sun
  • A fifth of burglaries last year were committed by suspects on bail - The Sun

Police may have to drain their own reserves for overtime, cancelled leave and equipment costs of riots - Independent

  • Peter Bone and Philip Davies renew call to cut aid budget and spend more 'at home' - Express (Yesterday's FT (£))
  • LSE: Police cuts could push crime up 6% - Telegraph
  • Are the Tories serious about law and order? It doesn't look like it - Dan Hodges at DaleAndCompany

Jeremy Hunt MP talks to the FT about the riots, the Olympics and Rupert Murdoch

HUNT JEREMY OPEN NECKED SHIRT "The businessman-turned-MP speaks to the core Tory voters as he reflects on the violence that besieged English cities. “I watched them with a deep sense of shock,” says Mr Hunt. He adds: “This is about people who have completely lost their moral compass and exploited technology to create massive public disorder.” Mr Hunt insists the government should come down “very, very hard” on the perpetrators, but also believes David Cameron, the prime minister, should leave “no stone unturned in tackling our social problems”." - FT (£)

  • Hunt says he'd like to find a way for news bulletins on local TV stations to be sponsored - BBC
  • Local TV will be fantastic for Britain says Hunt - Scotsman

Screen shot 2011-08-20 at 08.12.03 "Condemned as a racist for his comments on 'Newsnight' following the riots, the historian David Starkey speaks out against those who tried to silence him for confronting the gangster culture that has ruptured our society." - David Starkey in The Telegraph

The UK's public finances improved in July, official data showed yesterday, providing some cheer for George Osborne, the Chancellor, amid the market turmoil - Independent

  • The Daily Mail leader: Cutting spending is only half the battle; The Chancellor must do more to boost growth
  • "A failure of political leadership in the US and EU is making the economic crisis worse" - Telegraph leader
  • Britain faces £50bn bill under Brussels tax raid to bail out euro - Daily Mail

Eric Pickles says no to higher property taxes for middle classes - Telegraph

Number of people waiting more than 18 weeks for NHS treatment has risen by 40% since Coalition came to power - Times (£)

Cameron has been warned that the Army will be hit by a damaging wave of resignations if ministers make fresh cuts in allowances for the school fees of servicemen’s children - Telegraph

We shouldn't pay for bonuses in state-owned banks but shouldn't interfere in private banks - John Redwood

The Lib Dem plan to revive the north of England - Tim Farron in The Guardian

Has the university sector grown too much?

ARCHER Graeme "The vast fees, the concerns over degree quality, the sad complaint (because of what it says about how we view the point of education) that some graduates don’t earn huge incomes." - Graeme Archer in The Telegraph

Nigel Farage: Our political class don't understand business

"As someone who has run a company, a small enterprise that has actually employed people, I feel that I am in some position to talk about problems facing our business community unlike our current political elite. Cameron, Osborne, Clegg, Miliband: none has ever had to deal with regulations in their own business because they have never run one. I doubt they even know that small company bosses spend up to a quarter of their working week just dealing with red tape." - The UKIP leader in the Express

Britain needs to redirect resources from the old to the young - Polly Toynbee in The Guardian

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