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27 Oct 2011 08:21:47

Newslinks for Thursday 27th October 2011

7.30pm Benjamin-Harris Quinney on Comment: Must the home of free-market conservative thought disappear into the ether?

7pm WATCH: Nick de Bois: Mandatory jail sentence for young people using knives to threaten is "another means of capturing part of the growing knife problem"

Screen shot 2011-10-27 at 19.26.485pm: Today's teatime newslinks - Osborne's response to the emergency deal for the €urozone crisis, and much more Europe commentary

4pm LocalGovernment: John O'Connell: Councils in the Midlands spent nearly £300,000 on flights over the last two years when they were advising others to cut down on theirs

3pm WATCH: George Osborne: "Our view about how to solve the €urozone's immediate problems has been clear, consistent and forcibly expressed"

2.30pm Chris Skidmore MP on Comment: Thanks to Andy Burnham, we now know that Labour are committed to opposing increases in NHS funding

Boris_thumbs_up_31.30pm LeftWatch: Ken's tactics to portray Boris as lazy backfires - raising questions about his own workrate as Mayor of London

12.30pm Charlie Elphicke MP on Comment: We have a right to know how our money is spent

Noon ConHomeUSA: Today's top Republican and American political news

10.30am Anthony Browne on our Columnists' page: Merkel wouldn't be warning about war if we hadn't the €uro in the first place

DeboisToryDiary: In the battle against knife criminals it's Nick de Bois MP 400 and Ken Clarke nil

Also on ToryDiary: Cameron greets "good progress" before Eurozone deal is struck

Jill Kirby on our Columnists' page: The people or the elite? Cameron has made a defining choice

David Skelton on Comment: Cameron needs a plan to appeal to the North

Local Government: Boris renews plea for restrictions on tube strikes

WATCH: Herman van Rompuy and Jose Manuel Barroso announce that Europe agrees on an emergency €urozone deal

Deal at the EU summit as leaders agree to cut Greek debt by 50% 

Eu"Europe's leaders are claiming a victory in the eurozone crisis after agreeing new deals that halve Greek debt and increase the firepower of the main bailout fund to around €1trn. Athens will be handed a new €100bn bailout early in the new year. The accord was reached in the early hours of Thursday after hours of fractious debate. At one stage talks broke down with holders of Greek debt but they ended up accepting a loss or "haircut" of 50% in converting their existing bonds into new loans." - Guardian

  • Larry Elliott: 'Even if the eurozone crisis is solved, a bigger challenge lies ahead' - Guardian

> Yesterday

John Major argues that the EU must become a fiscal union - but this doesn't come without consequences 

Major_john"To safeguard the eurozone in the longer term requires a fundamental change of policy. It must become a fiscal union; a union of transfer payments to off-set regional disparities; or it must shrink. The latter option – essentially expelling Greece – has political consequences. There is no mechanism to do it. What would Greece’s future be? Would she remain democratic in the chaos that might follow? Pushing Greece out is not a risk-free option. Nor is a transfer union. Germany would hate it and transfer payments would institutionalise inefficiencies. That leaves fiscal union as the most likely destination. But it has huge political consequences. It implies a far greater level of integration, and is an escalator to a federal eurozone. This may be sensible economically, but it is profoundly undemocratic. It would drive voters and decision-makers dangerously far apart. More top-down Europe imposed by a remote elite could provoke a powerful antipathy" - FT

Did Merkel and Sarkozy "save the day"? 

Merkel_cameron'German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Nicolas Sarkozy had broken off from the summit to save the day and cut a deal with the head of the banking lobby, Charles Dallara of the Institute of International Finance, in order to draw a line under spiralling debt problems that have threatened to unravel the European single currency project." -Times (£) 

  • Cameron receives a frosty reception from Sarkozy - Daily Mail

Merkel offered a stark warning of war, if the €uro and Europe fails 

"In an apocalyptic vision of what might follow, Mrs Merkel told the German parliament yesterday: ‘Another half century of peace and prosperity in Europe is not to be taken for granted. If the euro fails, Europe fails.’ She added: ‘We have a historical obligation: To protect by all means Europe’s unification process begun by our forefathers after centuries of hatred and blood spill. None of us can foresee what the consequences would be if we were to fail.’ That Germany, the country responsible for two world wars, is raising the prospect of future conflict is a measure of the panic sweeping Europe about the unrest that could follow a collapse of the single currency" - Daily Mail

The "family" nature of the EU referendum debate shows unity in the Tory party, despite media claims, and made Labour look "strangely irrelevant" says Jesse Norman MP 

Jesse"Yes, Tory MPs have disagreed about the tactics of renegotiation with the EU and some will continue to argue for an in/out referendum. But, as a whole, they are remarkably united, not divided, over the EU issue. As the debate showed, there was a great deal of parliamentary talent on both sides of the motion, from all sections of the party. These voices will be heard, in many different ways, as they deserve to be. Meanwhile, the "family" nature of the debate made Labour look strangely irrelevant and diminished" - New Statesman

  • Iain Martin: 'Cameron has lost touch with his constituency' - FT
  • If Labour had won the election, Miliband would have been in Brussels with a 'begging bowl' says Cameron at PMQs - Independent

> For more coverage and commentary on yesterday's PMQs, have a look at our 5pm Newslinks 

> Yesterday

New 'two strikes and you're out' mandatory life sentences to be introduced for crimes other than murder

"A new "two strikes and you're out" mandatory life sentence is also to be introduced for anyone convicted of a second serious sexual or violent crime – extending mandatory life sentences for the first time to cover crimes other than murder. The definition of the "most serious sexual or violent offences" that will be covered by the new "two strikes" policy is to be extended to child sex offences, terrorism categories and "causing or allowing the death of a child". The surprise announcement of this new sentencing regime marks a return to a more traditional "lock 'em up" approach to law and order by the coalition government and deals a further body blow to Clarke's hopes of a more liberal penal policy that would stabilise the prison population." - Guardian

U-turn for Ken Clarke, as mandatory prison sentence for 16- and 17-year-olds who are found guilty of "aggravated" knife offences is introduced 

Clarke"The Justice Secretary said: "We need to send out a clear message about the seriousness of juvenile knife crime."In a humiliating U-turn, he announced a crackdown which will see 16 and 17-year-old knife offenders getting four-month detention and training orders. The thugs will serve half of the sentence behind bars and the final two months supervised in the community. Mr Clarke said: "We have already announced that we are bringing in an automatic prison sentence for any adults who use a knife to threaten and endanger" - The Sun

Plans to strengthen the rights of householders, confronted by an intruder, are also included in the Bill

"The proposed changes would make clear that people were under no duty to retreat from an attacker when acting in self-defence and could also use reasonable force to defend their property, not just themselves. The move comes after a series of cases in which self-defence has been deemed acceptable after a suspected intruder has been killed. Mr Clarke said: “While fleeing is usually the safest option if you feel threatened, people are not obliged to retreat when defending themselves or their homes. We will ensure that if you do react instinctively to repel an intruder you will not be punished for it — as long as you used reasonable force.” - Times (£)

  • 'Now you can fight back against burglars' - Daily Mail

Tory sources distance themselves from Beecroft report, reccomending to make dismissal laws easier, after Lib Dem backlash 

Cable_vincent"To Lib Dem anger and surprise, Mr Beecroft has recommended ditching unfair dismissal rules. Unions were also furious, further souring the atmosphere as ministers try to avert widespread strikes over pension reforms. Last night Tory sources distanced themselves from the report, saying its findings were unlikely to "see the light of day". Lib Dem sources called him an "ideological" figure whose conclusions they would not support. One said: "He is a private individual who has produced a report not based on any evidence" - Independent

Vince Cable describes the report as "unnecessary, based on no evidence and unlikely to improve labour market flexibility" - Guardian

  • Public and Commercial Services Union tells own staff to pay in more for pensions - Telegraph

"Sunlight is the best disinfectant" says Baroness Warsi, as she vows to root out waste and inefficiency in the civil service, as Government announces plans to reveal all minister spending of over £500

"Now we're doing things differently, publishing all big items of public spending online. It's like when you go home with a new purchase, and someone asks: "How much? That is the common sense we apply at home. And that is the common sense that's finally being applied in government" - Sun

Despite pledges by Cameron to bring immigration down to "tens of thousands", by 2043 Britain will becomes the most populous country in the EU 

Mail"By 2043, the population will have swollen to more than 74 million, outstripping France and Germany. Two thirds of the expansion will be due to immigration, according to the Office for National Statistics. The landmark figure of 70 million could be reached in 16 years after officials yesterday revised upward population projections. Over the next decade, the population will increase by the equivalent of a city the size of Leeds every year. Officials estimate the population will swell by 0.8 per cent – or 491,000 – every year to 2020, the fastest sustained growth since the 1960s." - Telegraph

  • Figures revealed by head of the UK Borders Agency reveals 3,775 foreign criminals were released from detention centre because of ‘no prospect of them being deported in a reasonable time’ - Daily Mail

Murdo Fraser is "absolutely right" says Matthew Parris to suggest the Scottish Conservatives break away from their English counterparts

"An election is under way among Scottish Tories for a new leader. One candidate, Murdo Fraser, MSP, has created shock waves by suggesting that they should break away from the Conservative Party in England and form a distinct right-of-centre party for Scotland, perhaps with a new name. Mr Fraser is absolutely right. I’ve been canvassing or reporting north of the Border often enough to know that the English connotation is fatal for the Conservatives there" - Times (£)

  • 'The Union is under threat but the Tories and Labour aren't listening' - New Statesman

>Yesterday Murdo Fraser MSP on Comment: Policy must be based on principles which serve the interests of people throughout Scotland


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26 Oct 2011 08:30:26

Newslinks for Wednesday 26th October 2011

Screen shot 2011-10-26 at WATCH: Cameron: "It is in British interests, that we actually solve this [€urozone] crisis"

5pm: Today's teatime newslinks - plenty of reaction to today's PMQs

4.15pm WATCH: The €urozone crisis explained in just under 3 minutes

3pm John Baron MP on Comment: The Conservative party has missed a golden opportunity to show it is in tune with the British electorate over an EU referendum, to Labour’s gain

2.30pm WATCH: Cameron calls Miliband "a complete mug who wants no rebalancing at all" of EU powers 

2pm Murdo Fraser MSP on Comment: Policy must be based on principles which serve the interests of people throughout Scotland

1pm ToryDiary: It's rally round Cameron time at PMQs

Leadsom12.15pm MPsETC: Andrea Leadsom suggests an age guidance rating for sex and relationship education materials

Noon ConHomeUSA: Today's top Republican and American political news

ToryDiary: Elizabeth Truss takes a long-term view of the challenges facing Britain and the continent

On our Columnists' page, Anthony Browne asks: Where now on the E.U?

Lord Ashcroft on Comment: Turn down the volume on Europe or lose the next election

Local Government: Labour still sniping at Cable Car scheme


On Monday, Cameron suggested that powers may be repatriated.  Yesterday, Clegg said that they won't be. Tory backbenchers call for openness on the Coalition's European policy.

Eu"As the Prime Minister tried to calm the row with warm words about the rebels, Mr Clegg offered a string of provocative comments, scorning the demands of the Conservative backbenches. “Eurosceptics need to be quite careful for what they wish for, because if they succeed – and they won’t succeed, as long as I’m in government – to push this country towards the exit sign, let’s be clear: that [what] will be damaged is British families, British businesses, British jobs,” said Mr Clegg." - Daily Telegraph

  • EU repatriation of powers row escalates as Tory MPs sieze on contradictory statements - Huffington Post
  • Matthew Norman: Has Cameron's lucky streak just run out? - Independent
  • Oliver Wright: Cameron tries to buy off €urosceptics with threat to employment rights - Independent
  • Clegg vs Gove in Cabinet EU rift - Sun
  • The PM may not sense bad blood, but MPs do - Daily Telegraph Editorial
  • The country has had enough of deception. It's time to close the yawning gap between the ruling and the ruled - Daily Mail Editorial
  • Simon Hoggart: Bill Cash, herald of the appocalypse - Guardian
  • John Kampfner: Cameron's Little Englanders need some German lessons - Guardian

> Yesterday 

More than half of the dissident MPs were only elected last year - the Thatcherite "class of 2010"

Nuttall"David Nuttall, the MP for marginal Bury North, has emerged as the rebel-in-chief. He has an unorthodox, working-class background among Conservatives – he was educated at a comprehensive school, left school at the age of 18 and later obtained a law degree by correspondence...Other high-profile rebel newcomers include Zac Goldsmith (Richmond Park), Mark Reckless (Rochester and Strood), Priti Patel (Witham), a former spokeswoman for William Hague when he was party leader, and Sarah Wollaston, the GP chosen as the Tory candidate in Totnes following an open primary" - Independent

  • Not "class of 2010" - but Wales Online profiles David Davies MP, "Wales’ foremost devo-sceptic" - Wales Online

Bernard Jenkin MP offers his roadmap for the repatriation of powers back from the EU

Jenkin"Our final objective should not be to leave the EU, but to advance trade and co-operation with our EU partners. To this end, we should agree to remain in a customs union with the EU to avoid disrupting the free movement of goods and services between member states. Preoccupied as they are with the euro crisis, our EU partners are far more likely to agree to these demands now than at any time in the past. If at any stage our coalition partners refuse to support the new policy, let them declare their opposition openly. We could offer them a referendum on the new policy now, or a general election on a Conservative manifesto commitment to obtain the new relationship with the EU, to be ratified after approval by a referendum" - Times (£)

Cameron must be "unashamed about defending British interests at the summit of all 27 leaders of EU states in Brussels today" says Nick Wood

"Cameron should have the guts to point out to his fellow leaders that these sticking plaster solutions are unlikely to work for long. Levels of Government debt in the Mediterranean rim are now so high - and borrowing rates so ruinous - that it is impossible to imagine them ever paying back their creditors. Nor should he encourage them to believe that their latest mad plan - fiscal union - stands any real chance of success. Fiscal union works in the United States of America (just) because all 50 states are members of one country, all 300 million inhabitants of the USA see themselves as Americans and because of the deep ties of language, culture and history that bind them fiercely together" - Daily Mail

  • Cameron heads to EU summit - Huffington Post
  • UK's huge new €uro bailout: As rescue talks collapse in chaos, taxpayers face another massive bill to prop up single currency - Daily Mail
  • €uro bailout wrangles spook markets as fears of slump intensify - Guardian
  • Europe at mercy of the markets as Italy teeters - Times (£)
  • Italian government on the brink of collapse - FT
  • Can the European ideal survive? - Jeremy Warner, Daily Telegraph

A leaked Downing Street report suggests giving companies the freedom to sack unproductive workers

"It says that British workers should be banned from claiming unfair dismissal so that firms and public sector bodies can find more capable replacements. Under current regulations, workers are allowed to “coast along” and employers are left fearful of expanding because new staff may prove “unknown quantities” who are impossible to sack, the report says. The radical recommendation to scrap the concept of unfair dismissal is made by Adrian Beecroft, a venture capitalist, in a report commissioned by David Cameron. The report is understood to have the support of both the Chancellor and Downing St, although the proposals are likely to meet with strong opposition from some Liberal Democrats and trade unions" - Daily Telegraph

Elizabeth Truss MP: Britain can't afford to ignore that the middle class is at a "standing start"  

Truss"The important work carried out in welfare by Iain Duncan Smith and in education by Michael Gove is propelling us in the right direction. Unfortunately, Britain is at a standing start in this race, even among our European competitors. The UK is 28th in the OECD for maths and 16th for science and compared to the US, France and Germany Britain has the highest proportion of people with only basic skills. We will need to be ruthless in pursuing excellence. This will open a new wave of opportunities and not present a deep squeeze for those born in the 2000s and 2010s" - Daily Telegraph

Cabinet split will emerge today when Chris Huhne attacks Osborne to threatening to abandon the Coalition's green pledges 

"The Chancellor's hostile stance has prompted much new scrutiny of the Government's environmental record – and an audit of its green policies byThe Independent strongly suggests that David Cameron's boast of running "the greenest government ever" is now unsustainable. In a clear sign of the serious divisions over the environment at the highest levels of the Government, Mr Huhne, a Liberal Democrat, will reassert the importance of the Coalition's green policies – three weeks after the Chancellor aggressively downplayed them. Mr Huhne will turn Mr Osborne's own words against him. Whereas the Chancellor said at the Conservative Party conference that "We're not going to save the planet by putting our country out of business," Mr Huhne will say in a speech this morning: "We are not going to save our economy by turning our back on renewable energy" - Independent

  • Huhne attacks renewable energy critics - Guardian

VAT = Vince Avoids Tax: Cable fined £500 for failing to pay £25,000 and register income from media and book deals Sun

Sir Malcolm Rifkind is one of the authors of a report which suggests the Commonwealth "is failing to stop human rights abuses by members" 

Rifkindmalcolmspeaking_6"A suppressed report into the failings of the Commonwealth warns that it is losing relevance and credibility, according to a leaked copy seen by The Times. The scathing 205-page report, commissioned for discussion at the meeting of Commonwealth heads of government this weekend in Perth, suggests that because of the failure to tackle abuses by member states, the Commonwealth is developing a reputation as “hypocritical or indifferent” - Times (£)

Ken Clarke and Theresa May look likely to clash over plans to toughen sentences for knife offenders  

Clarke"Giving evidence to the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee yesterday, Mr Clarke said the Government was “still considering it”. But asked why he was against suggestions by the Home Secretary and the Mayor to extend the proposals to under-18s, Mr Clarke added: "The idea that mandatory sentences now apply to certain types of offence, to young offenders, to children, to juveniles, is a bit of a leap for the British judicial system. "The idea that a 13-year-old should come up before a court and the court be told that, unless there's something quite exceptional, you have no discretion here, this particular offence, which isn't the most serious offence, you should automatically be sent off, presumably in that case, to a secure children's home, does rather go against how we normally approach the sentencing of juveniles. The British system is based on a totally different approach to sentencing for juveniles" - Daily Telegraph

  • More in the Sun
  • Paul McKeever: "Now is not the right time for Police and crime commissioners" - Huffington Post

The Government's NHS reforms will come under renewed criticism in the Commons today  - Daily Telegraph

Saddam Hussein personally intervened to make sure British journalist Farzad Bazoft was executed in Iraq to punish Margaret Thatcher

"Saddam dismissed outright Britain’s appeals for clemency for Mr Bazoft, who was on assignment in Iraq for The Observer when he was arrested along with British nurse Daphne Parish and convicted of spying. According to newly published documents, the Iraqi dictator had only a brief conversation about the charges against the British pair before suddenly asking how long it would take “for a person to be executed.” Told that it would take a month for the legal process to be complete, Saddam snapped: “A whole month? I say we execute him in Ramadam, and this will be the punishment for Margaret Thatcher.” Mr Bazoft was hanged days after the meeting, in March 1990" - Times (£)

At the suggestion of Liam Fox, Gerald Howarth met with IRG Limited, the firm funding Adam Werrity Guardian

Russian "Spy" kept Hancock diary - Politics Home (£)

Comparing the St. Pauls protestors to squatters, Hove MP Mike Weatherley says he would "happily boot them out" himselfExpress


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25 Oct 2011 08:14:35

Newslinks for Tuesday 25th October 2011

6pm Columnist Bruce Anderson offers eight lessons from yesterday's EU debate

5pm: Today's teatime newslinks - the day after the EU referendum debate  

4.30pm ToryDiary: The Conservative Party is as divided on Europe as it ever was... and a referendum is the only way to achieve closure

2.45pm WATCH: David Cameron: There is no "bad blood, rancour, bitterness" towards the rebels

Screen shot 2011-10-25 at 13.40.581.45pm MPsETC: Gove says he "respected the passion" from backbenchers, stressing consensus in the Tory party over the EU

12.45pm WATCH: Michael Gove: "We need to make sure the Conservative party is in a strong position to take back powers from Europe"

Noon ConHomeUSA: Today's top Republican and American political news

11.45 am WATCH:

ToryDiary: Trust in Cameron on Europe is breaking down. He should bring in the '22 to repair it

Lee Rotherham on Comment: David Cameron should call for a review into our current terms of EU membership

MPsETC: The 81 Conservative MPs who voted for a referendum

Local Government: GCSE results at academies improve at twice the rate of other maintained schools

81 Tory MPs rebel against the Government and vote in favour of an EU referendum

Debeu"David Cameron’s political authority suffered a significant blow last night when 81 MPs — almost half his backbenchers — defied a personal plea to reject the holding of a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union. Mr Cameron’s attempt to impose a three-line whip to force his MPs to reject the motion, even though it had no legal force, resulted in two ministerial aides quitting their posts and hordes of 2010 intake MPs defying the leadership. This makes it the largest-ever Tory rebellion over Europe, beating the 41 rebels who defied John Major in 1993. It is a dismal result for Mr Cameron, whose decision to bring forward the vote so that he would be in the country, appears to have backfired, with more Conservatives joining the rebellion after he changed the date" - Times (£)

  • How MPs voted - Telegraph
  • What impact will the motion have on the Tories? - Telegraph
  • Cameron left damaged by Europe rebels - City A.M
  • Oliver Wright: 'PM misjudged strength of feeling in his own party' - Independent
  • Gideon Rachmann: Tory €urosceptics are living in the past, and ahead of their time - FT
  • Alex Massie: 'The rebels and government agree: There will be an EU referendum' - Spectator

> Yesterday's

Mutiny on Europe was worse than any faced by Heath, Thatcher or Major. Bewilderment at why Cameron allowed it to go this far 

Deb"It was a worse mutiny on Europe than any suffered by Ted Heath, Margaret Thatcher or John Major, and came after Mr Cameron told his MPs that they might have to wait years before Britain claws back powers from Brussels. The result will lead to a major post-mortem in Downing Street over how Mr Cameron came to suffer such a grievous self-inflicted wound. Colleagues are bewildered as to why the Prime Minister decided to put himself at the centre of a row with backbenchers over a symbolically important but ultimately meaningless vote which he was originally due to miss" - Daily Mail

  • Melissa Kite: 'The EU referendum fiasco shows that cack-handed Cameron has truly lost control' - Daily Mail

Cambusters: Worryingly many MPs fought Cameron on grounds of being deselected by associations in upcoming boundary changes

"Worse for the PM, it has emerged that a large proportion of the rebel MPs acted because they were terrified of getting deselected by their hardline associations in the upcoming boundary changes. So the battle lines are now drawn — it's the Premier versus his party. And what a bloody, long and bitter fight it's now shaping up to be"- Sun

Cameron orders the sacking of Stewart Jackson, whilst Adam Holloway resigns 

Jackson"The prime minister ordered the sacking of one parliamentary private secretary, Stewart Jackson, after he spoke against the government. Adam Holloway, PPS to the Europe minister David Lidington, stood down after he too announced that he would vote in favour of the referendum. Jackson, who was PPS to the Northern Ireland secretary Owen Paterson, accused the government of a "catastrophic mismanagement" after imposing a three-line whip on a motion that was drawn from a petition signed by more than 100,000 members of the public" - Guardian


Nick Wood: Backbenchers, including many from the 2010 intake, reject Cameron's personal appeal to them 

Mail"Backed by his henchmen, the Prime Minister had imposed a three-line whip on his party, the strongest possible instruction to his MPs to fall into line behind his leadership. But in an act of outright mutiny, more than a third of his backbenchers, many of them new MPs, rejected his personal appeal to them to ignore the mounting public pressure for a popular vote on Britain's relationship with the EU" - Daily Mail

White, male and no prospect of ministerial office - the reason why some MPs rebelled says James Kirkup

"Newly-elected MPs are supposed to be the most pliable: they have their careers ahead of them, and the most to lose from revolt. Yet more than a few of the rebels were elected only last year. Some rebelled out of conviction, some from fear of their local Conservative associations. But some did so because they believe that because they are male and white and not socially connected to Mr Cameron’s rather cliquey leadership, they have no prospects of ministerial office. So far, little in the leadership’s response to the rebellion has questioned that belief" - Telegraph

> Yesterday's ToryDiary: Why as few as three male backbenchers may become Ministers at the next reshuffle

Big change in governing style is needed, says Tim Montgomerie before the Tory party gets a reputation for disunity

"After this evening Cameron needs to relaunch his whole style of governing. We are only 18 months into the parliament but problems that normally characterise senile governments are already evident. If he does not reconcile with the unhappy squad on his backbenches, the next few years will get a lot unhappier. Ed Miliband may not look like a prime minister in waiting, but Tory strategists are in danger of gambling too many chips on the Labour leader's weaknesses. Voters hate divided parties but the Conservative party is in serious danger of getting a reputation for disunity again. Add in the prospect of many years of declining incomes for many families and you have a dangerous political recipe" - Guardian

Cameron needs to "wake up and change his ways" says Allister Heath as the floodgates for revolt have been opened

"The Prime Minister’s response will be to punish and freeze out the dissidents. That is how he has operated in the past. But while there had already been smaller revolts, yesterday’s will open the floodgates. What will happen if the economy flatlines for the next couple of quarters, or even longer? What will happen if Labour’s poll lead grows? Panic will set in, and rebellions will become a way of life for the Tory party. Cameron needs to wake up and change his ways" - City A.M

Simon Heffer: To Sarkozy, the issues with the €uro are a "matter of private grief", and it hurts to have Cameron say 'I told you so' 

Heffer_simon"The British prime minister’s request for the ten non-euro members to participate was perfectly reasonable, given the awesome effects that the collapse of the euro could have on the British economy. Mr Sarkozy, however, doesn’t see it that way. He is a man who in recent weeks has suffered a succession of terrible political blows.  His own sense of failure is mounting and his reputation is diminishing. A Napoleon complex runs deep in this diminutive Frenchman whose instinctive reflex is to take out his foul temper on someone more fortunate. To him, the increasingly acrimonious discussions over the euro are a matter of private grief, and that’s how he’d like it to stay. To have the spectacle of Mr Cameron, as the leader of the main non-euro economy in the EU, sitting opposite him at summit meetings saying, with much justification, ‘I told you so’ is a real challenge to his sang froid" - Daily Mail

  • Richard Waghorne: 'Is Sarkozy cracking up? There is enough reason to start wondering' - Daily Mail

Dominic Grieve says Britain should be able to defy European Court of Human Rights 

Grieve_dominic_nw"British courts and Parliament should have greater freedom to decide social policy issues, such as prisoners’ voting rights, Dominic Grieve, QC, the Attorney-General, said. He insisted that UK courts should have a right to dispute rulings of the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). “If the current system is not working, we could positively provide for a right of rebuttal,” he said. That would allow the UK Supreme Court to say to the ECHR that it had misunderstood national law or the impact of its decisions on the UK legal system, he told lawyers. The robust intervention of the Attorney-General at a lecture last night at Lincoln’s Inn, Central London, is the latest to fuel debate about the role of the human rights court" - Times (£)

Politicians must persuade ordinary families that they are fighting for them, says Lord Ashcroft 

"The Government argues, rightly, that controlling the deficit is a prerequisite for a sustainable recovery. But many feel that it is pursuing deficit reduction at the expense of job creation, rather than as a means to it. The Tories are thought to have the best approach on debt – but the voters they need to win over are less certain there are policies for growth" - Telegraph

Gove's promises are undermined, say teacher after report warns of biggest ever spending cuts to hit nursery schools

"The budget for renovating school buildings would fall by more than half in real terms over the next four years, while universities would see their funding cut by 40 per cent. However, the most severe impact on children’s education would be in nurseries and playgroups, as “early years” education funding is reduced by a fifth, the IFS warned. Teachers said the report undermined promises from Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, to protect the education budget from cuts. However, the Government stressed that it had been forced to make “tough decisions” and blamed Labour’s inefficiency for wasting money over the past decade" - Telegraph

City of London and Westminster MP, Mark Field describes St. Paul's anti-capitalist camp as "a third world shanty town" 

Field"Mr Field said: 'I understand why they are doing it outside St Paul's, but it is a Unesco World Heritage Site and it is wrong that there is this semi-permanent campsite outside this tourist attraction. It looks like a third world shanty town. I have been out to places like India were they have them cheek by jowl with gleaming new buildings - it looks just like that. I think one of the reasons the authorities are pushing to get rid of it is because we have Remembrance Sunday and the Lord Mayor's Show coming up in three weeks. I respect the right to protest. The weekend before last there was a big demonstration and I think it's right that things like that can go ahead'" - Daily Mail

  • Only 1 in 10 St. Paul's protestors are sleeping there over night - Telegraph

> Yesterday Columnist Bruce Anderson: A generation which allows St Paul's to be scorned is a generation which has forfeited the right to call itself British

Report into the UK riots suggests the rioters were poor and uneducated, but contradicts claims by Cabinet ministers about the role of street gangs 

Ind"The findings contradict cabinet ministers' claims that the unrest in London and other English cities was fuelled by an aggressive gang culture, showing that the vast majority of looters acted alone. Last night the Government was warned that society was storing up future problems by ignoring the growing number of disaffected young people growing up in poverty in the inner cities. The analysis by the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) suggested that many of the looters were caught in a cycle of deprivation, poor educational attainment, unemployment and criminality. More than a third (35 per cent) of adult rioters appearing in court were living on benefits – three times the proportion nationally" - Independent

Tories in Scotland demand the full details of Alex Salmond's trip to the Gulf next week Scotsman

A Coventry Tory councillor is disciplined, and could face suspension for sending 103 tweets during the course of a meeting Daily Mail


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24 Oct 2011 08:34:09

Newslinks for Monday 24th October 2011

10.15pm ToryDiary: 111 MPs (including more than 80 Tories) take part in biggest ever rebellion on EU

7pm: Columnist Bruce Anderson: A generation which allows St Paul's to be scorned is a generation which has forfeited the right to call itself British

5pm: Today's teatime newslinks


4.30pm WATCH: Ed Miliband: David Cameron has himself to blame for internal splits, after years of "pandering" to Eurosceptics

CAMERON DAVID WRITING3pm ToryDiary: David Cameron: A referendum now would be "rash" and "premature"

1.45pm LISTEN: George Eustice MP: There is a sense that the government "don't have any serious intentions of sorting the European Union out"

1.30pm MPsETC: Ahead of this evening's debate, Tory MPs rehearse the arguments for and against a referendum

12.30pm Invictus: There is no prospect of holding the Conservative Party together without the serious prospect of EU renegotiation

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Boles Nick11.45am Nick Boles MP on Comment: Conservatives need to win an election before we can get the renegotiation we want

11am ToryDiary: Why as few as three male backbenchers may become Ministers at the next reshuffle

10.15am WATCH:


ToryDiary: 64% of Tory members don't believe that Cameron wants to change UK-EU relationship

Columnist Bruce Anderson: Tory euroscepticism has been so long in opposition that it is no longer psychologically prepared for victory


David Nuttall MP: 84% of us have never had a chance to vote on EU membership. Let's change that.


Europe Minister David Lidington MP: A serious Conservative Party must reject this referendum motion

Local government: Islington and Sheffield plan to scrap their ALMOs to bring housing back in house

Cameron and merkelCameron demands more British control over employment and social laws in return for supporting a new European treaty to shore up the single currency - Telegraph

  • "Mr Cameron may soon be presented with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to forge a more advantageous relationship with Europe without leaving the EU. Instead of backing away, isn’t it time he grasped it?" - Daily Mail leader
  • "The Prime Minister is wrong to pick a fight with his party and impose a three-line whip over the EU referendum vote" - Telegraph leader
  • "For many Tories, Europe matters more than the Coalition government. Cameron has forgotten that at his peril." - Tom Newton-Dunn in The Sun
  • "Nick Clegg promised in his election manifesto an “in/out” referendum on the EU but today he’s ordering his MPs to vote against their own policy. Labour promised a referendum before the 2005 election but reneged on that promise and signed the Lisbon Treaty which made the EU all-powerful. How sad that a Conservative Prime Minister who once gave a “cast-iron” pledge he’d hold a referendum is joining with those two frauds to deny the country the chance to determine its future." - Express leader
  • Cameron gets it wrong over EU mess - Allister Heath for City AM
  • John Redwood: Mr Hague denies a referendum and supports our membership of the EU on current terms

Tory rebellion set to be bigger than Maastricht

"Sixty-eight MPs have openly pledged to support a motion calling for a referendum or renegotiation of Britain’s position in Europe, which will be put to a symbolic vote, despite the Prime Minister ordering a three-line whip to reject it. The number dwarfs the largest Tory rebellion on Europe to date, when 41 MPs defied John Major over the Maastricht Treaty in 1993." - Times (£)

  • "All the signs therefore are that Monday will produce the largest Commons rebellion of Cameron’s premiership – and the largest ever rebellion by Conservative MPs when in government over the issue of Europe." - Philip Cowley and Mark Stuart for Notts Politics

Iain Duncan Smith and Owen Paterson are not hiding their sympathy for rebels - Mary Ann Sieghart in The Independent

Mark Pritchard: The people, not Tory MPs triggered this debate

PRITCHARD"The origins of this motion came from Downing Street's own e-petitions and thousands of people signed that," said Mark Pritchard, secretary of the Tory backbench 1922 Committee. "This hasn't been concocted by small groups of Conservative MPs. It has been brought about by the public from a clear, open and transparent process. The Government should step aside from the three-line whip and just allow members to represent the views of their constituents – that is all I am trying to do." - Independent

> ToryDiary: 67% of voters tell Cameron that they want a vote on Britain's relationship with the EU

"Events are likely to force a new treaty in Europe — and it goes without saying that any such treaty, this time, must have the full approval of the people of Britain in a referendum." - Boris Johnson in The Telegraph

Ed Miliband says David Cameron has brought his problems over the EU referendum "on himself" by appeasing Conservative eurosceptics - BBC

By fanning the flames of Euroscepticism in opposition, instead of tackling it head on, Cameron's rhetoric is coming back to haunt him - Emma Reynolds, Labour's Europe spokesman for the Huffington Post

Sarkozy GoldSarkozy to Cameron: "We are sick of you criticising us and telling us what to do. You say you hate the euro and now you want to interfere in our meetings."

"David Cameron has clashed with French President Nicolas Sarkozy over the UK's involvement in discussions about the eurozone crisis. Mr Sarkozy believes the final talks on Wednesday should be limited to nations which actually use the euro. Mr Cameron said all EU leaders should be present to debate issues which could affect them in one way or another." - BBC | Guardian

  • Cameron cancels Cameron cancels Japan and NZ trips to attend EU summit - EU Business
  • A currency union will inevitably become unworkable without political union. That is why the euro was a bad idea - Times leader (£)

Cameron orders a name and shame campaign against councils whose social workers fail to find adoptive families for children in care - Daily Mail

> Yesterday's Local government: Details emerge on boosting adoption

The Commonwealth can rediscover its purpose by becoming a champion for human rights - Sir Malcolm Rifkind in The Times (£)

"Commentary demands absolute opinions, while uncertainty comes over as weakness, and so tribalism inevitably thrives" - David Cameron's new speechwriter Julian Glover writes his final Guardian column

TYRIE ANDREWTreasury select committee of MPs fears bank liquidity rules are impeding lending - Guardian

Lord Young will return to Downing Street this week to work as David Cameron’s enterprise adviser - Telegraph

One of Britain's biggest companies, Diageo 'could leave UK' if 50p tax rate remains - Telegraph

How do we boost the northern Economy? - Some ideas collated by The Guardian's Ed Jacobs

Slow income growth, welfare growth and cost of living are the three factors 'squeezing the middle' - Neil O'Brien in The Telegraph

  • 37 per cent of homes saw their financial situation worsen in October, while only 7 per cent experienced an improvement - FT (£)

Scottish Tory leadership race could leave long-lasting scars

"The campaign to succeed Annabel Goldie has been noticeable for its bitterness, and the widespread accusations of dirty tricks, deliberate smearing and bias." - Scotsman

The SNP has kickstarted the biggest political campaign in Scottish history, launching its “roadmap to independence”

Screen shot 2011-10-24 at 08.27.31"With a new slogan, “Scotland – It’s Starting”, ringing out across the SNP conference at Inverness, the party leadership unveiled a roadmap that identified four key steps that will be taken by the party over the coming months. In addition, all SNP members were asked to contribute towards a fighting fund, as it was announced that all of the £918,000 bequeathed to the party by the poet Edwin Morgan would be devoted to the referendum campaign." - Scotsman

The SNP has launched its campaign with a £1 million fighting fund - Herald

John Swinney says Scotland could be 6th richest country in world, ten places ahead of UK - Scotsman

Cameron should do more to oppose Alex Salmond's Scottish National Party - Telegraph leader

> Saturday's ToryDiary: Annabel Goldie calls for immediate Scottish vote

Sun's Page 3 not right for 21st century, says Harman - Independent

Cameron's Big Society guru, Philip Blond, 'raided' think tank coffers to fund £40,000 jet-set lifestyle - Daily Mail

  • Red Tory ‘used think-tank to minimise his tax bill’ - Times (£)

St Paul's may have to cancel Remembrance Sunday service because of 'Occupy London' protests - Daily Mail


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