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Newslinks for Monday 18th June 2012

Goodman Paul PS8.30pm ToryDiary: The PoliticsHome Political Blogger of the Year is Paul Goodman

5.30pm WATCH: Lord Fowler - My life as one of Margaret Thatcher's Ministers

4.45pm Local Government: John Bald on How to win the phonics argument

3.30pm WATCH:

3pm Local Government: Tory councillors quit in protest against freemasons

11.30am Mohammed Amin on Comment: "Enoch Powell will remain an excuse for ethnic minorities to not vote Conservative until the Party deals properly with his memory": Exorcising Powell's ghost

11.00am Local Government: Police estimate that 10,000 "Looked After" children go missing from care each year

ToryDiary: Why regional public sector pay won't happen

Also on ToryDiary: As the G20 meets, Cameron highlights five threats to the world economy. (But is anyone listening?)

Columnist Bruce Anderson: We need a new economic genius to help end Europe's crisis

ROGERS BENBenedict Rogers on Comment: We will honour Aung San Suu Kyi when she addresses Parliament this week. But the best honour we could pay her is to heed her words.

Local Government: Cllr Craig MacKinlay chosen as Conservative candidate for Kent Police Commissioner

MajorityConservatism: The Conservative Party must prepare for a comprehensive relaunch at the end of this parliament

The Deep End: How China’s one child policy wrecked the world economy

WATCH: "‪Pro-bailout parties secure Greek majority‬"

Greek elections 1): The Euro lives on to die another day

Screen shot 2012-06-18 at 08.29.24"Greece’s hopes of clinging to its euro membership were boosted as the pro-bailout New Democracy party clinched a slender victory last night in elections that were critical to efforts to hold the single currency together. Antonis Samaras, who will now try to build a fragile coalition government, declared his country was “anchored” to the euro after his conservative party narrowly beat the left-wing Syriza party, which had threatened to renounce the bailout deal with the country’s creditors." - The Times (£)

Greek elections 2) The result

"According to interior ministry projections, with 97 per cent of votes counted, New Democracy was set to take 29.7 per cent of the vote and 129 seats in the 300-member parliament, compared with 26.9 per cent and 71 seats for Syriza… Pasok was set to take 12.3 per cent of the vote and 33 seats, and Democratic Left was set to win 6.2 per cent and 17 seats. With a combined total of 179 seats, a three-way, New Democracy-led government would have a comfortable parliamentary majority, but it would be an uneasy formation comprised of politicians with little experience of working together in a coalition." - Financial Times (£)

Greek elections 3) Grand pro-Euro & pro-austerity Coalition expected.  But how stable will it be?

"The arithmetic pointed to a grand coalition of the two traditionally biggest parties, New Democracy and the centre-left Pasok socialists, which mustered about 160 seats between them in the 300-seat chamber. But such a coalition between arch-enemies will be unstable. The European powers will put pressure on the two traditionally big parties…Tsipras, who stunned Europe by coming from nowhere in May to take 17% of the vote and second place, improved vastly on his performance with some 27% by campaigning to reject the bailout terms, ameliorate the austerity programmes, and yet keep Greece in the euro." - The Guardian

Boris Johnson: European democracy is heading for the dark ages

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"For the sake of bubble-gumming the euro together, we are willing to slaughter democracy in the very place where it was born. What is the point of a Greek elector voting for an economic programme, if that programme is decided in Brussels or – in reality – in Germany? What is the meaning of Greek freedom, the freedom Byron fought for, if Greece is returned to a kind of Ottoman dependency, but with the Sublime Porte now based in Berlin?" - Daily Telegraph

Greece faces Germany in Euro 2012 quarter-final - The Sun

  • "Greece’s election has failed to clear the smoke fogging its future" - Times (£) Editorial
  • "The Greek electorate is in denial. It rejects austerity, but insists on keeping the euro" - Daniel Hannan, Telegraph Blogs
  • Greece may be the epicentre – but this is a European crisis - The Independent
  • The worst possible outcome - James Forsyth, Coffee House

> Yesterday:

Upward pressure on Danish krone could lead to negative interest rates - Financial Times (£)

Hollande's socialists triumph in French elections...

Screen shot 2012-06-18 at 08.33.18"The result will see the new left-wing government challenging all of the austerity measures favoured by European Union allies including Britain and Germany.  Exit polls suggested that the Socialists won 291 seats – giving them an absolute majority in the 577 seat Parliament. The conservative UMP party of Nicolas Sarkozy won only 212 seats compared to the 320 they had under his presidency – indicating a huge shift to the left." - Daily Mail

  • Egypt's generals award themselves sweeping powers after Muslim Brotherhood claim victory in Egyptian elections - The Guardian

...As Miliband prepares to join him in pincer movement on Cameron

"The proposals, which were announced today, were designed to portray Mr Cameron as a weak statesman ahead of a decisive week in Europe. On the eve of the G20 summit in Mexico and Greek elections, Mr Miliband reveals he is holding discussions with French President Francois Hollande, about a new gathering of centre-left EU leaders who would act as a rival force in Europe against the old order." - Daily Mail

  • Mandelson warns Labour of 80s-style civil war - The Sun
  • Blair won't rule out becoming EU President - Daily Express
  • Denis Skinner interview - The Guardian
  • Media tittle-tattle in latest Alistair Campbell diaries excerpt - The Guardian

> Yesterday: WATCH - Lord Mandelson: "The trade unions need to re-think and re-make themselves for a new century."

Cameron: the five challenges the world economy faces

CAMERON-PENSIVE"The Prime Minister will urge world leaders to ‘get a grip’ on the eurozone crisis; debts; the challenges of growth and low competitiveness; protectionism; and the failure to regulate the banking system. Both governments and business leaders will have to come together to make difficult decisions on each, or the ‘fight for the future of our global economy won’t be won’, Mr Cameron will say." - Daily Mail

"The Bank of England committee charged with ensuring the stability of Britain’s banks is split over George Osborne’s plan to oblige it to support the government’s new growth agenda." - Financial Times (£)

  • Prime Minister 'chillaxes' with a pub drink ahead of G20 summit - Daily Telegraph
  • Cameron fiddles while the Tory brand burns - Tim Montgomerie, The Times (£)

The political life of Stephen Dorrell - BBC

George Carey hits back at Nick Herbert over gay marriage

Screen shot 2012-06-18 at 08.36.26"This debate is not about the dignity and rights of gay and lesbian people, who already have the benefits of marriage through civil partnerships, but about a change in the definition of marriage for everyone. Does he realise the extent to which this so-called “consultation”, with no backing from his party’s manifesto, is leaving many people alienated and distant from his government? It is in fact the supporters of traditional marriage who have been accused of bigotry and homophobia — the kind of intolerant and judgmental language he talks about in his interview." - Letter in The Times (£)

  • Lord Maginnis has whip withdrawn by Ulster Unionists after comparing homosexuality to bestiality - The Guardian

100 doctors a year retire on £3.5m pension pots - Daily Telegraph

Gove cuts modules but gives way on A-level shake-up

"Dropping the system of modules would halve the number of exams that pupils sit in the sixth form, allowing more time for teaching, and curtail the culture of multiple re-sits. Mr Gove, the Education Secretary, originally wanted to revert to traditional, two-year A levels to maximise in-depth learning. However, he has faced resistance from head teachers and vice-chancellors, backed by the exams regulator Ofqual." - The Times (£)

  • Conservative backbenchers and Downing Street back Education Secretary over Leveson outburst - Daily Mail
  • Murdoch is under pressure to disclose to Leveson text messages from second previously undisclosed mobile telephone - Daily Telegraph

Care home failings 'are fuelling child sex abuse' MPs warn after branding system 'not fit for purpose' - Daily Mail

Maude to set out plans for civil service shake-up

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"Rigid Whitehall hierarchies in which civil servants work at 13 different grades in some departments are to be broken down as part of a new push to modernise Britain's government machinery. Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office minister, will outline the changes to MPs on Tuesday and will follow the example of Tesco, which has 10 grades between a shelf stacker and its chief executive. The streamlining of grades is one of a series of ideas adopted by Maude and Sir Bob Kerslake, the new head of the civil service, for the civil service reform plan." - The Guardian

Families £34 a month worse off than a year ago - Daily Express

Coalition split looms over local pay agreements

"Nick Clegg is preparing to veto Chancellor George Osborne's controversial proposal to introduce local pay agreements throughout the public sector. The Liberal Democrats have become increasingly hostile to the idea, amid growing fears that it would widen the north-south divide and provoke a backlash from voters in the north of England. Mr Osborne has asked the public sector pay review bodies to consider the scope for local agreements on the grounds that the present national bargaining system drives up local wage levels in the private sector." - The Independent

Davey warns on wind power subsidy cuts

Screen shot 2012-06-18 at 08.49.50"Ed Davey, energy secretary, has warned Conservative colleagues not to play “fast and loose” with investors in onshore wind farms, as a cabinet row looms over subsidy levels. Downing Street is putting pressure on the Liberal Democrat minister to scale back subsidies, amid calls from more than 100 Tory MPs to reduce support for wind farms, which they say produce expensive power and ruin the countryside. Mr Davey, in a Financial Times interview, said if politics prevailed over evidence it would send a damaging message to international investors in the energy market, removing the predictability they seek." - Financial Times (£)

Interview in full

  • LibDems insist that Hammond Trident decision won't affect Trident alternatives review - Financial Times (£)
  • SNP anger over ‘obscenity’ of new £1bn nuclear submarine order - Scotsman
  • Anger over Hammond plan to axe the the Duke of Wellington’s battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment - Daily Express

Niall Ferguson in the first of his Reith Lectures: Why the young should welcome austerity

Screen shot 2012-06-18 at 08.39.49"I want to suggest that the biggest challenge facing mature democracies is how to restore the social contract between the generations. It is surprisingly easy to win the support of young voters for policies that would ultimately make matters even worse for them” But I recognise that the obstacles to doing so are daunting. Not the least of these is that the young find it quite hard to compute their own long-term economic interests. It is surprisingly easy to win the support of young voters for policies that would ultimately make matters even worse for them, like maintaining defined benefit pensions for public employees. If young Americans knew what was good for them, they would all be in the Tea Party." - BBC

Ruth Davidson fined for failing to declare two donations - Herald Scotland

Caroline Spelman's son posts online video attacking parents of after rugby ban - Daily Mail

(Triumph for rain goddess Environment Secretary as Britain faces wettest June for 150 years) - Daily Express

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