Newslinks for Monday 5th November 2012
5.30pm Roger Evans AM on Comment: Would you like a public appointment? Here's a guide to succeeding...
Noon Columnist Andrew Lilico: Bruce Anderson is wrong --- The Conservative Party has failed to win power by ignoring its intellectuals
11am ToryDiary: Reckless talk costs confidence
Two views of the living wage:
- Sam Bowman on Comment: There's a better way of delivering a 'living wage' to the low-paid and that's a starting income tax threshold of £12,875
- The Deep End suggests a grand bargain: "A living wage in return for the localisation of benefit rates and public sector pay".
John Bald on Local government: Teachers are bullied into cheating on coursework grading
PM to announce creation of new NHS hi-tech brain clinics that will help cut diagnosis time for dementia from 18 months to just three - Daily Mail
David Cameron and Philip Hammond arrive in the Gulf for defence talks
"This is Mr Cameron's second visit to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia as prime minister. Britain is hoping to sell Typhoon jets to both countries, despite recent allegations about human rights abuses."- BBC
- The Telegraph reports that the PM aims to sell as many as 100 British-made fighter jets worth billions of pounds to Gulf leaders.
“Most people get up in the morning, work hard, come back late and can only afford to have one or two children. They look down the road to the house with the curtains closed, no-one going out to work but lots of kids around. It’s dividing society. The way you bring society back together again is to get the idea of taking responsibility, and fairness for those who pay the bills.” - Quoted in The Sun
When Iain Duncan Smith talks so openly about Britain surviving outside of the EU, you know the game has changed - Express leader
"Iain Duncan Smith insisted Mr Cameron deserved “credit” for his tough stance on the budget and repatriating powers ahead of what could be another bruising week for the Tory leader. He also confirmed the Prime Minister would pledge a referendum on Britain’s relationship with the EU – saying it was just a matter of “when and on what”." - Yorkshire Post | Daily Mail
> Yesterday's ToryDiary: IDS urges Eurosceptics to give Cameron more credit (while flirting himself with leaving EU)
Mark Reckless claims Cabinet minister considered joining budget rebels and resigning - Guardian
After last week's political opportunism, Ed Miliband has to ensure his party counters the nation's growing anti-EU sentiment - Jackie Ashley in The Guardian
George Osborne's child benefit changes fail all three tax tests - Daily Mail leader
- The UK has the ninth highest tax burden for people earning over £125,000 in a list of 26 countries - Telegraph
- Households face £1,230 bill to plug public sector pension black hole - Telegraph
Countryside campaigners have accused the government of creating a developers' charter with its Growth and Infrastructure Bill - BBC
Just one in seven may turn out for police commissioner elections - Telegraph
Maria Miller threatens BBC with full public inquiry over Jimmy Savile - Metro
- Claims that top Tory abused boys 'must be investigated again' says children's commissioner - Daily Mail
> Yesterday's column from Nadine Dorries MP: The more who disclose historical abuse, the more people will become confident enough to open up to share their own experience
Tory MP Charlie Elphicke warns that the Charity Commission is “committed to the suppression of religion” after it threatens tax status of churches - Telegraph
Steve Hilton is unlikely to return to David Cameron’s side, according to friends - Times (£)
Chris Bryant demands that all txts between Cameron and Rebekah Wade be published - The Drum
Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson marks first anniversary in post - Rutherglen Reformer
Brian Monteith imagines the anniversary speech that Ms Davidson should give - but won't: "We must, therefore, recognise that the devolution settlement needs a new federal Britain where Scotland stands proudly within the British family. We can reduce the number of politicians, we can reduce the amount of government – call it Devo Simple or Devo Federal – but we must become the advocates of positive change rather than the beleaguered rearguard against inevitable defeat. Only then, for us, can things get better.” - Scotsman
Michael Moore to warn that Scotland would have its credit rating downgraded - Scotsman
- Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council, denounced separatism and insisted the "word of the future is union" - Herald
Nick Clegg makes childcare his new priority
"Nick Clegg has made cutting childcare costs his new priority for the Liberal Democrats in government. The Deputy Prime Minister wrote to more than 100,000 party supporters yesterday with a mission statement to help women back to work." - Times (£)
Read the letter at LibDemVoice.
"Iain Duncan Smith praised his record as a governor and businessman and complained that the Republican presidential candidate had been wrongly portrayed as "stupid". He also pointed out that under Barack Obama the US deficit had "gone from something like 4-500 billion dollars to three or so trillion dollars", and suggested the superpower's economy was stagnating." - HuffPo
- American voters have a choice between two very different parties, so unlike Britain - Simon Heffer in the Daily Mail
- Obama makes speeches. Romney makes deals - Tim Montgomerie in The Times (£)
- Boris Johnson would vote for Mitt Romney if he ordered US diplomats to pay London's congestion charge - Telegraph
- "Obama’s stimulus packages never delivered what they promised, the US budget deficit and national debt are far too high and the Fed will eventually have to tighten its dangerously loose monetary policy. Whoever is elected tomorrow will need to think very differently if they are to begin tackling America’s jobs nightmare." - Allister Heath in City AM
Businesses could get tax breaks if they pay all their staff a “living wage”, under proposals to be launched by Ed Miliband on Monday - FT (£)
Telegraph view: "Higher wage costs could make companies reluctant to invest in Britain, or lead them to shed staff rather than raise salaries. Bringing in a living wage for government workers would make things even harder for firms in deprived areas, where the state often dominates the economy excessively already. Of course, everyone should be paid a comfortable wage. But the only way to achieve that is to ensure that workers have the skills, and the economy has the flexibility, to deliver growth."
And finally... Gordon Brown's difficulty with names
"JC Gray is only called JC Gray because of Gordon Brown’s total inability to say difficult names. He tried several times to get the hang of saying ‘Jean Christophe’ when barking out instructions to the new recruit in his private office, before the solution of using ‘JC’ was suggested to him instead. To avoid confusion, everyone else started referring to Jean Christophe as ‘JC’ as well, and that became his name. There but for the grace of God went we all. Shortly afterwards, another new recruit – the wonderful Rita Patel, now Mrs Phil French – joined the private office, and having been warned about JC’s experience, she was determined not to be similarly re-named. So when Gordon introduced her happily as ‘Ruth’ to a large gathering of external businesspeople on her first day in the job, she shouted at him: “It’s Rita, Chancellor, RITA!” I’d like to say that he coolly replied: “OK Rita, but it’s not Chancellor, it’s Gordon”, but I think he was too taken aback. He never got her name wrong again though." - Damian McBride
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