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Newslinks for Tuesday 13th November 2012

7.30pm WATCH: Before entering, Nadine Dorries makes predictions about her time in the jungle

Qatada

6pm WATCH: Theresa May: The Government is doing everything it can to make sure we can deport Abu Qatada

4.30pm Columnist Andrew Lilico: Inflation is too high and switching from QE to outright money-printing ain't gonna help

3.30pm ToryDiary: The Post-Bureaucratic Age comes back to life

1.45pm MPsETC: David Cameron's Diwali message

12.30pm ToryDiary: What will George Osborne do about fuel duty?

11.45am WATCH: Nick Clegg announces a "new system of flexible parental leave"

ToryDiary: There he is! The submarine Chancellor surfaces to display his social liberalism in the Times

David DavisAlso on ToryDiary: Invitation to David Davis lecture on Europe

Columnist Peter Hoskin: The media is battling to stay relevant and trusted — as should politicians

Tim Aker on Comment: An EU Exit is now on the agenda 

Local Government: Pickles says imposed unitary status "a complete Horlicks"

The Deep End: The decline of human civilisation: The first forty years

WATCH: Nadine Dorries MP fails her "bug trial"

Conservative MPs side with George Osborne in fuel duty battle — for now

"[Labour's motion to postpose a 3p rise in fuel duty] was defeated by 282 to 234 as Tory rebels backed off in the belief the Government was in 'listening mode'. ... It piles pressure on Mr Osborne to deliver good news in next month’s Autumn Statement. ... One Tory MP told the Sun: 'Many supported the Government tonight on ‘trust’. If the Chancellor does not deliver there will be a lot of angry MPs.'" - Sun

Mr Osborne's summary of the US election: voters want economic toughness and social liberalism

Osborne

"Republicans lost swathes of voters who were on their side of the economic argument because of their positions on social issues. For women, the most important of these became abortion. Two 'Tea Party' Senate candidates escalated the issue with inflammatory arguments about abortion in rape cases. ... I should declare my personal position on these social issues: I wouldn’t change the current abortion laws and I strongly support gay marriage on principle." - George Osborne, The Times (£)

  • George Osborne, Michael Gove and Ed Vaizey are thought to have accepted tickets for all four parts of the Ring cycle at the Royal Opera House that were worth £2,664 - Mandrake column, Daily Telegraph

> Today's ToryDiary: There he is! The submarine Chancellor surfaces to display his social liberalism in the Times

> Yesterday:

David Cameron stands up for the City of London and the defence industry in his Mansion House speech

"In a speech at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet at Mansion House the Prime Minister said last night that the UK should support all sectors of the economy where it had a comparative advantage, including defence. ... The Prime Minister also defended the City of London against critics wanting to “trash” the banks, arguing that financial services underpinned jobs for two million people." - The Times (£)

The Abu Qatada fallout

Qatada"A British immigration court sided with European judges by declaring it would be a breach of the fanatic’s human rights to put him on a plane to face terror charges in Jordan. ... Mr Justice Mitting said that, as a result of his decision, Qatada must be freed from Long Lartin high-security prison on bail terms that allow him to roam the streets for eight hours every day." - Daily Mail

  • "There was never a cat in hell’s chance that he’d be booted out of Britain." - Richard Littlejohn, Daily Mail
  • "The faceless immigration appeals commission has too much power. Why should it have authority on national security over an elected home secretary?" - Sun editorial
  • "Would any other country in the world have been willing to demonstrate its judicial impotence in such a humiliating fashion?" - Telegraph editorial

> Yesterday's ToryDiary: Theresa May vows to fight on, despite Abu Qatada's latest legal victory

Maria Miller criticises George Entwistle's £450,000 BBC pay-off

MAria Miller"Culture Secretary Maria Miller told MPs it was ‘not right’ for Mr Entwistle to be handed such a massive pay-off and urged him to ‘consider whether it is appropriate for him to accept those payments’. ... Mrs Miller, who invited the National Audit Office to investigate the deal said it was a ‘reward for failure’, adding: ‘The circumstances of his departure make it hard to justify the level of severance money agreed.’" - Daily Mail

"The next BBC Director-General is likely to be an outsider" - The Times (£)

> Yesterday:

Jeremy Hunt's "online revolution" in the health service

Jeremy Hunt"Patients will be able to order prescriptions, book GP appointments and even see crucial test results on the internet under an online revolution. ... Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will today pledge the major developments will be delivered within three years — by the next General Election in 2015." - Sun

  • Doctors are threatening to strike over Government plans to change their contracts - Daily Mail
  • Doctors could save the NHS money by using internet services such as Skype, according to legal advisers - Daily Mail
  • Nurses union claims that job cuts are harming care standards - Guardian

Ministers to announce that people can continue to get tax discs and driving licences from local post offices - Daily Telegraph

Damian Green: Police commissioner elections will end 'cosy' relations with officials

"The first ever police and crime commissioner elections on Thursday will mark the end of 'cosy' relationships between chief constables and their police authorities, the policing minister, Damian Green, has told the Guardian. ... As the latest YouGov polling data showed a modest rise in the proportion of voters who are certain to take part, to 28%, Green urged everyone eligible to vote and promised that an oath of impartiality will ensure the commissioners will act on behalf of all constituents." - Guardian

  • The Guardian's Q&A about the elections - Guardian
  • "Police commissioner elections: hardly The Wire, but they still really matter" - Gaby Hinsliff, Guardian

> Yesterday on Local government: Labour's West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner candidate doesn't want the job

IDS's Universal Credit "will not make work pay," warns study - Daily Telegraph

Another obstacle to the proposed boundary changes

Boundary"Conservative hopes of preventing a Labour-Liberal Democrat alliance from deferring plans to revise parliamentary boundaries until after the next election have been dealt a blow. New legal advice given to Labour says the delay is lawful, thus freeing Labour and Lib Dem peers to vote to scupper the reforms." - Guardian

> Yesterday on ToryDiary: The biggest Commons obstacle to the new boundaries could be Conservative MPs themselves

MPs and peers speak out against Coalition plans for "secret justice"

"The Joint Committee on Human Rights said all the evidence it had received - apart from that of the Government - suggested the proposals would mean a ‘radical departure’ from ancient principles of ‘open justice and fairness’. ... In a report published today, it suggests the Government will have difficulty getting the legislation through the House of Lords and will lead to calls for it to be dropped altogether." - Daily Mail

John Whittingdale warns against state regulation of the press

Whittingdale"State regulation of newspapers would set ‘an extraordinarily dangerous precedent’ that would send a message ‘around the world’ that Press freedom wasn’t worth fighting for, a senior MP warned last night. ... John Whittingdale, chairman of the influential Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, said Lord Justice Leveson would send ‘a very dangerous message’ if his inquiry into press standards calls for statutory regulation." - Daily Mail

 > Today's column by Peter Hoskin: The media is battling to stay relevant and trusted — as should politicians

Nick Clegg to announce new family-friendly policies

"Nick Clegg has been forced to drop plans to give fathers six weeks of paid paternity leave, following opposition from Tories and business. ... However, he will unveil a new legal right for fathers-to-be to take unpaid time off work to attend two antenatal classes. ... And he will confirm that, from 2015, mothers and fathers will be able to share the standard 12 months of parental leave between them. Nine months of this will be paid, at the statutory rate." - Daily Mail

Ed Davey's "concern" at allegations of price-rigging in the gas market

"The City watchdog, the Financial Services Authority, is investigating claims by a whistleblower that Britain's £300bn wholesale gas market has been 'regularly' manipulated by some of the big power companies, exploiting weaknesses that echo the recent Libor scandal. ... The energy secretary, Ed Davey, said: 'I am extremely concerned about these allegations and will be keeping in close touch with the regulators while they get to the bottom of this.'" - Guardian

Protest planned ahead of "secretive" Tony Blair speech - Independent

Andrew Adonis: Boarding schools must not be for the rich alone - Andrew Adonis, The Times (£)

Sally BercowSally Bercow apologises over Lord McAlpine tweet - Sun

Executives from Starbucks, Google and Amazon face MPs over tax avoidance - Daily Mail

The Welsh Assemly passes its first Bill - Guardian

A drunken teenager posts a picture of himself burning a poppy on Facebook ... and gets arrested - Daily Mail

1-in-10 Brits are planning to take out a payday loan in the next six months - Sun

Donations to charity fall by £1.7 billion in a year - Daily Mail

And finally (1)... David Cameron's sartorial screw-up

"Lost in thought, David Cameron was the picture of concentration after he gave a stirring warning to those who attacked British banks at a banquet. ... Perhaps he was contemplating his choice of words. ... Or, perhaps, he was trying to work out how to discreetly button up his shirt - which was open from the throat to the navel." - Daily Mail

And finally (2)... Nadine Dorries' jungle torment continues

Nadine

"Ms Dorries bottled out of her first Bushtucker Trial, failing to win any food rations for her campmates. ... The trial - ominously titled Bug Burial - involved the Tory MP lying in an underground coffin as thousands of maggots, crickets and cockroaches were poured on top of her." - Daily Telegraph

"Her mother has spoken out to describe how the MP ‘failed everything’ at school and was a ‘nightmare’ pupil. ... Retired teacher Sylvia Dall also revealed that she had doubted whether her daughter was ‘cut out’ for a political career and warned her: ‘You will never get a good job.’" - Daily Mail

> Today's video to WATCH: Nadine Dorries MP fails her "bug trial"

> Yesterday's video to WATCH: ITV viewers vote for Nadine Dorries MP to face a 'bug trial' in first instalment of I Am A Celebrity

And finally (3)... the OED names "omnishambles" the word of the year - The Times (£) 

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