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Teatime newslinks for Tuesday 8th November 2011

  • On the possible use of rubber bullets by police for protests/riots planned tomorrow: "I think these are matters for the police operationally to take."
  • On benefits: "I think it will teach people a lesson that if you claim benefits, a benefit called Jobseeker's Allowance but you're not looking for work, you can't expect to go on claiming the benefit."
  • On St. Paul's: "I've got this rather quaint view you shouldn't be able to erect tents all over the place, I think protest being something you on the whole should do on two feet rather than lying down, in some cases in a fairly comatose state."
  • In order to empower the Big Society, the government is offering "a big surrender of power from central government to local government"
  • The Prime Minister says that cities "need the ability to have the resources at their disposal to make the big decisions". He adds that he is a "big believer" in mayors, and wants all cities to have them.
  • All the above from the liveblog of David Cameron's appearance before the Liaison Select Committee - PolHome (£)

  • Theresa May: "There are two separate issues. The first is that the Immigration Minister and I did indeed authorise a limited pilot this summer, which, in limited circumstances, allowed UK border force to use more intelligence-led checks against higher-risk passengers and journeys instead of always checking children travelling with parents and in school groups against the warnings index - that's EEA children - and always checking European nationals' second photographs in the children inside their passports, and the results of the pilot are not yet evaluated fully, but statistics do show an almost 10% increase in the detection of illegal immigrants compared to the year before. Now the second issue is that senior UK border force officials without my authorisation, ordered the regular relaxation of border checks" - PolHome
  • "Her argument that this is all the fault of civil servants resonates with many of her colleagues, who blame officials for many woes. Civil servants are also deeply unpopular with many Conservative backbenchers, who are regularly told by ministers that Sir Humphry stops the Government delivering on Tory wishes." - James Kirkup
  • "Asked if there was any question of her resigning over the scandal, Mrs May replied: “No.”" - Daily Telegraph


  • "Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi suffered a huge humiliation in parliament on Tuesday in a vote that indicated he no longer had a majority and ratcheted up pressure for him to resign. Berlusconi's government won a key budget vote after the opposition abstained but obtained only 308 votes compared with an absolute majority in the lower house of 316 votes." - Reuters
  • Sky's Ed Conway tweets: "The Berlusconi effect. Italian 10-yr bond yields just hit a new record EU-high amid suspicion he may cling on"
  • What happens in Italy if Berlusconi goes? - Guardian
  • "Greece's Socialist Prime Minister George Papandreou is expected to name former European Central Bank Vice President Lucas Papademos as prime minister of an interim government, barring any last-minute hitches, a senior party official said Tuesday." - WSJ Europe
  • Once Greece goes, the whole euro project will unravel - Jeremy Warner
  • "George Osborne delays his return to London from Brussels after a row over proposals for a financial transaction tax at a meeting of EU finance ministers." - BBC
  • "As David Cameron indicated in the Commons yesterday, every bit of diplomatic pressure will now be brought to bear on Germany to allow the ECB to print money. The sooner they start, the sooner we will get out of this mess, and the longer they delay, the closer Armageddon comes. It is time to turn on the printing presses." - Daniel Knowles
  • WATCH: George Osborne: "The €urozone now need to convincingly show the world that the firewall exists"