David Cameron's Europe veto change and a new push for an in/out referendum lead our teatime newslinks
DAVID CAMERON'S VETO QUESTIONED
- MPsETC: The veto "is no more", it "has ceased to be", it is "bereft of life", it "rests in peace"
- Cameron arguing for 'growth agenda' at EU summit - BBC
- Columnist Andrew Lilico: The Government has capitulated on the "veto" - so now what?
- "He could, however, take other EU countries to court over the inappropriate use of the EU institutions. As Iain Duncan Smith noted yesterday, the institutions are the property of all EU member states, including the UK which happens to pay roughly 12% of their budgets." - Mats Persson
- "There isn’t normally a prime ministerial statement after an informal European Council like this one but one Tory MP told me he was sure there would be an attempt to table an urgent question and drag Mr Cameron to the Commons. “He’d better explain quickly,” one Tory MP said, “or he’s going to get his backside kicked.”" - Gary Gibbon
- "Guido hears that the Eurosceptics and other assorted agitators on the Tory benches will be meeting to war-game and plot around the possible compromise on EU institutions and the European Stability Pact in advance of the PM’s statement tomorrow." - Guido Fawkes
- Daniel Hannan MEP on Comment: Is a referendum on EU membership right in principle?
- MPsETC: The People's Pledge EU referendum campaign may not succeed, but it certainly deserves to do so
- Labour Europhiles should support a referendum on the EU - Ian McKenzie for LabourList
- "I am confident that the campaign will succeed. After today, no one can plausibly claim that it is possible to get powers back from Brussels while remaining within the EU." - Daniel Hannan's blog
STEPHEN HESTER'S BONUS
- "The government has said it will not block bonuses to other RBS executives, after chief executive Stephen Hester decided to waive his award of £963,000 in shares." - BBC
- Congratulations to Ed Miliband and Chuka Umunna on forcing Stephen Hester to forego his bonus – you just cost the British taxpayer £329m - Toby Young
- "By flirting with the mob over Mr Hester's bonus, Mr Cameron has given wings to the anti-capitalist campaign, with terrible long-term consequences for all of us. Over time, I suspect, his position will look foolish and incredible." - Benedict Brogan
- "Perhaps, if he does leave and RBS gets along just fine, we will see this as another nail in the coffin of the myth of the super-banker. But if RBS struggles – and we have to pay for it – we’ll know who to blame." - Tom Bradby
- Stephen Hester's bonus is a sideshow; the real issue is what's become of our £45bn - Jeremy Warner
- The markets don’t care about Hester’s bonus - LeftFootForward
- LISTEN: William Hague: "We have taken a lot of action on bonuses, they are now a fraction of what they were"
- WATCH: Ed Miliband: "We've got to have responsibility in the boardroom when... living standards are being squeezed"
OTHER TORY & POLITICAL NEWS
- Anti-social behaviour: Police 'will be forced to act' - BBC
- "Eyebrows are being raised across Europe after Angela Merkel pledged to join Nicholas Sarkozy on the campaign trail in his bid to be re-elected French president later this year." - Guardian
- Ken caught out: "[I]f Boris Johnson’s opponents want to put his stewardship of public transport at the heart of this election battle, they will have to make a convincing case, at least as far as the Underground is concerned." - FactCheck
- Chris Huhne: vultures gathering over speeding claims? - BBC
- Lib Dems fight govt on ‘ambulance chasers’ - FT Westminster
- Local government: Tory councillor quits over Council Tax rise