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The debate over child benefits and the €urozone crisis top today's teatime newslinks

CHILD BENEFITS

  • OsborneChild benefit cut will go ahead, says Osborne - BBC
  • .... and said it was only ''fair'' that the better off made a contribution towards paying down Britain's record debts - Telegraph
  • Osborne: 'Child benefit cuts are fair' - Telegraph
  • Iain Martin: "As the Prime Minister belatedly points out in an interview with the House magazine, this creates a “cliff-edge” effect. You don’t say. Someone just below the cut-off point is eligible for child benefit, and someone earning only a few hundred pounds more is clobbered" - Iain Martin's Blog
  • Columnist Andrew Lilico: For a family on £80,000, Child Benefit is a tax rebate
  • Fraser Nelson: 'IDS must stay the course on welfare reforms' - Spectator

€UROZONE CRISIS

  • Europe€urozone nations face S&P downgrade - FT 
  • €urozone crisis live from the Guardian and the Telegraph
  • Greek debt talks stalls as France set to be downgraded - Times (£)
  • Rating agency to downgrade France - Sky News
  • James Forsyth: "2012 has, so far, been relatively quiet on the euro front. But expect the issue to return to centre stage over the coming weeks. There are the downgrades coming tonight – France is apparently not the only eurozone country that S&P will mark down with Austria set to lose its AAA rating too" - Spectator
  • €uro plunges on France rating fears - Guardian

REFERENDUM ON SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE

  • SalmondSalmond attacks the "bullying tactics" of the UK, likening it to Britain's treatment of Ireland - Guardian
  • The First Ministers of Wales and Northern Ireland make a unity plea to Scotland, concerned with an English dominated Westminster parliament - Guardian
  • If Scotland decides to leave the Union, Cameron should resign says Lord Ashdown - Telegraph
  • Jim Murphy says Labour must lead the fight to keep Scotland in the Union - Guardian
  • Benedict Brogan: 'Why the Treasury is asking about Scotland's credit rating' - Telegraph
  • Jeremy Warner: 'Scotland's sterling issue makes independence problematic' - Telegraph
  • Gerry Hassan: 'Independence could revitalise Scotland - and England too' - Guardian

CAMERON'S VISIT TO SAUDI ARABIA

GOVE'S CALL TO SACK BAD TEACHERS

OTHER TORY & POLITICAL NEWS

  • Hague_william_nwHague appears for calm in Pakistan amid fears the army may be staging a coup - Press Association
  • Richard Norton-Taylor: 'Ministers' role in the Libyan renditions must not be kept secret' - Guardian
  • 'Chris Huhne takes solar subsidy cuts ruling to the court of appeal' - Guardian
  • Daniel Hannan MEP: "Twenty-six EU leaders are reported to have agreed a new draft for the FU Treaty. Although the text is not yet available, it apparently still makes references to the EU institutions. On what possible legal basis, though, can it do so?" - Telegraph

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