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Wednesday 5th April 2006

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Lunchtime update on the ToryDiary:
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY CHAIRMAN ABOUT THE LONDON MAYORALTY

BLOGS

ToryDiary: Telegraph calls for Cameron to apologise for UKIP "mistake"

Iain Dale: LibDems in sweets from strangers leafletting row.

TechCentralStation podcast interview with Charles Murray.

POLITICAL FUNDING

Jonathan Mackie on YourPlatform: State funding - Deal or no deal? 

The Independent: "During a meeting with Mr Blair at the House of Commons last night Mr Cameron outlined his plans to cap donations at £50,000, introduce tax relief for political gifts and sanction a "modest" increase in state funding for parties... The party is hosting a series of public meetings, chaired by the former chancellor Kenneth Clarke, to debate public trust in politics. Mr Clarke said: "David Cameron is meeting with the Prime Minister to discuss party funding, but meetings in Westminster alone are not enough."

Browngordonheadshot PENSIONS

The Guardian: "Gordon Brown moved last night to end the bitter high-level government row over pension reform by announcing that he accepted the principles of the Turner commission proposals.  The chancellor's conversion includes restricting means-testing for benefits, which has been one of his most cherished policies, including phasing out the pension credit - his chosen vehicle for helping Britain's poorest pensioners.  Mr Brown startled and delighted his cabinet colleagues when he said he accepted 95% of the Turner commission proposals and would work to build a cross-party consensus."

TORIES CHOOSE OPEN PRIMARY ELECTION FOR LONDON MAYORAL CANDIDATE

Thetimes_1 The Times: "Tim Montgomerie, who runs the ConservativeHome.com website and campaigns for more openness in the party, welcomed the move. “We need to find a candidate who appeals not just to the Tory rank and file. It could also be a great way to increase party revenue and involve new people in the party,” he said.  “However I don’t think it should rushed. We need to make sure the field is genuinely open to new candidates, and that this isn’t just a way to speed up the selection of the same old faces.”"

CAMERON - THE WORST DRESSED MAN IN BRITAIN

The Tory leader - the 92nd most sexy man in the world - is also Britain's worst dressed man (if you believe any of these surveys!)

OTHER POLITICAL NEWS

Sir Edward du Cann in a letter to The Telegraph: "Opinion polls show that my party, the Conservatives, the only credible alternative government, is making little headway in attracting popular support. This is inexcusable. Why is the official Opposition so timid in attacking the Government's ineptitude? If an election is to be won at the end of this parliament, it is essential that biting criticism of Labour's failures should be persistent and effective. Its record is wide open to attack. Its credibility must be destroyed. Then the electorate will be ready, if not eager, to study and to approve Conservative policies."

ePolitix.com: Blair and Brown launch poll push

OBITUARY

The Guardian: "The former Conservative MP, Sir Anthony Beaumont-Dark, who has died aged 73, was universally known in political circles as the "king of the rentaquote". Typical of his ability to produce pithy - and populist - quotes was his instant undermining of Sir Anthony Meyer, the Tory backbencher who challenged Margaret Thatcher for the party leadership in 1989. The conventional wisdom was that Meyer was Michael Heseltine's "stalking horse"; Beaumont-Dark redubbed him a "stalking donkey"."

PROPORTIONAL MISREPRESENTATION

Ben Shapiro, TownHall.com: "Israel's system of government is deeply flawed. The coalition government system means that only the most middle-of-the-road policies are pursued, even in the face of terrorism. The system means that the clearest of popular mandates still leaves political actors with their hands tied -- no political party has ever won a clear majority in the Knesset. When political actors attempt to take hard-line stands, their coalitions fall apart."

Bushflag_1 GEORGE W BUSH

The Wall Street Journal offers some ideas on "how Republicans can get their mojo back."

Bush Was Right video
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National Review Online: Interview with author of 'Laura Bush: An Intimate Portrait of the First Lady'.

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