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Friday 17th November 2006

Later afternoon updates:

1.45pm ToryDiary update: Hodge reported to have attacked Tony Blair's "moral imperialism"

+ Tories make Slough byelection gain (Guardian/PA)... congratulations to Diana Coad

11.45am ToryDiary uypdate: Islamism and the 'deep, deep sleep of England'

BLOGS

ToryDiary: The Spectator's Parliamentarian Awards

YourPlatform: Lessons for Britain from the American conservative movement, by Donal Balney

Seats and Candidates:

Miltonfriedman MILTON FRIEDMAN: THATCHER'S FREEDOM FIGHTER

"Lady Thatcher said last night: "Milton Friedman revived the economics of liberty when it had been all but forgotten. He was an intellectual freedom fighter. Never was there a less dismal practitioner of a dismal science. I shall greatly miss my old friend's lucid wisdom and mordant humour." Mr Friedman, winner of a 1976 Nobel Prize, died in hospital in San Francisco of heart failure, according to his family." - Telegraph

"Friedman did not invent monetarism — it had been first discussed centuries earlier — but he did combine academic pre-eminence and popular showmanship to propel it to the forefront of politics." - Times

"A great believer in unfettered markets, Mr Friedman was the leader of the Chicago School of monetary economics. The central tenet of the school was that the money supply determined inflation." - Guardian

>>> Last night's ToryDiary: Milton Friedman has died

SCHOOL CATCHMENT AREAS

"A group set up by David Cameron to advise on future Conservative policy is strongly recommending breaking up school catchment areas. The co-chair of the public services group, Baroness Perry, says it is an essential part of giving all children the opportunity to go to a good school. She says it is currently often only middle-class families who can live in the catchment areas of good schools." - BBC

BINDING CARBON EMISSION TARGETS

"We do not expect the Government to meet the annual targets precisely each year.  Instead, we have proposed rolling targets, independently set and monitored.  This means the targets can be revised upwards or downwards depending on progress and outside economic factors." - Conservative Research Department note leaked to the Labour Party, cue hysterical reaction from Miliband. (Tip to CCHQ, internet pages are often cached in different stages, so be careful when changing the wording on them)

JAMES GRAY MP DESELECTED

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Image taken from The Telegraph.

"Mr Gray, from Slaughterford, Wiltshire, has represented the area for a decade and had been endorsed as the next candidate in February by a show of hands. But after his affair was exposed, local activists found a clause in the rules that said the selection process should have been carried out with a secret ballot." - Daily Mail

"Now there will be a postal ballot of North Wiltshire Tories, which Mr Gray says he hopes to win." - Bucks Free Press

BROWN TO SIMPLIFY CORPORATE TAX SYSTEM

"Chancellor Gordon Brown will today set out plans to repair fractured relations between business and the Government by introducing measures to clarify tax liabilities. Mr Brown will adopt recommendations by David Varney, the former executive chairman of the Treasury's Revenue & Customs department, that aim to simplify the corporate tax system." - Telegraph

Teanotwar KARMARAMA E-CAMPAIGN TO TARGET YOUTH

"A viral ad campaign featuring distinctly un-Tory language is to be the newest part of Conservative leader - and former Carlton PR chief - David Cameron's campaign to reach out to youth. The Tories will next week launch an online push called "Sort It", based around the website sort-it.co.uk, and the first viral advert will tackle questions of personal finance and responsibility." - MediaGuardian (requires email reg)

OTHER NEWSLINKS

"A Fascist may be a racist but he is not necessarily so; a racist is not always a Fascist either." - Mary Kenny in The Times

Sound the alarm, Nato is failing - Edward Lucas in The Telegraph

"No matter which party’s in power, conservatism is alive and well." - Rich Tucker on American economics (TownHall.com)

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