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Tuesday 2nd January 2007

4.45pm ToryDiary update: The case for Union needs to be made to the English, too

Haveyoursay_14HAVE YOU VOTED IN CONSERVATIVEHOME'S MONTHLY SURVEY?

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ToryDiary: The Year of The Striver?

Brian Jenner on YourPlatform: Finding a 'New' Tory Idealism:

"Should we be worried about our own tendencies towards megalomania, greed or stupidity? It seems not. The message is: whatever your personality disorders, unconventional business ethics or unusual sexual proclivities, your community and, more especially, political parties, need you. Do something. Rebuild our fragmented society.  One day you will probably be exposed. Your political career will end in failure and maybe even disgrace. But it’s always been like that, hasn’t it? It’s the things you achieve along the way that matter. So don’t hesitate, send in your forms to join the Conservative Party today…"

TONY BLAIR'S NEW YEAR MESSAGE (FROM MANSION IN FLORIDA)

"Tony Blair declared that Labour was facing its "most difficult time" in government as he used his final new year message as Prime Minister to warn his successors never to turn away from his New Labour philosophy.  The Prime Minister also tried to seal his legacy, insisting that New Labour had produced "the new settlement in British politics" that all opposition parties had to follow." - The Independent

Grayling_chris_1 CHRIS GRAYLING CONDEMNS RAIL FARE RISES

"The Conservatives have accused the government of using rail fare increases to tackle overcrowding." - ePolitix.com

TORIES ISSUE SKILLS REPORT

"The Conservatives' central criticism is that the training system is not sufficiently focused on improving intermediate skills, with employers preoccupied with remedial efforts to improve basic literacy and numeracy at one end of the scale and with training professionals and managers at the other." - FT

Reform_8 NHS WASTES £25BN EVERY YEAR

"The report from the Right-leaning think-tank Reform suggests that financial mismanagement has left the Health Service in chaos - yet spending is still on the rise. While the NHS now costs an extra £35billion per year, only around £10billion has been effectively spent, according to experts at the Rightleaning think tank Reform." - Daily Mail

The Sun Says:

"Hate to say we told you so. But we did warn the Government not to throw good money after bad on the NHS.  Without reforms to streamline the service, we said, it won’t matter how many billions you spend.  Now a respected think-tank agrees. The NHS has gone backwards in the last two years, it says.  Debts are up, reform has slowed down and waiting times — often trumpeted by Labour as having been slashed — are getting longer."

'POORER PUPILS BENEFIT MOST FROM SELECTIVE EDUCATION'

"The 40-year experiment with comprehensive education has failed. It was meant to provide, in Harold Wilson's words, "grammar schools for all", and to lead to increased social mobility. It has done neither. It has not raised standards – and, as the Sutton Trust has recently shown, we now have a less mobile society than in the 1950s and 1960s.  In effect, selection by ability has been replaced by selection by neighbourhood. That is neither sensible, nor egalitarian. It is time to rid ourselves of an outworn dogma and explore practical ways of making our schools as good as we can make them." - Sir Eric Anderson in The Daily Telegraph

CBI WARNING TO BRITAIN'S POLITICIANS

"Business will face a year of political uncertainty as Labour prepares to elect a new Prime Minister and the Conservative Party outlines its policies, the new president of the CBI says today... The CBI has recently given warning that Britain is slipping down the global competitiveness league, partly because its tax regime is now less favourable to business than those of many competitors... The CBI President told politicians not to take shots at business as they begin to jockey for position. Legislation vital to UK competitiveness “must not be derailed by politicians in pursuit of extra votes taking a sideswipe at business, however unwitting”, he said." - Times

Merkel_angela_2_1 GERMANY ACTS TO TACKLE DECLINING BIRTH RATE

"Since yesterday, those giving birth have been entitled to payments of up to €1,800 (£1,200) a month for up to 14 months, depending on previous salary. Those that could not hold on until then missed out on tens of thousands of euros in benefits...  In an initiative to boost the birthrate in Germany, which stands at 1.36 children per woman, compared with a European Union rate of 1.52 and a British rate of 1.8, the rewards have become much higher." - The Times

TORY CONFERENCE CONTRACT

The Daily Telegraph has a report on the new firm given the job of running the Tory conferences.  ConservativeHome is still waiting for answers to its questions about how this contract was awarded.

conservatives.com has posted David Cameron's new year message.

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