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Sunday 25th March 2007

7pm ToryDiary update: Danny Kruger's Conservatism of individuals, families and communities

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4.30pm ToryDiary update: The Brown Tories

10.45am ToryDiary update: Cameron steels Tories to oppose Manchester casino

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Christine Constable writes for YourPlatform about discrimination against the English:

"A long list of anti-English rhetoric from all three Scottishocentric leaders of the main three parties, plays increasingly badly with the English public who are fed up with hearing that life saving drugs available in Scotland will be denied to England, that English children will be burdened with £3,000 top up fees, (whilst the Scots and Welsh will not have such fees), that in England lower pay for teachers and nurses is acceptable (despite the cost of living being higher in the South) and that miserly help for English pensioners will continue unchallenged (when compared to the generous support given north of the border.)  We can just imagine the wailing and crying of “foul” had these injustices been perpetrated against the Scots – but no, for some reason the English are expected to shoulder these absurdities with complaint free stoicism."

Osbornegeorge OSBORNE PLEDGES TO FIGHT BROWN'S RAID ON SMALL BUSINESSES

"The Conservatives will oppose the hike in small companies’ corporation tax announced in last week’s budget and pledge to cut the rate if elected.  George Osborne, the Tory shadow chancellor, said he understood the anger of small businesses over the planned rise in the corporation-tax rate from 19% to 22%." - Sunday Times

CAMERON IS A 'ONE MAN CLIMATE CHANGE HAZARD'

"In all, the so-called "green" leader has clocked up a staggering 35,345 air miles - mainly on freebie jaunts paid for by wealthy donors - since taking over as Tory leader 15 months ago.  Environmental campaigners yesterday said they were astonished that Cameron was flying such short journeys. "He's a one-man climate change hazard," said campaigning Lib Dem MP Norman Baker.  "It's almost unbelievable that he would want to choose helicopter journeys for such short journeys which could be done just as quickly by car. He talks green and travels dirty, and fails to practise what he preaches when it comes to green issues."" - Sunday Mirror

Elsewhere in The Sunday Mirror there is a response to attacks on their 'Cameron fails to recycle' story.

LORD (JOHN) PATTEN OBJECTS TO DOORSTEP HANDOUTS TO HOMELESS

"John Patten, a housing minister under Margaret Thatcher, is pressing for the closure of soup kitchens run for the homeless near his London flat.  The Conservative peer and former cabinet minister is demanding action against the mainly Christian charities that offer free food to hundreds of homeless and destitute people every night in Westminster." - Independent on Sunday

"He is a Tory peer who, as housing minister under Margaret Thatcher, tried in vain to end the "appalling scandal" of homeless families living in bed-and-breakfast accommodation.  But John Patten today finds himself under the cosh for calling for the removal of a soup kitchen that feeds the homeless every night on the streets close to his Belgravia apartment, in a block where two-bed homes change hands for £800,000." - Scotland on Sunday

Miliband_david_red_tie HAS BLAIR BACKED MILIBAND FOR THE LABOUR CROWN?

"Tony Blair has told his closest political allies that if David Miliband challenges Gordon Brown for the Labour leadership 'he will win'." - Observer

"Secret plans for Environment Secretary David Miliband to launch a last-minute leadership challenge against Gordon Brown have been discussed by senior Labour MPs.  Sources close to Mr Miliband say he is still under pressure from Tony Blair and his allies to take on the Chancellor in spite of warnings by Labour MPs that it could be political suicide for him." - Mail on Sunday

Straw_jack STRAW TO RUN BROWN'S CAMPAIGN

"Gordon Brown has appointed Jack Straw to run his campaign to be prime minister, making the former foreign secretary frontrunner to get a top job in his administration.  Straw wrote to Labour MPs this weekend telling them that he had accepted the job as Brown’s campaign manager, saying the chancellor was “supremely well qualified” to be the next leader. In doing so, he has ruled himself out of running for the deputy leadership." - Sunday Times

BROWN ATTACKS SNP

"Gordon Brown last night revealed he was placing himself at the heart of Labour's Holyrood election campaign, declaring it was his "duty" to save the Union from the SNP.  In an exclusive interview with Scotland on Sunday, Brown pledged to spend the six weeks before polling day "explaining and exposing" the Nationalists' "disastrous" plans.  The Chancellor ruled out any plans to give more power to the Scottish Parliament saying it was not necessary." - Scotland on Sunday

WHEN CAMERON FIRST MET BROWN

"That both Brown and Cameron have young sons with life-limiting medical conditions might in other circumstances have provided common ground. But they are professional politicians, proud of their self-mastery, who have been circling one another for the past two decades; and neither is about to drop their guard now the fight is ready to start.  There may be more similarities than differences between them - just don't expect them to admit it." - Francis Elliott in The Independent on Sunday

Smoker ILLIBERAL BRITAIN

"The notion that, post-Thatcher, the boundaries of the state have been rolled back is a delusion. Industry is no longer in public ownership; but a schoolgirl can undergo a state-assisted abortion without the knowledge of her parents. Freedom of speech is now, thanks to politically correct gagging legislation, an historical memory. Equality under the law has been reversed, with the doctrine of 'aggravated' offences conferring a privileged status upon certain minority groups, as was enjoyed by post-Conquest Norman nobles until the Magna Carta. Under the pretext of anti-terrorism vigilance, unprecedentedly intrusive measures, including retention of personal DNA, are being implemented.  Now the Leviathan of the state is poised for the most aggressive and all-embracing assault on personal liberties ever conceived, under the banner of combating supposedly man-made climate change. In this darkening landscape, the pathetic figure of the excluded smoker courting pneumonia outside a public house, in pursuit of a modest pleasure, becomes an icon of lost liberty. It is precisely because the freedom to smoke is such a small thing that its prohibition is so significant. When the state has leisure to snuff out our trivial indulgences, it signals it has already occupied all the commanding heights of our formerly free society." - Gerald Warner in Scotland on Sunday

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