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Friday 22nd June 2007

Evening ToryDiary: EU summit latest

5pm Seats and candidates: Zac wins Sainsbury's referendum

4.45pm ToryDiary: The return of 'Good week, bad week'

PICK OF THE WEB

  • Robin Millar, in the tradition of Sir Isaac Newton, is attempting to sum up local government in three laws
  • Graeme Archer reviews last night's Intelligence Squared/Times debate - "Lord Reith is dead. Long Live Big Brother"
  • Wat Tyler of Burning Our Money has written a must-read post about the dangers of charities receiving state funding
  • Iain Dale is boldly claiming that Brown's latest gimmicky idea is to bring Sir Alan Sugar into his Cabinet
  • David Davies finishes his stint on the Cornerstone blog with a call for the laws on female circumcision to be properly enforced
  • Tamzin Lightwater has made an appearance on the Coffee House blog to give a satirical update on David Davis' turnover of staff
  • Dan Hannan MEP is taking bets that there won't be a referendum on the EU treaty under Labour

3.30pm ToryDiary: Does Brown have most to gain from a resurgent Liberal Democrat party?

BuckleupToryDiary: Fasten your seatbelts

Ruthlea
YourPlatform: Ruth Lea of Global Vision says a looser relationship with the EU is both popular and right

EU DOESN'T NEED TO CENTRALISE

David_cameron_eu "This week EU leaders are discussing the wrong issues for the wrong reasons. They should be debating Europe's competitiveness, its contribution to climate change and its role in the developing world. Instead, they are discussing whether and how to concentrate more power in Brussels. The results will present Prime Minister Brown with his first challenge. Will he go along with a centralising agenda in Europe - or will he give a lead on the issues Europe's citizens really care about? If he is ready to do the latter, he will have the Conservative Party's support." - David Cameron in the Telegraph

2min video report on "The rise of the European Superstate" - CNN

If you want to know what is going on at the EU summit, Ben Brogan's blog - our blog of the week - is indispensable.  Latest entries focus on Sarkozy's 'lounge lizard press conference' and UKIP's bulldozer press stunt.  It's unmissable reading at the moment.

ROGER HELMER'S BATTLE VAN

Helmergraphic Roger Helmer MEP has produced the above campaign graphic this morning in association with The Freedom Association.  The graphic will be appearing on a Campaign Van that will this morning set off from London and travel to Northampton, Leicester, Derby, Nottingham and Lincoln.

WORKING CLASS WHITE BOYS STILL FALLING BEHIND

"Most of the persistent low achievers in England's schools are poor and white and far more are boys than girls, a Joseph Rowntree Foundation study says. Chinese and Indian pupils are most successful." - BBC

>>> The Party's social justice policy group published the same findings last November

BERNARD MANNING TORIES

"Now who do you want to govern you, the optimist or the pessimist? The one who thinks we can be a united, progressive, diverse and tolerant nation, or the one who thinks the country went to the dogs (and the blacks, the Asians, “Europe”) long ago? The one who looks forward, or the one who thinks there’s nothing to be done. This is what Mr Cameron is trying to teach his out-of-touch, negative, intolerant and divisive party." - Alice Miles in the Times

Dale_iain NO NIGHT OF THE LONG KNIVES

"Many Conservatives believe that if the party is serious about preparing for government, Cameron should bring in a few greybeards with experience. I'm told they will be disappointed. Cameron believes the only way to fight Brown's Cabinet of new faces is to freshen up his own team with some young, energetic members of the class of 2005. Gove is one, Ed Vaizey might be another and Maria Miller could be the third." - Iain Dale in the Telegraph (and on his blog).

DUNCAN JOINS THE PRIVATE EQUITY FRAY - ATTACKS "MOB RULE"

"A political dispute over private equity blew up on Thursday, with the Tories accusing some Labour MPs on a Commons inquiry of “shame­ful and self-indulgent” attacks. The opposition party has to date kept clear of the furore over private equity, refusing to be drawn on mounting political pressure for a much tougher tax and regulatory regime. But Alan Duncan, the shadow trade and industry secretary, on Thursday sprang to the defence of the beleaguered sector." - Financial Times

>>> Brooks Newmark MP recently defended the industry on ConservativeHome

I AINT NO TORY

"When shadow chancellor George Osborne - on behalf of David Cameron - invited me to join the shadow cabinet, his purpose was surely just to undermine the Liberal Democrats. But I am not a Tory, and if I merely wanted a fast track to a top job, I would have acted on this instinct a long time ago." - David Laws in the Guardian

THE NEED FOR THE NEW CULTURE FORUM

"The only dark moment came when someone made a remark about the arrival in Downing Street of the mighty handbag and its formidable bearer. There were groans all round. One don theatrically covered his ears, as if trying to hide from the awful news. “It’s the death of intellectual freedom in this country,” another wailed.In the 13 years that followed I never met a single academic who didn’t hate Thatcher. Nor an actor, writer, musician, artist or anyone else who worked in culture." - Richard Morrison in the Times

BLAIR'S ROAD TO ROME

Tony Blair prepares to convert to Catholicism - The Guardian

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