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Saturday 16th June 2007

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YourPlatform: Brooks Newmark MP defends the private equity industry

STAND UP, SPEAK UP

"David Cameron, the Conservative Party leader, has pledged an unprecedented change in policy making by committing the party to giving the public a direct say in shaping the Tories' election manifesto. The Conservatives are to launch the most extensive grassroots policy debate in British political history, called Stand up, Speak up - The Nation's Dispatch Box." - Telegraph

CAMERON BACKS MAYOR IDEA

"David Cameron was facing criticism from his own ranks after he swung behind plans tabled yesterday by Lord Heseltine for US-style directly elected mayors to run big city counc ils across England." - Guardian

EMISSIONS TARGET WILL COST JOBS


"The head of the main union representing steelworkers has accused Welsh Conservative Assembly leader Nick Bourne of endangering jobs in the steel industry by backing a 3% carbon dioxide emission reduction target for the National Assembly." - Western Mail

GOVERNMENT STILL TRYING TO CHANGE SMACKING LAWS

"The Government reignited the controversy over the smacking of children today by launching a opinion poll among parents on reform of the law in England and Wales. Traditionally parents who smacked their children were able to claim a defence of reasonable punishment, but in 2004 the scope of this defence was limited by Section 58 of the Children Act, so that severe assaults and cruelty were no longer covered." - Times

>>> Dr Andrew Lilico wrote about this subject for YourPlatform recently

WHY ALL THE SIGNS?

"The definition of an enclosed public space and of a workplace is broadly comprehensible to almost everyone. So there need be no “No smoking” notices in buses, trains, cinemas, pubs or offices – let alone cathedrals. None. Literally millions of these tin and plastic pimples on our ambience can be scrapped overnight." - Matthew Parris in the Times

THE FALKLANDS TEST

"Is Lady Thatcher right that it provides a permanent example of the rewards of courage in the never-ending struggle against evil? Or was it an anomaly, a set of circumstances unimaginable in the modern world? Actually, both could be true. Even at the time, the Falklands crisis seemed unbelievable, and it came almost without warning. Its importance is that it provided Britain with an astonishing test, which we passed. Today, the test, set by everything that has happened since September 11, 2001, is more astonishing still. What is so fascinating is that no one yet knows whether we are passing it or not." - Charles Moore in the Telegraph

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