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Saturday 11th August 2007

10.30pm ToryDiary: YouGov gives Labour a 10% lead

Pakistanflag 2.15pm Platform: On the 60th anniversary of Pakistan’s creation it’s make your mind up time, President Musharraf argues Ben Rogers

ToryDiary: Now is not the time to announce big tax cuts and New polls will dampen speculation about autumn election

By next spring economic horrors will have killed Brown bounce

"Economic horrors are in store, with the Bank of England promising still higher interest rates. That means, by next May, a whole new tranche of repossessions, insolvencies and business failures. Mr Brown cannot surely want to ask the country for its support while the bailiffs are moving in, can he? If he doesn't go this autumn, he may have to wait a very long time indeed." - Simon Heffer in The Telegraph

£63bn wiped off UK shares - Daily Mail

The part-time Tory frontbench holds 115 paid directorships and other outside interests

"David Cameron’s front-bench MPs and peers hold more than 115 paid directorships and other outside jobs, in addition to their political roles, research by the FT has revealed.  The sheer scale of outside interests is sparking concern within the party that the Tory “part-timers” lack the discipline needed to defeat Labour. But the MPs defend their second jobs, arguing exposure to business im proves their political performance. Analysis of the most recent registers of MPs and peers’ interests reveals the opposition front bench is pursuing an eclectic, and in some cases highly lucrative, range of parallel careers to supplement their Westminster pay." - FT

Parrismatthew Brown's bounce is rooted in him not being Blair

"The wave of national suspicion about Mr Cameron has little to do with Mr Cameron: it is Mr Blair’s spectre the voters flee, and that they think they see grinning behind the Tory leader. The wave of national relief that has greeted Mr Brown’s early weeks has little to do with Gordon Brown – still an unknown quantity – but to a shrewd series of signals he is sending out that, whatever he is, he is not Mr Blair." - Matthew Parris in The Times

Rooney_nike_large Labour wants British football clubs to nurture more home-grown talent

"James Purnell, the Culture Secretary and an Arsenal supporter, has indicated that he wants clubs to devote more money, time and effort to nurturing talented young British footballers, rather than filling their squads with overseas stars. Mr Purnell has privately conveyed to the football authorities his dismay at the way some clubs are failing to encourage domestic talent as they spend huge television revenues." - The Independent

George Galloway will contest next General Election - BBC

Muslim Labour MP targets Tories over parliamentary attitudes to ethnic minorities - Times

ID cards could be used to spy on taxpayers - Daily Telegraph

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