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Breakdown Britain.

"David Cameron called yesterday for everyone to become engaged in the fight against social breakdown - and declared that parents should be shamed into bringing up their children properly." - Times

"Suddenly his core political message about "social breakdown" and the need for increased "social responsibility" seems a lot more relevant. The last thing Mr Cameron wants is to be seen scoring political points over Rhys's killing. But there is no escaping the fact that his message chimes louder amid the public outrage." - Telegraph

"The shooting of 11-year-old Rhys Jones was a shocking event; but, as David Cameron pointed out in a speech yesterday, our streets have become so lawless and gang-infested that, before long, we may reach a stage where we are no longer shocked by the killing of children by children." - Telegraph leader

"Children cannot and certainly should never be “nationalised” but the gang and its mentality cannot be the only alternative to the family. Society has not disappeared in the most deprived areas of Britain. Yet it is for its members to choose to reactivate themselves." - Times leader

First female Tory MP in Wales predicted

Daviessuzy "Wales will have its first Conservative female MP if Suzy Davies makes history and seizes Brecon and Radnorshire from the Liberal Democrats at the next general election. The newly-selected candidate has already turned her guns on the Lib-Dems for their role in the failed attempt to form a coalition with the Tories and Plaid Cymru." - Western Mail

Meanwhile, the Welsh Conservatives have made an official complaint about Rhodri Morgan's appointment of Counsel General - Western Mail

Daily Mirror mole attempt doesn't compare to past tactics

"It is not, of course, the first time that a newspaper has resorted to deception to get a scoop. Yet, in the 1920s, when the Tories were led by the mild-mannered Stanley Baldwin, it too played the espionage game." - Graham Stewart in the Times

Kennedy doesn't rule out a comeback

"Former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy has refused to rule out making a return to frontline politics. Mr Kennedy stood down as leader in January last year, days after admitting he had an alcohol problem." - BBC

Working for BBC like working for Stalin's Russia

Jeremypaxman "The licence fee will soon be indefensible if the BBC does not maintain quality by investing in its flagship programmes, Jeremy Paxman claimed yesterday. The presenter of Newsnight gave warning that the BBC’s licence fee funding would become a thing of the past unless it was able to articulate “a clear sense of purpose and express it through much better protection of the defining brands”." - Times

Jeremy Paxman in today's Guardian.

Public disapproval of the very rich

"The YouGov survey of 3,000 people found that best-selling authors should only receive £80,000 a year, while a reasonable pay packet for Prime Minister Gordon Brown was £135,000, more than £50,000 less than his actual salary of £187,000." - Independent

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