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Sunday 7th October 2007

10.00pm ToryDiary: Lower taxation is back in fashion

8.30pm BritainAndAmerica: Doctrinal versus dispositional conservatism

11.45am ToryDiary: Black Saturday? Yellow Saturday? Ratner Saturday?

11.15am PlayPolitical: Andrew Marr tells the nation that Brown won't be calling an election

10.23am ToryDiary: Brown is treating the British people like fools says Cameron

DonalblaneyDonal Blaney: How to build on this momentous weekend

ToryDiary: ConservativeHome credited with throwing Brown's announcement plans into disarray

Columnist Graeme Archer: The rise of the machines...

"Gordon Brown and Labour. Close your eyes for a moment. What did you see?

Sunshine? Happy faces? Did you feel bathed in joy?

I saw: blackness. Ugly faces contorted in hate (to coin a phrase). Metal boxes, the height of skyscrapers, set out in a row and stretching far into the distance. If I listen carefully I can hear a frantic scrabbling and scratching at the walls from within..."

In case you haven't heard...

"Gordon Brown was last night engaged in a fight for his credibility after he dramatically ruled out an autumn general election, ending weeks of speculation that he would launch a three- week campaign on Tuesday. The Prime Minister was embroiled in a political crisis of his own making after he was forced into what was widely seen as an astonishing own goal in allowing speculation of an early poll to build up near-unstoppable momentum." - Independent on Sunday

"The Prime Minister has gone quite abruptly from the Father of the Nation, to whom we turned to get away from the gimmickry and spin of Blair, to a politician driven by crude electioneering." - John Rentoul in The Independent on Sunday

READ ALL OF CONSERVATIVEHOME'S COVERAGE OF LABOUR'S BLACK SATURDAY HERE

Timeline of Labour's many attempts to build election fever - BBC

 A summary of the overnight polls that showed opinion was turning against Labour and towards David Cameron - Yorkshire Post

Cameron_david_at_computer Cameron writes for The Sunday Times

Describing his political agenda as "balanced", the Tory leader concludes: "For Mr Brown it is always politics before government. Such a partisan approach is not a strength but a weakness. It is why I'm confident that at the next election, whenever it comes, the British people will conclude that it is indeed time for change - real change that only a Conservative government can bring." 

Douglas Alexander, Ed Balls and Ed Milliband are blamed for this "catastrophic error"

'Long before Mr Brown took over from Mr Blair, "Gordon's three musketeers" - as one Minister referred to the gung-ho trio - decided his best hope of winning his own mandate from voters was to have an Election as soon as possible... Secondly, they calculated it would pressurise the Tories to breaking point. Until last week, it looked to be working, with the Tories in disarray, seemingly unable to decide whether they wanted to hug a hoodie or lock him in irons." - Mail on Sunday

Alan Johnson and Jack Straw were over-ruled by the young turks - Observer

Cameron reunited the Conservative coalition

"The Conservative Party conference, which had looked likely to be a bear garden of recrimination and conflict, was transformed into a festival of sweetness and unity by the prospect of a November poll. Jolted and bruised by the failure of his swerve to the Left, Mr Cameron - though he busily denies it - swerved decisively and unashamedly back to the Right at Blackpool. He blew every dog-whistle possible, from immigration and crime to the EU and tax cuts, and seemed at last to have found a voice in which to speak to staunch Tory and floating voter alike. His core voters responded handsomely and quickly to his call, closing the gap in the polls that followed Mr Brown's surprise honeymoon with Middle Britain." - Mail on Sunday leader

Overwhelming support for Tory cut in inheritance tax

By 71% to 17% voters told BPIX that they supported the Tory plan for inheritance tax. By 82% to 7% they support the Tory plan to cut stamp duty. The data appears in a Mail on Sunday poll which gives the Conservatives a 39% to 38% lead overall.

"Osborne's inheritance tax sweetener for the affluent middle classes worked its magic. Labour's polling and focus groups prove that. In 17 key marginal seats in London and the southeast, inheritance tax is a hot button issue. Men, statistically, may not care much about handing property down to their children but women do. In key constituencies, female voters who had deserted Cameron flocked back. Brown had factored in a good Cameron speech. He is a realist. What he had not reckoned on was the effect of a ruthless tax cut targeted at the better off in the very marginals that he needs to win." - Martin Ivens in The Sunday Times 

"If one thing more than any other burst Brown's bubble it was Shadow Chancellor George Osborne's pledge that no-one with an estate worth less than £1m should pay death duties. If Labour is now forced to adopt the same plan it will be a good policy, albeit one undertaken for paltry, party political, reasons." - Scotland on Sunday leader

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