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Sunday 15th March 2009

11.15pm Seats and candidates: Woking MP Humfrey Malins to step down

6.45pm Graeme Archer on CentreRight examines Labour MP Emily Thornberry's suggestion that the rich have done best out of the good times and should share their gains with the rest of us...

...But who is this rich group? Bankers? No, says Graeme - it's mainly the public sector.

2.30pm Harry Phibbs on CentreRight: What Gordon Brown should apologise for

Picture_201.30pm WATCH: David Cameron releases sixty second video explaining why he apologised for Tory stance on economy


Mark Wallace on Local government: How independent are the Independent Remuneration Panels of local government?

David T Breaker on Platform: Printing Money - Warnings from History

Parliament: Should male MPs have to wear ties in the Commons?

David Cameron's personal rating up 17% - Yesterday's ToryDiary

George Osborne: Brown is strutting on the world stage but the real work is at home - The Sunday Telegraph

Merkel_angela France and Germany say no to Brown's G20 plan for coordinated new fiscal stimulus - Observer | Independent on Sunday

G20 nations must pledge to stop protectionism - Sunday Times leader

Labour MPs want 45p tax band for top earners to be introduced now - The Sunday Times

Third of constituencies have more jobless than when Tories left power - Independent on Sunday

Vince Cable: RBS collapse would have wiped out the budget of an independent Scotland - BBC

Davies_david Conservative MP David Davies seeks ban on abusive protests against serving military personnel - BBC

> Listen to David Davies on the Today programme

"It is the absolute right – and in many ways the duty – of a free subject of the Crown to protest against any war he or she feels to be wrong. I have been against the Iraq War since before it began and am likewise against the ill-considered adventure in Afghanistan. But such protests can only be made if they are based upon a deep loyalty to and love for this country and its people. To anyone who has such feelings, the idea of jeering at honest, courageous soldiers is repulsive." - Peter Hitchens in the Mail on Sunday

John Rentoul: Michael Gove has smashed and grabbed Labour's rhetorical crown jewels

"That is why Michael Gove's speech last week was significant. The Conservative schools spokesman is like one of those boys on motorbikes who have been putting a sledgehammer through the plate glass of Oxford Street jewellers recently in broad daylight. Gove has driven up to Labour's shop front and raided its finest language – right in front of bemused onlookers. "For the modern Conservative Party, education reform is a moral crusade," Gove said, quoting Harold Wilson. He spoke of "equality" and his desire to "restore faith in the capacity of people working together to achieve more through their common endeavour than they can as isolated individuals", quoting Blair's rewrite of Clause IV. And he spoke of "the fierce urgency of now", although that was Martin Luther King's rather than strictly Labour property." - John Rentoul in the Independent on Sunday

The role of Andy Coulson, communications guru, within Project Cameron

"Andy Coulson, the chief of spin, [is] a dominating and domineering figure according to those who chafe in his grip. His power is derived from the huge importance his leader attaches to presentation. Mr Coulson is resented by members of the Tory frontbench for the power of his veto and the enthusiasm with which he wields it. On some accounts, he treats the shadow cabinet as if he were still editor of the News of the World and they were the hacks on his spike. They grumble that he gets his kicks from telling them what they can't do rather than facilitating opportunities for Tory frontbenchers to act and speak." - Andrew Rawnsley in The Observer

David Lidington: Binyam Mohamed should be considered for deportation - The Sunday Telegraph

Picture_17 Tory candidate Charlie Elphicke elevated to "Dover MP" in report on Calais refugee camp - News of the World

Profile of Labour MP and blogger Tom Harris - The Sunday Times

Labour activists in rebellion after they are ordered to select woman to replace John Reid - Scotland on Sunday

Obama accused of lack of focus

"The billionaire investor Warren Buffett, a friend of Mr Obama, last week criticised the president's determination to press ahead with expensive liberal pet projects like healthcare reforms when he should be devoting all everything to the economy. "Job one is to win the war, the economic war. Job two is to win the economic war - and job three," he said. "You can't expect people to unite behind you if you're trying to jam a whole bunch of things down their throat."" - The Sunday Telegraph


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