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Newslinks for Wednesday 19th June 2013

Tyrie6.45pm ToryDiary: Andrew Tyrie's bank reform balancing act has successes - and wobbles, too

6pm WATCH: David Cameron and Ed Miliband go head to head on bank regulation

4.15pm Nick de Bois MP on Comment: The use of police cautions is out of hand - they should return to being final warnings

2.45pm ToryDiary: "Prime Minister's questions is a perpetual assault by Mr Cameron on the Labour Party, of a kind which a gifted desk officer in the Conservative Research Department of the late 1980s might make. It is a professional performance, but also a rather mean-spirited and constricted one." - PMQs: David Cameron and Lynton Crosby set out to destroy the Labour Party

1pm ToryDiary: Conservative support rises among the young - presenting an opportunity we must seize

11am ToryDiary: An invitation from Grant Shapps to sponsor James Wharton's EU referendum bill

9.45am Henry Hill's Red, White and Blue column: Villiers to G8 protesters - let's see you make it to remote Fermanagh

ToryDiary: The BBC has been outpaced by reality, and has become unsustainable

Screen shot 2013-06-19 at 07.38.20Columnist Stephan Shakespeare on new polling about the Prime Minister and London's Mayor: "When we look at the words the Johnson-likers use to describe themselves, we find ‘individualistic, knowledgeable, disorganised’, versus Cameron-likers seeing themselves as ‘friendly, organised and hardworking’. Stephen Fry & Eddie Izzard v the England Rugby Team - yes, it's Boris v Cameron

Greg Clark MP's weekly Letter from a Treasury Minister: Who Bolckow and Vaughan were, and why we need successors for them today

Evan Price on Comment: The state should not decide who represents you in court

Yesterday, ethnic minority members. Today, older and young people. Majority Conservatism's series on the challenge of winning a Future Majority continues. Max Chambers: To win, Cameron must make a game-changing offer to the young middle-classes

MPsETC: Bluebirds soar in double demolition

Councillor John Moss on Local Government: Scrap rent control for local tenants

The Deep End: Post-war America: When capitalism was nice

At the G8 summit in County Fermanagh, the West tries to engineer a coup in Damascus...

Screen shot 2013-06-19 at 08.22.02“President Assad’s henchmen would be allowed a role in a rebuilt Syria, world leaders said yesterday in an attempt to encourage a coup against the dictator. Senior figures in the military, security services, and across the Government would survive after Assad had gone, G8 leaders promised at the close of the summit in Northern Ireland…David Cameron said that the G8 wanted to persuade Assad loyalists who knew “in their hearts” that he must go that Syria would not collapse into hopeless instability without him” – The Times (£)

  • What’s to be gained from arming the rebels? - Roger Boyes, The Times (£)
  • Miliband is standing firm on Syria, but is he caught in a trap? - Mary Riddell, Daily Telegraph

...but Putin refuses to bow to G8 pressure to cut Assad adrift...

“Peace talks aimed at bringing and end to the bloody slaughter in Syria are unlikely to take place soon after world leaders failed to make a swift breakthrough. Hopes that both sides could meet in Geneva next month appeared to be dashed today after an isolated President Putin stood up to pressure from all other seven G8 leaders” – The Times (£)

...while Cameron secures a global tax crackdown on secretive firms...

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"David Cameron has ordered a crackdown on secretive firms and trusts as he heralded an historic global deal to stop tax avoidance. The news came as a Number 10’s tax adviser warned that African countries are losing twice as much in avoided tax as they are getting in aid from the West” – Daily Telegraph

  • "The G8 made some progress on tax evasion but the big prize will be new rules to prevent companies shifting profits around the world" - Times Editorial (£)
  • "The G8 summit in Lough Erne has been a curiously flat affair, but David Cameron is right to stress its importance" - Daily Telegraph Editorial

...and journalists watching from afar detect tensions, rivalries and downright loathing

“Officially, it has been the greatest diplomatic shindig in the world. Unofficially? A stewpot of bubbling tensions, rivalries and downright loathing. G8 they call it. G-hate, more like. Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin sat next to each other in one of the little ‘bilaterals’ which have been held at the G8 summit in County Fermanagh. Boxing gloves, please! Did two chaps ever look less thrilled to see one another?” – Quentin Letts, Daily Mail

  • Cameron takes G8 break with early-morning swim – Daily Mail

> Yesterday:

Daniel Finkelstein: We must never forget our debt to America

FINKELSTEIN DANNY 2"British people owe a huge debt to the United States that we don’t often talk about and can easily forget. And these two anniversaries provide a moment for thanks. The proper understanding of Soviet communism that has been achieved after the fall of the Berlin Wall demonstrates that fear of Soviet expansion was not fanciful and that their ambitions did extend to the subverting of Western democracy. And it also shows the poverty and oppression that would have followed had they been successful." - The Times (£)

Miller's child porn summit: £1 million - but no "opt in" porn filters

“Britain's internet giants have agreed to put extra money into the fight against sickening child abuse images – but are refusing to install automatic filters that would force users to ‘opt in’ to online pornography. At a Westminster summit, the top four internet service providers pledged an additional £1million over four years to the Internet Watch Foundation, a charity which works to remove indecent images from the web. Firms including BT, TalkTalk, Facebook and Google signed a ‘zero tolerance’ agreement on child abuse images at the summit, hailed by Culture Secretary Maria Miller as a triumph” – Daily Mail

Britain should reap the rewards of GM crops

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“In a speech tomorrow, Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary, will call for a renewed debate about the use of GM, which is severely restricted in the European Union…around the world more than 170 million hectares of land are under GM crops, sustained by 16 million farmers in 28 countries, with no reports of apparent damage to health or the environment…Mr Paterson’s attempt, therefore, to get the EU to reopen this subject is eminently sensible, yet it has provoked outrage among eco-campaigners” – Philip Johnson, Daily Telegraph

Banking 1) Banking Commission raps Osborne over interference with nationalised banks

“The UK government has ‘interfered’ in the running of the part-nationalised banks in a manner that is ‘clearly not acceptable’, a sweeping parliamentary review into the failings of the British banking system has concluded. The rebuke, prompted by government pressure on Royal Bank of Scotland over bonus payouts and regulatory capital increases, comes only days after the bank’s chief executive, Stephen Hester, was ousted following Treasury pressure” – Financial Times

  • Far-reaching recommendations on banking hit home – Financial Times Editorial
  • Osborne told by Banking Standards Commission that bosses of collapsed banks should be sent to jail - The Independent
  • Reckless banking should be a criminal offence – Philip Augar, Financial Times
  • Pay cuts imposed on top civil servants could lead to exodus of talent - Guardian
  • House prices rise by £9,000: average value soars to £238,000 – Daily Express
  • Make the bankers pay - Daily Mail Comment
  • The Government and the banks must rise to the challenge - Ed Balls, Politics Home (£)

Banking 2) Osborne to set out plans for nationalised banks in his Mansion House speech this evening

Screen shot 2013-06-19 at 08.33.25"The Chancellor will use a speech at the Mansion House this evening to indicate that the sale of the Government's 40 per cent stake in Lloyds can start before 2015. And he made clear that offloading the 81 per cent stake in RBS can only begin if taxpayers will get their money back. Mr Osborne also confirmed that he had played a key role in ousting RBS chief executive Stephen Hester because he wanted a new man in place to guide privatisation."

Latest Cameron-Boris poll: 30 per cent would back Cameron-led Tories at next election, 36 per cent Boris-led Tories

"Supporters of Boris Johnson prefer Jeremy Clarkson, Jimmy Carr and the rock band Muse, while backers of David Cameron like Margaret Thatcher, Prince William and listening to Just a Minute on BBC Radio 4, research shows. The survey also suggested that 30 per cent of voters would back the Conservatives at the next election if Mr Cameron is in charge, compared with 36 per cent if the Mayor of London takes over, according to an analysis by the polling company YouGov." - The Times (£)

> Today: Columnist Stephan Shakespeare - Stephen Fry & Eddie Izzard v the England Rugby Team - yes, it's Boris v Cameron

Latest Generation X poll: the Conservatives double their support among the youngest cohort of voters

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"Pollster Bobby Duffy, who is leading Ipsos MORI's work on generational analysis, said many in Generation Y seemed to have a more individualised outlook. "They believe people need to take greater personal responsibility rather than looking to the state – perhaps reflecting the fact that they have had less support themselves than other recent generations. "The Conservative position on many aspects of policy therefore appeals more directly to this sense of stopping 'something for nothing'," Duffy said, adding a proviso that the extent of Tory support from the young shouldn't be exaggerated." - The Guardian

Cover-up over 16 baby deaths at Morecambe Bay hospitals

“Health bosses are today accused of covering up their failure to investigate a hospital where up to 16 babies died through neglect. Despite multiple warnings about Morecambe Bay hospitals, a Care Quality Commission inspection gave the trust the all-clear in 2010. Even when a CQC official produced a dossier showing the inspection was flawed, bosses told him to destroy it to protect the commission’s reputation” – Daily Mail 

Plans for open primaries abandoned, Sarah Wollaston claims

Wollaston Sarah"Plans to introduce 'open primaries' in 200 parliamentary seats before the next general election are being abandoned because David Cameron believes they lead to 'awkward' MPs in the Commons, a Tory backbencher has claimed. Dr Sarah Wollaston, the MP for Totnes, said that she believed that Downing Street had shelved the idea of open primaries over fears that they may favour ‘outspoken’ candidates” – Daily Telegraph

God goes but Queen remains as Guides adapt Promise

“Girl Guiding has severed its ties with God and country — at the heart of the movement since it was founded more than a century ago — after a radical rewriting of its historic ‘Promise’ that is designed to appeal to a new generation of members. From now on, Guides will pledge ‘to be true to myself and develop my beliefs’ instead of ‘to love my God’. ‘My country’ has been replaced by ‘my community’. But the Queen survived the cull, so girls will still promise to ‘serve’ her and subsequent monarchs when they take their oath” – The Times (£)

Fury as union boss accuses Kate Middleton of “having babies to get state handouts”

“The leader of one of Labour’s biggest union backers sparked fury tonight after likening Kate Middleton to ‘young women having babies to get state handouts’. Unison boss Dave Prentis took aim at the heavily pregnant Duchess of Cambridge in a speech attacking government cuts to welfare. Labour leader Ed Miliband was urged to distance himself from the ‘outrageous’ attack just weeks before she is due to give birth” – Daily Mail

News in brief

  • US and Taliban agree to peace talks - Guardian
  • David Steel's abortion concern - Daily Mail
  • Another night of demonstrations in Brazil - Guardian
  • DWP will look again at disability benefits - The Independent
  • Nigel Farage’s trip to Scotland disrupted by protests – Daily Telegraph
  • Teenage couple killed by train in apparent suicide pact - Independent
  • Met Office warns of a decade of wet summers – The Times (£)


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