This is a rare chance for David, Ed and Nick to cut through. What might they say?
“I’m not sure it’s always of great benefit to her, but it’s always of great benefit to me.”
Two councillors, both local to the seats, won out last night.
The story of the last 15 years is one of appeasement, apology and hand-wringing. Is it any wonder Putin feels bold?
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We should screw up our courage and state the values Britain expects of its citizens. It isn’t hard.
Salmond promises cash he doesn’t have because his strategy is coming unstuck.
New polling shows the strength of public opinion on one of Gove’s few errors.
Councillors have left pupils with nowhere to go just six weeks before it was due to open.
The argument that tax cuts ‘starve the beast’ (i.e. force governments to reduce their spending) is, in practice, a weak one.
The hopefuls include two councillors, one of whom served as a senior police officer in Sussex.
The 2010 candidate offers his newly-selected successor, Chamali Fernando, some tips.
The shadow chancellor had fun with dividing lines in his speech earlier – attacking Cameron and Osborne for Tory policies that, er, aren’t actually Tory policies.
The barrister won out in a hard-fought selection battle.
‘Migrant cop-out’…’Why won’t Cameron come clean?’…’Window dressing’ – the new immigration ‘crack-down’ falters
The papers, the experts and the competition all vividly illustrate the mire in which Cameron is wading.
Also: Welsh Tory leader denies blackmail ‘cover up’; Sinn Fein accused of intimidating businesses over Gaza; and Ann Clwyd reconsiders retirement.
Our shopping habits are changing. Punitive levies don’t change that fact – they’re just anti-business and anti-consumer.
One way of financing this would be to cancel their sub to the Local Government Association.
Governments can redistribute money, but not happiness
“What we’re seeing is absolutely heartbreaking”, the Prime Minister says.
Bemoaning “unpredictable” donations, Clegg’s party is forced to “take steps” to remain viable.
Tories should not wish to be the party which proposes greater planning and regimentation as the answer to difficult questions.
Cameron: I’d love to raise the 40p threshold…but I can’t
‘The Prime Minister said: ‘I know that a lot of people believe that the 40p rate now kicks in quite early and quite of people who don’t see themselves as fundamentally very wealthy are paying that 40p tax rate. Now I would love to be able to stand here and say we are going to sort all this out, we will raise the thresholds of all these tax rates, I can’t make that promise today.’ – Daily Mail
- An insight into his weekly meeting with the Queen – Daily Mail
>Today: The Deep End: The future of tax-cutting conservatism could be decided in Kansas
Shapps: Miliband plans to tax death
‘There are only two certainties in life – death and Labour putting up taxes. Now Ed Miliband has found an easy way of combining the two. Labour wants to slap a 15 per cent death tax to pay for inefficient and ineffective spending.’ – Grant Shapps, Daily Express
- Labour guru: Tax the dead, they don’t vote – Daily Mail
- Grayling: Red Len’s spending will cost you £5,500 – The Sun (£)
- Striking NUT boss paid £160,000 – Daily Mail
- A clear choice on tax – Daily Telegraph Leader
- Balls has no plan – The Times Leader (£)
- Death tax is the last thing we need – Daily Express Leader
- Tax rises are in Labour’s DNA – The Sun Says (£)
>Yesterday: LeftWatch: The shamelessness of Balls
More sanctions on Russia – but EU avoids offending gas boss
‘The new Brussels blacklist is the first time that it has gone beyond sanctions on people directly involved in Crimea or East Ukraine to hit the oligarchs in Mr Putin’s inner circle but the EU has failed to be as tough as the US that has targeted many more of the banks and individuals at the centre of power in Russia. EU governments dependent on Russia for energy imports have held off listing Igor Sechin, the mastermind of the Kremlin’s energy strategy and Russia’s second most powerful man because he is the chairman of Rosneft, the oil company with close links to European companies such as BP.’ – Daily Telegraph
- Merkel’s leading role – Beth Pond, FT
- NATO ‘woefully prepared’ for Russian attack – The Times (£)
- Cameron compares Ukraine to Belgium and Poland in 1940 – FT
- The Summer of War – Roger Boyes, The Times (£)
- Could sanctions provoke conflict? – Mark Almond, Daily Telegraph
- Is this the best the West can do? – Daily Mail Leader
- NATO rediscovers its founding mission – FT Leader
- Europeans must pay more to defend themselves – The Times Leader (£)
- Relations with Moscow go into deep freeze – The Guardian Leader
>Today: ToryDiary: Western weakness caused this crisis in the East
Heath: Banker bashing has gone too far
‘Britain’s war on bank bonuses has now become completely absurd. Yes, dear reader, you read that right: unlike almost everybody else, I believe that the latest “crackdown” on bankers will turn out to be disastrously counter-productive. It will weaken the City, cost jobs and is the wrong solution to the wrong problem. Demagoguery has infected even the coolest of heads.’ – Allister Heath, Daily Telegraph
- Most bankers are honest and hardworking – James Kirkup, Daily Telegraph
- Temporary nurses paid thousands for shift – Daily Mail
Montgomerie: Come clean, Mr Cameron – the EU means we can’t control immigration
‘Mr Cameron, may I give you some advice?…I’ve read that you want to appear tougher on immigration so that you can win back Tory voters who have defected to Ukip. If this really is your intention, it isn’t working. Slowly but surely you are actually losing voters’ confidence on immigration. Voters know that you can’t control immigration as long as Britain is a member of the EU and the EU has freedom of movement across its borders. You need to be straight with them.’ – Tim Montgomerie, The Times (£)
- 79.2 per cent of EU nationals in UK are in work – The Sun (£)
>Today: Graeme Archer’s Column: The stranger at my shoulder
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