In total, England has enough brownfield land for one million homes. This is nowhere near enough.
“The primary function of government, surely, is to control the country’s borders, and if they can’t even do that… then they’re simply not up to the job of basic statecraft.”
It’s au revoir – though not, we hope, adieu – to the Deep End.
Shift our organisation to an interest-based model; lower financial barriers to membership; foster genuine debate; and increase competition and rewards for young volunteers.
The Chinese economy is a study in what can happen when stimuluses run out.
Should members and registered supporters have the same rights? What about city and county federations? Should the Party Chairman be elected? All this and much more.
Plus: The UKIP London Mayoralty selection – latest rumours and plots.
These graduates are not taking jobs from anyone: they’re filling skills gaps and it’s grossly unfair to pretend anything else.
By rewarding work more than 200,000 people have come off Housing Benefits altogether.
The shrinking of opportunity allied to the visible influence of crony capitalism makes for a poisonous brew.
This new list of Tory Peers lacks vision, imagination, and feeling for the wider Conservative family
Most of the names on it are completely unsurprising and just as completely justified. But it seems to assume that political and public service are identical.
Plus links to the full dissolution peerages and honours details.
The amount of tax that goes uncollected would cover half of this year’s budget deficit.
The Queen is about to overtake Victoria and become our longest-serving monarch, yet we understand very little about the allure of the monarchy.
The investigations into child abuse and the Iraq War both have the same failing.
It presents us with challenges, but also opportunities after the recent nuclear deal.
Where mistakes have been made it should be possible overturn them.
Shielding individuals from anything that might trigger negative memories goes against well-researched psychological practice.
British freight trains averaged 22½ mph in 1973 – that’s slower than Usain Bolt.
Despite all the distortions on Twitter, free-marketeers actually believe in trickle-up.
This egregious tale of the ruining of an innocent man is yet another reminder (as if we needed one) of the diminished condition of the police.
Also: Villiers ‘unsurprised’ that Provisional IRA still exists; Scottish Labour tacks left in scramble for 2016; and Corbyn will comfort Old Labour dinosaurs in Wales.
Migration figures deliver fresh blow to Government’s ambitions…
“The true scale of the immigration crisis facing this country was laid bare last night as damning figures revealed net migration had surged to a record 330,000 – a rise of 40 per cent in one year. It is a humiliating blow to David Cameron after his ‘no ifs, no buts’ pledge to reduce the number to ‘tens of thousands’. Incredibly, yesterday’s figures do not include illegal immigrants in the UK, estimated at 1.1 million. The devastating statistics came as thousands of migrants yesterday flooded across the Hungarian border into central Europe.” – Daily Mail
- Brokenshire blames businesses’ reliance on foreign workers – Daily Telegraph
- Field demands Government take control of the border – The Sun (£)
- Eastern European benefit claimants double to 50,000 – The Times (£)
- Government accused of closing doors to Eritrean refugees – The Independent
- Petition in support of Afghan translators signed by 50,000 – Daily Mail
- Why is it so difficult to reduce immigration? – The Independent
Comment and Editorial:
- Immigration is just another issue over which the Government has little say – Douglas Carswell, Daily Telegraph
- The Government’s failure to control immigration is disappointing – The Times (£) editorial
- Migration target is a damaging sideshow – Financial Times editorial
>Today: Simon Clarke in Comment: Why we need more students from overseas to stay and work here
…as Cameron criticised for peerage nominations
“David Cameron was accused of an ‘affront to democracy’ last night after handing peerages to a millionaire donor, an MP at the heart of the expenses scandal and a string of political cronies. The Prime Minister named 26 new Conservative peers in his dissolution honours list, as well as handing knighthoods and other honours to political friends. New peers include former Cabinet minister Douglas Hogg, who stood down from the Commons in 2010 following controversy over his expenses claims, which included billing the taxpayer £2,200 to clear the moat at his 13th-century manor house.” – Daily Mail
- Downton Dave under fire for using honours to tip the help – The Times (£)
- Ex-MPs and aides pack list of new lords – Financial Times
- Prime Minister criticised for handing peerage to ‘Lord Moat’ – Daily Telegraph
- MPs caught in expenses scandal elevated to the Lords – The Times (£)
- New Tory peers won’t save Government from defeat, Tories concede – The Times (£)
- Cameron now supports time limits for peers – The Guardian
- Lord Winston calls for House of Lords to be cut in half – Daily Telegraph
- Crowded upper house beginning to look ridiculous, warns Lamont – The Times (£)
- Radical reform of the Lords is vital, so I’m glad to be a member – Peter Hain, The Guardian
- The House of Lords is full of sycophants, sack them all – Leo McKinstry, Daily Telegraph
- What’s the point of a chamber which rewards failure? – Martin Kettle, The Guardian
- ToryDiary: The new list of Tory peers lacks vision, imagination, and a feeling for the wider Conservative family
- MPs Etc.: New Conservative peers – full list
Fraser Nelson: Ignore the hype, Cameron can’t be bothered to fix the BBC
“In fact the Prime Minister admits, in private, that he’s quite happy with the BBC and is baffled by colleagues who loathe it. He grumbles about Nick Robinson having kept him awake by filming reports outside his bedroom in No 10, but his animus doesn’t run much deeper… There are Tories who would love to dismember the BBC, but they’re not in positions of power. John Whittingdale, the Culture Secretary, was hawkish on the BBC during the election campaign when bookmakers gave the Tories a 10-1 chance of being able to do anything about it. But in power, he is cooling quickly; when speaking at the Edinburgh Festival earlier this week, he even dropped his criticism of Strictly Come Dancing. Mr Cameron’s overall feeling is that he doesn’t want to be drawn into a “never-ending argument”. So why the panic? Perhaps because any rational analysis of the BBC highlights several anomalies crying out for change – and none bigger than the licence fee.” – Daily Telegraph
- Sturgeon’s new TV channel could be funded by BBC cuts – Daily Telegraph
- SNP plans for a federal Corporation cause alarm – Financial Times
Rudd heralds dramatic reduction in support for solar
“Ministers moved to slash massive subsidies for solar panels yesterday, amid signs the Government’s enthusiasm for green energy is waning. In a surprise move, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd announced a consultation aimed at cutting the subsidies by almost 90 per cent. If implemented, such a step would remove virtually all incentive for home owners to install the panels and could mean the end of Britain’s solar power boom. In recent weeks, ministers have tightened planning restrictions and reduced subsidies for wind farms.” – Daily Mail
- Ministers signal end to ‘solar revolution’ – Daily Telegraph
- Solar energy industry dismayed – Financial Times
Duncan to tackle ‘overuse’ of road signs
“Road signs could soon include ‘remove-by dates’ as part of plans to get rid of ‘the blight of pointless signs’, say ministers. A consultation paper has been unveiled, setting out plans to declutter the nation’s highways. A taskforce headed by Tory MP Sir Alan Duncan to ‘tackle the overuse of road signs’ has also been announced. Research by the Department of Transport in 2013 found that the number of traffic signs has doubled in the last 20 years, to the point that many are now confusing, distracting and dangerous.” – Daily Mail Continue to all today’s Newslinks
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