Labour isn’t dead yet. UKIP isn’t as big as it claims. Bookies can be wrong. And Police and Crime Commissioners are still in trouble.
Conservatives should build alliances by extending freedoms for all and encouraging greater respect for the choices people make.
Perhaps. But it’s hard to see where a significant Tory breakthrough is going to come from in time for next May.
Also: Miliband plays with Farage and plays with fire. The unGreen BBC. Jonathan Jones is a twat. Two new Biteback books. Plus: Guido’s Iranian payments to friends of Israel.
Edward Boyd: Tory Reform 5) Chris Grayling – His reform of the probation service is desperately needed
The CSJ has long witnessed the incredible power of the best voluntary organisations to transform lives.
The number of “non-decent” council homes has fallen from 291,600 in 2010 to 184,100 last year
Advocates of net neutrality insist that without regulatory guarantees the internet could be stitched-up by the biggest players
Public and media opinion have shifted while Westminster’s stance on the failing War on Drugs remains the same. How long will the mismatch last?
This new book sets out a hundred policy ideas to address a range of critical failings and gaps across Government today.
“Every process described as ‘cross-Whitehall’ will be a fiasco – especially if it is being coordinated by Number Ten.”
It’s a radical and potentially unpopular solution, I know. But at least it’s an honest one.
Although Cameron and the Chancellor expected the deficit to be far smaller by now, they still have a credible strategy for dealing with it.
Immigration policy. How restrictive? An amnesty for illegals or not? Defy the EU? Take our monthly survey
Among its other questions: would you vote for the Metropolitan Party? And what about that Tory-UKIP Pact?
Ryan Bourne and Kristian Niemietz: Tory Reform 4) Iain Duncan Smith – a tenacious reformer on a moral mission
The road is long, the task is great and there is still ‘unstarted business’ – but the Welfare Secretary won’t give up on his campaign to change lives.
UKIP and Russell Brand have little in common – except they both threaten the Labour leader.
For a time it seemed that Labour might threaten credible Opposition on the topic – but then Miliband intervened.
The number of bus passengers actually increased.
Even though some natural resources can’t be owned, they still have an economic value that shouldn’t be taken for granted
The former Defence Secretary appears in one of his new One Minute Fox videos.
The 1967 Act isn’t up to the job – my Ten Minute Rule Bill seeks to set that right.
Andrew Gimson’s PMQs sketch: no sign of magnanimity from Cameron or Miliband as they bicker about immigration
Neither man saw anything to be gained from expressing a more generous patriotism. Nick Clegg looked desperate, but Michael Gove seemed perky.
Labour collapse in Scotland
‘Labour faces near wipeout in Scotland next May in a setback that could cost Ed Miliband the general election, according to a new poll for The Times. Mr Miliband’s personal ratings have also plunged since the referendum seven weeks ago, the YouGov poll of Scottish voters has found…The poll suggests that Labour is on course to lose 30 of its 40 MPs in Scotland.’ – The Times (£)
- Complacency gave the SNP an opportunity – Daily Telegraph Leader
- Opposition MPs smell blood – The Sun Says (£)
- Can Jim Murphy save the day? – The Guardian
- Deputy Leader resigns – Daily Telegraph
>Today: ToryDiary: Scotland. Labour’s troubles. A Conservative opportunity?
>Yesterday: Graeme Archer’s column: Miliband and His Problems (as T.S.Eliot nearly wrote)
Montgomerie: Austerity is dead and buried
‘As we march into the future the nations that have done more to reduce their deficits (such as Spain, Ireland and, embarrassingly, Greece) will be able to spend a greater share of their future taxes on roads, universities and other economy-enhancing infrastructure projects. An increasing share of our taxes will go on servicing the £600 billion we’ve already borrowed to get through the Great Recession — and with much more borrowing still to come.’ – Tim Montgomerie, The Times (£)
- IFS savages the government’s cuts claims – FT
- Cameron wants permanently low interest rates – Daily Telegraph
- Northern Ireland strikes budget deal – FT
>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Osborne has not given up on deficit reduction
IDS: We must support marriage
‘I believe part of the problem lies in politicians shying away from promoting strong family relationships, at the heart of which lies marriage – for fear of being thought judgmental. Yet evidence tells us that any Government serious about promoting a strong society must strengthen and support families – and marriage.’ – Iain Duncan Smith MP, Daily Mail
- Every new law must support the family – The Sun (£)
- Birmingham’s family sculpture features no father – Daily Mail Leader
>Yesterday: Ryan Bourne and Kristian Niemietz on Comment: Tory Reform 4) Iain Duncan Smith – a tenacious reformer on a moral mission
Coalition mulls blanket ban on ‘legal highs’
‘The prime minister called for “tougher powers” to ban new psychoactive substances and reiterated his refusal to consider the decriminalisation of illegal drugs. Speaking during a visit to Cheshire, David Cameron said: “I want to see us have tougher powers so that we ban these legal highs.” The Lib Dems also threw their support behind a blanket ban, marking a rare element of consensus between the coalition partners on drugs policy.’ – The Times (£)
- Cameron tried to block reform report – The Sun (£)
- Little chance of a serious debate before the election – The Sun Says (£)
- There’s no quick fix – The Times Leader (£)
- What of the impact beyond the chattering classes? – Daily Mail Leader
>Yesterday: ToryDiary: The mind-bending politics of drugs
Aid ‘encouraging bribes’
‘The billions Britain pours into foreign aid are actually doing harm by making corruption worse in many parts of the world, a damning report reveals. It says projects funded by UK cash are increasing opportunities for bribery.’ – Daily Mail
- The development strategy could unravel – The Times Leader (£)
- Our money goes to the wrong people – Daily Telegraph Leader
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