Labour collapse in Scotland

Labour holes‘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 (£)

>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

Family shield‘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 (£)

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: The mind-bending politics of drugs

Aid ‘encouraging bribes’

aidgraphic‘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

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