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Shock rise in Government borrowing

OSBORNE penknife“Last month’s £11.8billion figure was £1.6billion more than in September last year – and £1.3billion higher than economists expected. Total borrowing since April stands at £58billion – that is £5.4 billion or almost 10 per cent above the last financial year’s halfway point, the Office for National Statistics stated. Experts blamed sluggish and non-existent wage rises for weak returns from taxes on income and wealth despite there being record numbers of people in work and an economic recovery well underway.” – Daily Express

> Yesterday: The German economic model? Nein danke!

Immigration, the EU, UKIP 1) Juncker: Freedom of movement must be made easier – not harder

“In a blow to David Cameron’s hopes of curbing EU migration, Jean-Claude Juncker, whose appointment was fiercely opposed by No 10, has told one of his new commissioners to “promote freedom of movement”. The command came in Mr Juncker’s “mission letter” to Marianne Thyssen, who takes over as the EU’s new commissioner for labour mobility. Mr Cameron has made curbing EU migration the centrepiece of his renegotiation of Britain’s relationship with Brussels.” – The Times (£)

Immigration, the EU, UKIP 2) Arise, Lord Green of MigrationWatch

GREEN Sir Andrew headshot“Sir Andrew, the head of the think tank MigrationWatch, has since 2001 campaigned against what he regards as unacceptably high levels of immigration to Britain. He will sit as a crossbencher in the House of Lords. Downing Street said he was receiving a peerage in recognition of his 35-year career in the Diplomatic Service and his contribution to the debate about migration.” – Daily Telegraph

> Yesterday: MPsETC – Sir Andrew Green receives a peerage

Immigration, the EU, UKIP 3) Ken Clarke: Some of my fellow Conservative MPs should really be in UKIP

“I’ve always thought some of them should obviously be in Ukip rather than our party,” added Mr Clarke. “Two of them have gone, neither of those have surprised me very much. Ever since I first met them, I thought their opinions rather more resembled Ukip than any I was familiar with, from either the Thatcher government or the present one.” – The Times (£)

  • Fabricant: ‘Angry-looking grey men’ will lose campaign for Britain to leave EU – The Guardian

Immigration, the EU, UKIP 4) Board of Deputies attacks Farage’s new Euro-ally

Screen shot 2014-10-22 at 08.03.08“Jonathan Arkush, vice president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, said his organisation was “gravely concerned by reports that Ukip may sit in the same parliamentary grouping as a far-right Polish MEP in a bid save its funding… Robert Iwaszkiewicz belongs to an extremist party whose leader has a history of Holocaust denial, racist remarks and misogynistic comments. He belongs to the far-right Polish JKM [Congress of the New Right], led by Janusz Korwin-Mikke, who has reportedly called into question the right of women to have the vote.” – The Guardian

  • Electoral Commission fines Farage for failing to declare £50k-worth of rent-free office space – The Sun (£)
  • UKIP Calypso singer says he has many Caribbean chums – Daily Telegraph
  • Mango forced to apologize for ‘anti-Semitic’ shirt bearing lightning bolts similar to insignia worn by the SS in Nazi Germany – Daily Mail
  • Reckless campaigns in Rochester - Financial Times

Iain Martin: Will anyone in Ukip condemn Farage’s despicable new EU alliance? Where is Carswell?

“Korwin-Mikke has been quoted saying that Hitler was probably not aware that Jews were being exterminated. Women should not have the vote, he says. And here he is talking in the European Parliament about John F. Kennedy and “the n–––––– of Europe.” Will anyone in Ukip dare to speak out and condemn the deal done with Korwin-Mikke’s party? Or are those on Ukip’s liberal wing so scared of Farage – and eager to avoid upsetting the leadership -– that they will just let it pass? An interesting test.” - Daily Telegraph

  • A battle for the soul of British politics – Rafael Behr, The Guardian

Daniel Finkelstein: Chasing the grey vote could kill the Tories

Screen shot 2014-10-22 at 08.05.02“The problem for the Conservative party is severe. It relies heavily (more than Labour, making its problem worse) on an older, culturally conservative vote that is shrinking, and yet if it seeks support among the growing sections, and sentiment, of the population it risks exacerbating its problems with Ukip. In the long run the answer is obvious. The Conservative party cannot choose the shrinking, ageing, groups over the growing, young ones. This way death lies. Literally.” – The Times (£)

> Today: ToryDiary – Tory MEPs to disobey Downing Street over Juncker vote

> Yesterday:

Cameron cracks down on use of charities to fund terrorist organisations

“The measures include: banning people with convictions for certain criminal offences – such as terrorism or money laundering – from being a charity trustee; a new power to disqualify a person from being a charity trustee if the Charity Commission considers them unfit; and a requirement for a charity to shut down in an inquiry where there has been misconduct or mismanagement that risks undermining public trust.” – The Guardian

  • Five Britons a week travel to Iraq and Syria to join Isis, says Hogan-Howe – The Guardian
  • GCHQ chief: Internet has become refuge for plotters – Daily Telegraph
  • Third British jihadi killed out of group who travelled together from Portsmouth to Syria to fight – Daily Mail
  • Falklands veterans who ‘cleaned up’ after the war finally given their campaign medals by Cameron – Daily Mail

> Today: The Deep End – No, the Iraq disaster was not caused by us leaving too early

Javid warns that the BBC could lose right to spy on licence fee dodgers

JAVID Sajid BBC“The Culture Secretary said he had ordered an independent inquiry into the corporation’s use of covert surveillance operations on those it thinks have not paid the £145.50. Although the BBC has admitted using the hugely controversial Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act – designed by the last Labour government to help fight terrorism and organised crime – it has refused to say in what way, when and how often.” – Daily Mail

  • Culture Secretary: Newsnight is less ‘compelling’ without Paxman – Daily Telegraph

Helen Grant unveils plans to help fooball fans run their clubs

“An expert group will come up with ways of “removing barriers to supporter ownership” amid mounting concerns that fans are being priced out of the game. Among those involved will be representatives of the FA, Premier League, the Government and legal experts. They will draw up recommendations and report back before next year’s general election. Sports minister Helen Grant launched the policy at the home of Portsmouth FC, which has been owned by its fans since last year.” – The Sun (£)

> Yesterday: Cllr Chris Whitehouse on Comment: Football – an (artificial) grassroots revival?

Hunt hails MRSA fall

HUNT Doctor Carla Millar“England and Wales had 862 cases last year – down from 1,898 in 2009-10. The staggering drop follows a Sun-backed campaign to get medics to wash their hands. MRSA infections are life-threatening and cost an average £7,000 to treat per person. That means an estimated £22.5m has been saved since 2010, enough to fund 529 nurses for a year or 3,857 hip ops.” – The Sun (£)

  • Daily Mail attack on Labour’s NHS record in Wales, Day Three
  • Labour counter-attack on the Conservatives and the Daily Mail, Day Two - The Guardian
  • Welsh Health Minister writes public letter to Hunt – Wales Online

Curse of Clegg strikes again as entire LibDem red lines plan falls victim to Whitehall snappers

“The Liberal Democrats will demand to balance the budget by 2018, cut income tax, reduce waiting lists for mental health patients and insist that teachers are qualified, in any coalition talks after 2015. A document photographed in the hands of Ryan Coetzee, the party’s chief strategist, showed the Lib Dems’ four top priorities for the next government, which are likely to form their red lines in any coalition negotiations.” - Financial Times

  • Move out of your big homes and help society, LibDem Lords Minister tells over-55s – Daily Telegraph
  • Clegg launches bid to win back teachers – The Independent

> Yesterday: LeftWatch – The Lib Dems take to guerrilla marketing to “accidentally” get their message across

Businessmen have no faith in politicians

SHAKESPEARE Stephan headshot “The comments come in a report by Stephan Shakespeare, the chief executive of the pollsters YouGov, before a conference in Cambridge tomorrow. He spoke to some of Britain’s most influential business leaders, including Sir Ian Cheshire, the chief executive of Kingfisher, Gavin Patterson, the chief executive of BT, and Martin Gilbert, the chief executive of Aberdeen Asset Management. The participants in the study said, almost universally, that they had no respect for politicians.” – The Times (£)

  • “The political classes are detaching themselves from the vital role of business. Labour is hostile and the Tories are distracted” - Times Editorial (£)

News in Brief

  • Chair of historic child abuse inquiry urged to quit over claims that she is a close friend of Lord Brittan – Daily Mail
  • City Growth Commission: Fifteen Boris-style mayors needed – The Times (£)
  • Campaign to promote fast rural broadband – Financial Times
  • Government ‘confusion’ risks taxpayers’ cash, says Public Accounts Committee – The Sun (£)
  • WHO aims for Ebola serum in weeks and vaccine tests in Africa by January – The Guardian
  • IFS finds Government childcare scheme costs £66,000 for every mum lured back into work – Daily Mail
  • Record amount of road tax is not being spent on roads – The Sun (£)
  • Pipe bomb found in East Belfast - Newsletter
  • Philip Davies blames ‘sex education fanatics’ for rise in teen pregnancies, says it should be scrapped – The Independent
  • Photograph of Liz Truss getting out of a Land Rover carrying a brown leather laptop case and wearing a navy jacket, a short skirt and high heels - Daily Mail
  • Cross-Border rescue mission for UK’s hen harriers – Scotsman
  • Awesome power of Hurricane Gonzalo – Daily Express

And finally…Matthew Parris comes to the aid of Guido & ConHome trolls. Take that, Grayling!

PARRIS Mathhew“By contrast, “Bromley Polecat” on Conservative Home is positively genteel, attributing my opinions on Ukip to the bitterness of a homosexual affronted by Tory members’ rejection of gay marriage. These people — “trolls” as they are known — are paper tigers. I wouldn’t in a million years think their nonsense worth reporting to the police. I enjoy invective. What are we coming to if we think this kind of flotsam should be dragged expensively through our justice system?” -  The Times (£)