Taxes and housing costs are the largest constituent parts of our expenditure.
It’s the first time that the Chancellor has come out on top, and he’s done so with a 12-point lead over the Business Secretary.
An attention-grabbing incident can lead to the knee-jerk policy-making, and distract from the real issue.
TTIP offers huge benefits on both sides of the Atlantic. We shouldn’t allow indecision and misinformation to derail it.
Astonishingly, even they don’t know what their 5,700 acres of land are taken up with.
As with other emerging technologies like self-driving cars, we ought think ahead twenty years and consider the implications.
The Chancellor’s appeal to the public sector to contribute ideas for the Spending Review is a good one – but let’s beef it up a bit.
The Blair-era instinct of trying to manage a crisis by ‘winning’ the day-to-day news grid is inadequate to the challenges facing the Government.
That’s the highest-ever proportion in one of our monthly surveys.
Most responsible landlords want to help, the Communities and Local Government Secretary tells the BBC.
Party members’ poll: Goldsmith holds on to majority in the mayoral race, while Kamall’s support climbs to a third
This is the first survey since the candidates for the mayoralty were whittled down to four.
Over two years in CCHQ I saw how a broken system hampers campaigning and alienates supporters. This must be stopped.
The Chancellor is stinging the middle classes for £25 billion. Plus, new totalitarian powers for HMRC are disgraceful.
The last attempt at reviving the Social Democrat experiment was New Labour. Now those same people face exile under Corbyn.
Ten thousand shops have been empty for more than three years.
Some right-wingers would substitute the market for the Almighty – believing that legality, transparency and property rights can redeem our fallen world.
The Blairite enforcer called the Islington MP’s nominators “morons”, but the journalist believes that the Labour right are to blame for the party’s woes.
The newly-elected Conservative MP shoots back at PETA’s absurd attempt to retire the seaside icon.
“We accept that drugs are risky, but there are lots of things in society that are risky… but we don’t stop people doing those. We let people make informed decisions.”
The Chancellor’s move onto their territory in the Budget means the gap is, at least intellectually, far from unbridgeable for marooned Blairites.
It turns out there are worse things than a German-dominated single currency.
That’s the five-a-side league season concluded successfully. Now our attention turns to the eleven-a-side season in September.
Calais crisis 1) Hammond claims the Government is getting a grip
“Up to 100 extra security guards are to be sent to patrol the Channel Tunnel terminal in the latest move to get the migrant crisis at Calais under control. … Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, set out the moves last night after a lengthy meeting of Cobra, Whitehall’s emergency committee. … He insisted the Government was getting a grip on the situation, as the number of illegal migrants trying to cross the Channel had fallen in recent days.” – The Independent
- “Plans for thousands of families of failed asylum seekers to be stripped of their automatic right to financial support are to be detailed by Home Office ministers on Tuesday.” – The Guardian
- “Years of ‘soft-minded liberalism’ were yesterday blamed for the chaos at Calais by a former Labour immigration minister. … Phil Woolas made the blistering intervention as he demanded a British-run detention camp on French soil.” – Daily Mail
- “The number of lone children applying for asylum in Britain has soared by almost 50 per cent in the last year.” – Daily Mail
- “An OAPs’ home axed due to lack of funds will reopen for immigrants — using taxpayers’ cash.” – The Sun (£)
- “…it is alarming to hear Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond claim the Government has ‘got a grip’ on the Calais crisis.” – Sun editorial (£)
- “Our memories are short. We first tried to resolve this problem in 2002, when the then Home Secretary, David Blunkett, and the French interior minister, later president, Nicolas Sarkozy, agreed a plan to close the Red Cross refugee camp at Sangatte.” – Philip Johnston, Daily Telegraph
- “Blame the swarm on Britain’s shadow economy.” – Rachel Sylvester, The Times (£)
- ToryDiary: Winning headlines won’t solve the Calais crisis
- WATCH: Clark discusses plans to punish landlords who fail to check tenants’ immigration status
Calais crisis 2) The EU is paying migrants to find work in Britain
“Unemployed migrants are being given thousands of pounds to find work in Britain under an EU scheme, The Telegraph can disclose. … It has emerged that the UK has taken a third of the young migrants involved in the ‘Your First EURES Job’ programme. … Some 1,178 unemployed young people from the Continent have been found jobs, training or apprenticeships in Britain under the ‘jobs mobility’ programme since it was set up in 2012.” – Daily Telegraph
- “The German government called in the army yesterday to cope with a record number of asylum seekers — immediately drawing accusations that it had breached the nation’s strict constitution, introduced after the Second World War.” – The Times (£)
Calais crisis 3) Cameron goes on holiday
“Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has taken charge of the government response to the Calais crisis as David Cameron heads off on his first holiday of the summer. … The Prime Minister, who is expected to be away for most of August, is facing calls to return to Downing Street to take the lead on bolstering border security. … Home Secretary Theresa May is also on holiday, but violence continued for another night in Calais after a weekend where around 2,500 migrants stormed the Channel Tunnel.” – Daily Mail
Will the Prime Minister reward former MPs?
“David Cameron is set to announce the award of a string of knighthoods and other honours amid concerns they will be used to compensate ‘failed’ MPs. … As Westminster awaits the publication of a controversial list of new peers, it is expected that a separate list will hand out lesser titles and honours. … Insiders say it is usually made up of former politicians – leading to fears party leaders will use the process to compensate MPs who lost their seats in the election and former ministers booted out of office.” – Daily Mail
- “The Serious Fraud Office investigation into the firm chaired by former Conservative party leader Lord Howard of Lympne is expected to include payments it made to the Somali government as part of its unorthodox oil deal with the war-torn country.” – The Independent
Osborne starts the RBS sell-off
“Chancellor George Osborne pulled the trigger on the first sale of the Government’s RBS shares since its credit crisis bailout seven years ago. … Around £2billion-worth were up for grabs in the City in a hugely symbolic auction. … The sell-off will take the taxpayers’ holding in RBS down from 78.3 per cent to 73.2 per cent. … It was expected to be sold at between 325p and 330p per share, well below the 502p needed for the State to break even on the 2008 bailout.” – The Sun (£)
- “Some bankers argue that it is always a risk to sell shares in August, when more investors are on holiday and liquidity can be low.” – Financial Times
- “Britons looking for new jobs are now prioritising big pay packets over job security as their fear of redundancy falls away, a survey has found.” – Daily Mail
- “One of Britain’s biggest graduate recruiters will no longer consider degree or A-level results when assessing potential employees.” – The Independent
- “Privatisation without preparation does nothing for economic growth.” – Financial Times editorial
- “At last, we are starting to move on from the crisis.” – Allister Heath, Daily Telegraph
- “Borrowers, get ready for interest rate pain.” – Ed Conway, The Times (£)
- ToryDiary: Osborne springs ahead of Boris and Javid in our latest leadership poll
- Daniel Hamilton on Comment: It’s time for businesses to fight for TTIP, the biggest trade deal in history
- Local Government: How much land could Transport for London sell?
- ToryDiary: Osborne should reward public sector workers with a cash bounty for finding savings
- Lord Flight’s column: The stealth taxes in Osborne’s latest Budget would have made Gordon Brown proud
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