It was Boris versus Miliband on the Marr Show this morning.
Can the Tory leader pull of an election victory? Only if he stops going through the motions, which seem to have been set by someone else.
If it happens, there are too many potential candidates for some of them not to be household names for only 15 minutes.
David Jones MP: In any post-election Coalition negotiations, the Right’s voice must be heard. Send for IDS and Grayling.
The former Welsh Secretary says that Cameron must include a broader group of people in any talks this time round – including Iain Duncan Smith and Chris Grayling.
Nye Bevan regarded “pay beds” as a useful source of revenue for the NHS.
The Conservatives are fielding more black and ethnic minority candidates than any other party.
He later insisted he remained an Aston Villa supporter.
I also have new findings from Bristol North West, Bristol West, Thurrock, Colne Valley and High Peak.
Its leader voted for Cameron in 2010. Now he’s trying to occupy ground that Cameron has vacated.
It is like a Monty Python sketch, with an Englishman manning the barricades and shouting at the Scots as they advance: “Watch out! That man is wearing a skirt.”
Lord Hennessy: Never before in recent times have constitutional possibility and peril jostled together quite like this
It’s crucial for the shared future of those who live in these islands that we should not Balkanise ourselves, in either structural terms or in our minds and hearts.
It’s quite catchy.
“English votes for English laws is about making our United Kingdom stronger.”
Giving England control over its Income Tax is a good idea – but we must work out how the Union should function in full.
She’s gone – and, if has a shred of parliamentary integrity, Bercow must accept full responsibility for his choice.
A Labour vote will, counter intuitively, not secure the UK’s place in the EU – in fact quite the opposite.
The Prime Minister himself has led from the front on confronting Islamist extremism – not merely Islamist terrorism.
Announcing a post-election conference with ConHome, the Taxpayers Alliance, Business for Britain and the Institute of Economic Affairs
The conference will consider the significance of the general election results for those on the broad, centre-right of British politics,
The Culture Secretary goes campaigning in two Derbyshire marginals…and finds time to ensure that his Department is flying the flag of England on St George’s Day.
The Tories are losing this campaign. Sir Anthony Garner’s memorial service. Mrs Keith Simpson trashes my property rights. And: Boris is on all fours with Theresa May
Dr Dan Boucher: I went canvassing with my three year old son. Guess what a Labour supporter told me to do.
It’s Labour, not the Conservatives, who stand for an anything-goes individualism.
When the school was under local authority control it was willing to carry on paying the Mayor money for nothing – as an academy it stopped doing so.
Cameron’s plan for the Tories’ first hundred days in power
“David Cameron today announces his plans for the first 100 days of a new Conservative government, promising radical tax cuts if he is re-elected as Prime Minister in 11 days’ time. … Mr Cameron pledges to scrap human rights laws and include a referendum on the European Union in his first Queen’s Speech on May 27 if he stays in Downing Street. … However, writing for The Telegraph, he warns that voters risk opening the door of Number 10 to Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, who will be ‘locked in a death dance’ that destroys Britain’s economy.” – Sunday Telegraph
- “New laws will free up to one million people from income tax if Tories win the election. … The PM revealed that boosting the take-home pay of those on the minimum wage will be his first act on May 8, within hours of the general election.” – Sun on Sunday (£)
- “David Cameron is laying out what a future Conservative government would do for ordinary Britons. This rediscovery of Thatcherite vision is most welcome.” – Sunday Telegraph editorial
James Forsyth: The Prime Minister is going for the undecideds
“Those close to him say Cameron is less nervous than he was at the start of the campaign. He is irritated, though, by the constant calls on him to show more passion. … Campaign insiders from both parties point to the unusually high number of undecideds – as many as one in five of those who intend to vote. Which way they jump will determine the result. Cameron regards reeling in this group, rather than angling for voters from the other parties, as the key challenge for the Tories.” – James Forsyth, Mail on Sunday
- “Now presenting: the Cameron late, late show.” – Sunday Times editorial (£)
- ToryDiary: Cameron’s message to ethnic minority voters
- ToryDiary: What the rebirth of the Whig Party tells us about Conservative politics
Leadership talk 1) Some Tory donors aren’t pleased with the campaign so far – and are backing Boris
“David Cameron is under fire from two wealthy party donors over the Conservatives’ ‘lacklustre’ election campaign. … Investment boss Peter Hall and Pizza Express mogul Hugh Osmond, who have given more than £700,000 between them since 2005, said the Tories were uninspiring and the PM lacked passion. … They backed Boris Johnson for party leader if Mr Cameron loses the election.” – Sun on Sunday (£)
- “Whether or not the Conservatives manage to pull off a win on polling day next month, the party’s campaign has been dull, dull, dull. … There’s been not an ounce of sparkle. … Which is one thing that Boris Johnson has in spades.” – Sun on Sunday editorial (£)
- “The darkest of the existential crises about to hit the established parties is probably the one that faces the Tory party. … If the Tories yet again fail to win a majority, that will be the trigger for a massive argument about why not.” – Andrew Rawnsley, The Observer
- Oli Waghorn on Comment: The Tory campaign to date. A failed message and polling stagnation.
- Lord Ashcroft on Comment: My latest battleground polls – including a Tory lead in Rochester and Strood
Leadership talk 2) Boris would never run against his own brother, Miliband-style
“Ed Miliband was branded a back-stabber yesterday by Boris Johnson who vowed never to knife his own MP brother. … The London Mayor launched a blistering attack on the Labour leader over the ruthless way he snatched his party’s crown from his big bruv David’s head. … Tory Boris said he and his rising star brother Jo will stick to a Mafia-style code of “never, ever” turning on each other. … Mimicking the gruff tones of Vito Corleone in The Godfather, he declared: ‘It’s the family. We don’t do it like that… never, ever.’” – Sun on Sunday (£) Continue to all today’s Newslinks
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