Also: First Green MSP breaks ranks to support the Union; and Scotland and Wales get very different PISA results.
John Major, William Hague, Michael Howard, David Cameron – all promised to win over new converts, all ended up preaching to the choir. And still no sign of the promised land: an outright majority.
Michael Williams: China’s bullying has intimidated Cameron, but united the rest of Asia against Beijing.
The Prime Minister might delicately suggest to his hosts that the China-driven increase in East Asian tensions is not conducive to good business relations.
We must be able to ease the pressure on our infrastructure and public services – and remove access to benefits.
Plus: Get lost, Alex Salmond. My life with Polly Toynbee. Up yours, Jacqui Smith. Why libel lawyers are leeches. And…Fired!!! My Norfolk agony.
His ‘How We Invented Freedom’ is a lovely essay. Oh, and we talk about ‘Western’ values just to be polite to the Germans, French and Spanish.
Henry Hill: Both sides pretend Scottish referendum is about their own specific policy proposals, again
Also: Welsh FM would block currency union; Police find no evidence of ‘Yes’ hacking claims; Dissidents bomb Belfast; Universal Credit reaches Scotland.
Saturday’s agreement is only interim. It gives the world another six months to avoid war.
Charlotte Leslie MP: As false victims tread their Dance of Denial, don’t let it distact you from the real ones
Consider the contrast between those who cast themselves as victims – the David Nicholsons and Andy Burnhams – and those who are truly vulnerable.
Also: On admiring Paul Sykes, wishing Farage a speedy recovery, my strange dream (watch, out Greg Clark)…and why Miliband is making a twat of himself.
Also: Treasury defines limits of possible Welsh tax devolution; SNP and Tories vote down ban on spare-room subsidy evictions.
Politics and the media? That couldn’t be a topical subject, could it? In any case, it’s certainly one of the subjects covered by Elia Kazan’s 1957 film ‘A Face in the Crowd’.
Neither the Conservatives nor Labour have the capacity to replicate the American President’s campaigning success of 2012 in our own election of 2015
Your party is doing increasingly badly out of first past the post. And I don’t think that some golden binary age of the Blue/Red duopoly will return.
It has highlighted the failure of the Conservative leadership’s Sweetshop Theory of Politics.