11pm CentreRight: Matt Sinclair has had enough of preening politicians who announce meaningless green targets

4.15pm Greg Hands MP on CentreRight: Nick Cohen is quite wrong on Tory internationalism

3.45pm ToryDiary: The defining events of David Cameron’s leadership


ToryDiary: Eric Pickles for Party Chairman

Roy Wilson on Platform: Will the world as we know it end with an extra 14 days?

PlayPolitical video: Immigrants are God’s children and have enriched America says John McCain ad

Today’s must-read: "Cameron’s third great moment"

We strongly commend a piece by Jonathan Oliver and Isabel Oakeshott in The Sunday Times that sees David Cameron’s ‘right-and-wrong’ speech as the "third great moment" of his leadership:

"Cameron’s meteoric political rise has been defined by his speeches. A barnstormer in Blackpool in 2005 propelled him to the leadership, and another in the same town last year forced Gordon Brown to think again about calling a snap election. Cameron’s allies believe last week’s “moral leadership” speech was his third great moment.  It is being compared to Tony Blair’s “tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime” speech, arguably the foundation text of new Labour. Certainly the impact of Glasgow is still being felt, even beyond Britain. “Tory chief gets politically incorrect”, declared Canada’s National Post last week.  Is it a risky lurch to the right, back to the sort of basics that got John Major into trouble? Or has Cameron struck a chord with voters fed up with years of moral neutrality under Labour?"

And a Sunday Times leader concludes: "One of the most pressing tasks for any future government will be to put society back together at a time when the economic legacy may be grim. This requires, first and foremost, that people take responsibility for their own actions. Mr Cameron is to be applauded for saying so. Now he needs to follow through."

Lady Thatcher will have State funeral but there might not be enough troops to line streetsMail on Sunday

Bob Neill, Jacqui Lait and Anne Main all accused of claiming expenses for unnecessary homesThe Sunday Telegraph

Davis joins IDS and Redwood outside shadow cabinet

Davisdavidinoffice"All remain in their political prime (Davis is 59, Redwood 57 and IDS, 54) and are among the party’s most experienced figures as well as among the most difficult to deal with.  In their different ways, all appeal to the Tory Right – a constituency with which Cameron still maintains a rather uneasy relationship." – The Sunday Telegraph

Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, IDS calls for a welfare state that moves people from dependence to independence.

> ToryDiary recently looked at the big beasts outside of the Shadow Cabinet

Sam Freedman of Policy Exchange profiles Tory schools policyMail on Sunday

Nick Cohen questions the ability of the Conservatives to build international alliancesObserver

Hugo Swire becomes Chairman of Photo-Me International
The Sunday Telegraph

Services personnel to get free university education on dischargeBBC

Trade minister Digby Jones hits out at green tax on flights

"Lord Jones, the outspoken trade minister, has attacked a government plan to raise £2.5 billion through a green tax on flights, claiming that it will damage competitiveness. His criticisms, made in a private letter last month to Angela Eagle, the Treasury minister, are a further embarrassment for Labour over tax policy." – The Sunday Times

SNP’s plans for local income tax "don’t add up"

"The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) has claimed that the system would hurt business and create tensions between Scotland and England.  David Wood, executive director at ICAS, said: "At the moment, we do not see it as workable. We would be happy to talk to the Scottish Government to make it work." – Scotland on Sunday

> Seats and candidates: Labour on course to hold Glasgow East

Brown ‘wrong-headed’ over waste, says Tesco bossIndependent on Sunday

Barack Obama’s quick trip to London

Obama_looking_right"Barack Obama has been told that Gordon Brown and David Cameron are prepared to drop all other business to meet him when he travels to Britain later this month" – The Sunday Telegraph

Obama ‘too busy’ to visit father’s first wife – Observer

"The world is waiting to love America again" – Leader in The Observer

Iran tried to deceive world by ‘testing’ ten year old missilesSunday Telegraph | Matt Sinclair on CentreRight

UN impotence against tyranny cannot continueSunday Telegraph leader | Yesterday’s ToryDiary

And finally…

Miss Great Britain, Gemma Garrett, is considering defecting to the Conservatives – Mail on Sunday


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