6.15pm Greg Hands MP on CentreRight: Conservatives setting the agenda on MP and MEP ethics – but we need to go further still: "It is certainly helpful to have the transparency we now have on family members who are employed and how much they are paid, but it does beg the question – why are family members allowed to be employed at all?"
ToryDiary: Live PMQs blog from noon
Noon Charles Tannock MEP on CentreRight: The dilemmas of an ethical Tory foreign policy
Today’s must-read: ‘Level 2 Cameron’
""There is an element to politics that is a bit like Tomb Raider," [David Cameron] told the Guardian yesterday in his Westminster office overlooking the Thames, as he explained his central aim since his election as leader in 2005 – to decontaminate the polluted Tory brand. "Until you have cleared level one, which I have incidentally never done, you cannot get on to level two. Level one is: are you a reasonable, decent, non-discriminating, sensible, practical person who understands the world as it is lived today, who wants to live in a modern world and who accepts what that means? If so, then you can move on to level two, where you can talk about some of the difficult issues about families and about responsibilities which can lead to trouble.""
The Guardian: British society isn’t broken, Mr Cameron
In a leader that marks David Cameron’s impressive rise over the last year, The Guardian
also contends: "The Tory leader’s claims in Glasgow last week that
Britain is a broken society chimed conveniently with recent headlines
about teenage stabbings, but they hardly stood up to more careful
scrutiny. Certainly a minority of households and communities need
serious repair and support, but most households and most communities in
this country are not broken – and most voters know it."
David Cameron: Taxes may have to rise
"David Cameron has warned that an incoming Tory government might be forced to raise taxes because the economy will be in a dire state after the next election. The Conservative leader also hinted that he might scale back Gordon Brown’s flagship tax credits scheme. He warned that Labour’s efforts to combat poverty by redistributing money from rich to poor had reached "the end of the road"." – Independent
Andrew Lilico on CentreRight doesn’t want George Osborne to rule out recession-busting tax relief.
The dangers of ‘Chapter 11 bankruptcy’ procedures
"Simon Neilson-Clark of law firm DLA Piper said Chapter 11 was no magic bullet, and by protecting failed companies from creditors delayed restructuring that was often necessary – as in the US airline industry. “Chapter 11 is responsible for some of the most inefficient business practices ever,” he said. “Insolvency is sometimes needed to allow proper businesses to prosper and to weed out the rubbish.”" – FT
Telegraph leader: "This has worrying echoes of the 1970s when propping up lame duck businesses was seen as the role of government. It is not. Badly run companies should be allowed to fail – it is a crucial market discipline."
"Talking to the CBI, Mr Cameron made his most economically ignorant observation yet, about making it easier for bad businesses to avoid liquidation. He really doesn’t get it. The late Prof Hayek wasn’t being a tease when he said that bankruptcies were good because they drove inefficiencies out of the economy. He meant it, and he was right. Mr Cameron takes us back to Heatho-Wilsonian socialism, propping up lame ducks and wasting valuable resources that ought to be put to more productive use." – Simon Heffer in The Telegraph
Tory anger at payoff ‘for HMRC man who lost the discs’
"The row over the lost child benefit database reignited on Tuesday when the Conservatives attacked a £137,591 ($275,605) pay-off for the former chairman of Revenue & Customs as an example of the “something for nothing culture”… Philip Hammond, shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, said: “When someone leaves a post because they have presided over a catastrophic failure it beggars belief that they should pocket a golden goodbye of this magnitude.” – FT
Matt Sinclair on CentreRight: How badly would HMRC have to screw up for its Chairman not to get a bonus?
David Davis is given a new Commons office, next to Patrick Mercer – Independent
Nick Clegg revamps LibDems’ internal workings to "take control" – Times
Rapid immigration is damaging some communities, says Committee of MPs – BBC
Expand academy model into primary sector, says thinktank – Guardian
Go and look in your bookshop: new thinking is seeping into politics – Daniel Finkelstein in The Times
> ToryDiary: The influence of the nudge agenda
One in five MPs suffers from stress-related mental illness
"A confidential survey of MPs and peers suggests that one in five parliamentarians suffers from mental illness caused by the stress of their public lives. Those questioned said they feared disclosing their struggles because of stigma and discrimination." – Independent
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