Midnight ToryDiary: LibDems get Conference bounce
- Jim McConalogue on how much of Britain’s fuel tax is decided by Brussels
- Daniel Hamilton on the ‘Scots’ version of the Scottish Parliament web site
Two PlayPolitical videos:
- Gordon Brown talks to Sky’s expert reporters about the credit crunch
- Joe Biden: Paying more taxes is the patriotic thing to do
Today’s must-read article: More regulation may only do more harm
"Tripartite regulation between the Treasury, the Bank of England and the Financial Services Authority was a work of genius – until someone rediscovered the old truth that when you have three people in charge of something no one is really in charge. Again this is not lack of regulation. It is the wrong sort of regulation, misdirected, incoherent and in some respects, excessive." – Gerard Baker in The Times
HOLD THE FRONT PAGE!
…Simon Heffer offers some unqualified praise for David Cameron, the father
"One thing that even his sternest critic has to concede to him is that he is a superb father to his disabled child, and that is quite clearly evoked by Mr Jones. There has been a debate about whether Mr Cameron exploits this personal tragedy for political gain. Those who do not have to cope with such a difficulty in their lives should perhaps hold off: different people will have different ways of dealing with this sort of thing, and it is the one aspect of Mr Cameron’s personality that emerges from this book as unequivocally admirable." – Simon Heffer in the New Statesman
Luntz focus group dials down Tory message on tax
"When Cameron talked about how the Tories can’t promise tax cuts the panel dialled him down, when Clegg talked about tax cuts they almost unanimously dialled him up." – James Forsyth, The Spectator blog
Within this Guardian blog, even Peter Tatchell calls for higher income tax thresholds.
Stuart Wheeler demands "massive renegotiation of our whole relationship with the EU"
"Tories should tell their MP, MEP or candidate that, unless two pledges are in the manifesto your support in the European elections will not go to the Tories and may well go elsewhere. Pledge one: a promise, with no weasel words, that if Lisbon is not law when they come to power, they will hold a referendum on whether to withdraw our ratification. Pledge two: a promise that if Lisbon is law when they come to power, there will be an immediate, massive renegotiation of our whole relationship with the EU, to be followed by a referendum on whether to accept the result." – Stuart Wheeler in The Independent
"More than 215,000 prisoners are to be freed from jail early in the next seven years, according to projections of the prison population published yesterday." – Times
Boris Johnson waved the Paralympics flag last night at a spectacular closing ceremony in China – The Sun
54% of LabourHome readers want Brown out – Independent
"Labour MP Alan Simpson predicted the party conference next week would be Mr Brown’s last as leader. ‘Gordon is like a Damien Hirst sheep,’ he said. ‘Trapped in formaldehyde, he lacks the qualities needed for a bold leap that would free him from his own goo.’" – Daily Mail
The TaxPayers’ Alliance launch The Brown Calculator
Click here to see Brown get all of his sums wrong.
Harry de Quetteville on how the German election campaign is already underway – Telegraph
One of the most experienced bomb disposal experts in the British Army has been killed serving in Afghanistan – Telegraph
Nervous people ‘are likely to be right-wing’ – Independent
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