11.15pm Matt Sinclair on CentreRight: At some point, someone will need to make this speech
- Andrew Lilico on US private capitalism, RIP: "The US government has decided it could find $1,000,000,000,000 to bail out rich lenders that had made bad decisions (shareholders have been wiped out, but those that lent too much – one of the errors at the core of the problem – have been saved!). In the future, US taxes will need to service this debt. What argument is anyone going to be able to offer as to why these taxes should be paid by the poor?"
- Greg Hands on CCTV and a national DNA database
- Louise Bagshawe on J K Rowling’s £1 million donation to Labour
- Suli Shah on Bush as America’s most big government President since WWII: "Despite Bush’s social conservative successes and his strong response to 9/11, his handling of this financial crisis will be his unmaking. He has decisively moved the American political fulcrum to the Left, and left an almighty economic mess that will take years to undo. The global capital of Big Government today is not Moscow or Beijing, but Washington DC."
Seats and candidates: Should the Tories spend £2m in California?
"Recently, someone with belligerent new neighbours requested anti-depressant and sleeping pills but pills were not the solution. After several months and in desperation, she requested a letter to move away from a house that has been home to three generations. “Can you put in a strong medical reason, like stress or depression, as otherwise I won’t get enough points from the Council to get out of the area?” pleaded the young mother. Why have councils become insensitive? Why medicalise a social problem? Why put out good people to please and embolden the bad ones? Why does our society tolerate people who wreak misery on others?"
George Osborne repeats "effing awful" judgment on Brown
"George Osborne, the shadow chancellor, in a magazine interview has repeated his charge that Mr Brown was an "effing awful" Prime Minister. Mr Osborne was rebuked by the Commons authorities for using the same language when Mr Brown was Chancellor. "Well, I was right, wasn’t I? He is an effing awful prime minister. And you should be able to tell the truth in Parliament. When it comes to political communication, Brown is just so bad at it." Mr Osborne, who in the past has called Mr Brown "weak "brutal" "unpleasant, "a phoney" and a "failure", added: "Do I hate the man? I certainly stand by everything I’ve said about him."" – Telegraph
Alan Johnson says he doesn’t aspire to job of PM – Times
"Rebel Labour MPs have called a "truce" in their battle to oust Gordon Brown because they fear a voter backlash if they undermine him during the global financial crisis. The tactical retreat by his critics is a boost for the Prime Minister on the eve of Labour’s annual conference in Manchester starting today." – Independent
Keith Vaz faces sleaze inquiry after intervening on behalf of party donor – Daily Mail
Michael Gove prepared to scrap new Government diplomas – BBC
Scotland proposes radical anti-alcohol measures
"Scotland, which led the UK in its ban on smoking in public spaces, is poised to pioneer measures aimed at curbing alcohol abuse. The devolved Scottish government has proposed a raft of radical steps – including setting a minimum price for alcohol, restricting sales of drink from off-licences to those aged at least 21 and forcing supermarkets to create separate check-outs for alcohol." – FT
"’What works’ is what all politicians, from Left to Right, believe in."
Their fashionable pragmatism should worry you – Matthew Parris in The Times
Reflecting on Neil Kinnock’s political life – Western Mail
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