5.15pm David Lidington on CentreRight discusses Sarah Palin: "I think that this episode shows that in the US as in Britain, it is possible, indeed laudable, for people to stand up for family values and good behaviour while accepting that we are all fallible human beings who make mistakes and misjudgements. I think that’s why David Cameron’s approach strikes such a chord at home."
- Alex Deane wants a procedure for checking judges after they are appointed
- David Lidington’s first report from the Republican Convention
- Julia Manning thinks Sarah Palin will withstand the pressure
David Cameron and William Hague arrive in Afghanistan – BBC
Conservatives remain 16% ahead in new Populus poll – ToryDiary
Tory policy on inheritance tax
"Families will be able to inherit £2 million tax free from their parents under Tory plans to raise the Inheritance Tax threshold, the Daily Telegraph can disclose."
Cameron blasts Brown’s "dangerous" emergency measures – Express
Brown to promise first-time buyers in England "free" loans of up to 30% of their home’s value – BBC
"Brown is the loan arranger" – The Sun gives positive treatment to Brown’s relaunch
In his Tuesday column for The Daily Telegraph Boris Johnson employs "Damsonomics" to say that we can’t be sure what caused our economic difficulties, nor what might put the economy right.
Does Brown dare to reshuffle Darling?
"A limited reshuffle – focused on merging the Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland jobs into a single constitutional secretary role – had been pencilled into the No 10 diary for this week. Mr Brown is being urged to postpone it and carry out a wider reshuffle involving Mr Darling. It would be wrong of the Prime Minister to pin the blame for his and the country’s difficulties on the Chancellor – and foolish for him to sack someone who knows where the political bodies are buried." – Rachel Sylvester in The Times
Chancellor’s grave warning sends pound plunging, pushes up holiday prices and kills off hope of interest rate cut – Daily Mail
Edward Leigh leads questioning of Labour’s management of PFI contracts – Telegraph
John Denham writes to dead schoolgirl for second time – Telegraph
"Lord Tebbit ‘could have been a hoodie’ if his stint doing National Service hadn’t knocked him into shape, he has said. The Tory peer, who was known as the Chingford Skinhead during his time in politics, said serving the Armed Forces had given him an outlet for his energy and stopped him getting into trouble as a teenager." – Daily Mail
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