4pm Tim Montgomerie on CentreRight: Who will be first with the ‘time for sacrifices’ speech?
2.45pm CentreRight updates:
- Daisy Thornton: Radical reforms to public services are needed to reduce the deadly combination of poor outcomes and rising costs.
- Andrew Lilico: Isn’t there then an "irresponsible" borrower for every "irresponsible" lending?
12.30pm Parliament: Greg Clark on climate change
Policy Exchange open its CentreRight account with an entry from Ben Caldecott: This government has failed and will continue fail in delivering emission reductions
- Two minute highlights video of David Cameron’s economy speech
- Labour’s cheesiest 1997 election broadcast
Cllr Simon Renwick on Local government: How can Conservative Council candidates defeat "Independents"?
Steve Richards: Cameron needs to do "something big" to show he understands the new world
"One senior Conservative tells me that the party’s strong support for robust regulation of the privatised utilities demonstrates that it has never believed in a laissez-faire approach, but he accepts that many perceive them as reckless free marketers. I am told that Cameron plans to do "something big" when the markets calm down. Perhaps this will take the form of a series of speeches, starting with one he is delivering today on the economy, or something more substantial. But for the Conservatives to be remotely credible in this changed world they need to show conclusively they have learnt the "profound lessons" about the way free markets work and sometimes fail to do so. Attacking Brown is not good enough." – Steve Richards in The Independent
Jeff Randall: Where is George Osborne?
"Whatever you think of the Prime Minister – and no doubt I will read many of your opinions on our website – he does represent something. And, as they say in America, you can’t beat something with nothing. Zero, however, is the sum total of Mr Osborne’s performance in the latest, most dangerous phase, of the credit crunch. If you told me that he had been left behind on a stag trip, bound and gagged in a Prague motel, I’d be tempted to believe it. George, get your trousers on. Liven up. Your country needs you." – Jeff Randall in The Telegraph
Brown calls for petrol retailers to bring prices below £1 a litre – Times
Public spending will not be cut, says Gordon Brown – Telegraph
Ireland introduces emergency measures as budget deficit hits 8% – Scotsman
Government commits UK to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 – BBC
"No retreat from green agenda despite recession" – Ed Miliband talks to The Guardian
Harriet Harman denies rowing with Brown on abortion – ePolitix
OECD ready to attack Labour’s record on bribery – Sky
New British Army chief wants 30,000 troops surge for Afghanistan – Independent
The Times endorses Barack Obama – Times leader
Exciting job opportunity in Boris Johnson’s private office: Senior Adviser (Policing)
"A Senior Adviser is required for the Mayor’s Private Office, to provide high level support to the Deputy Mayor (Policing) on the delivery of priorities and to attend meetings, deal with correspondence and manage relationships with internal and external contacts." More here.
Quentin Letts reviews the parliamentary dog show: "Nick Harvey (Lib Dem, North Devon) was attending the show with his beautiful golden retriever, name of Crumpet. Crumpet? That’s not a very politically correct name for a Lib Dem." – Daily Mail
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