Ministers have “pinched” £300m of funding from small businesses says Alan Duncan – FT
Cameron’s free flights to meet Rupert Murdoch
"The Tories have insisted that David Cameron did ‘nothing wrong’ by accepting free flights so he could meet media tycoon Rupert Murdoch. Mr Cameron was flown on August 16 by private jet to the Greek island of Santorini, where he joined Mr Murdoch for drinks on his 184ft yacht Rosehearty." – Daily Mail
Simon Heffer savages George Osborne
"George will never live this down. Worst of all, he has shown himself untrustworthy when it comes to keeping confidences. He might be required to keep one or two if he becomes chancellor, or joins Her Majesty’s Privy Council. It is a test of Dave’s strength that he is ruthless with those who let the side down, even if they happen to be chums. Were George a gentleman – and we know from his betrayal of Lord Rumba that he is not – he would have walked the plank. As it is, his party must accept it will be hobbled by the smell of Doltgate for so long as he hangs around." – Simon Heffer in The Telegraph
The Tories and class
"If Labour lurches into class-based attacks, it would turn off the voters even more than the Tories have done in the past week. Mr Cameron is right to think that what matters to most people is "not where you come from but where you are going". Yet the lesson for the Tories isthat they need to be very careful,as voters take a much closer look at them over the next 18 months and wonder how – and for whom – they would govern the country. You can’t choose your parents, but you can choose your friends." – Andrew Grice in The Independent
Charles Moore: Who will be first with the everything-has-changed speech?
"If everything is different, the political prize will go to the first leader to articulate this, and explain how we should confront this new, much grimmer world. The fascination of our politics just now is that it is not obvious who that leader will be." – Charles Moore in The Telegraph
Last week Tim Montgomerie asked: Who will be first with the ‘time for sacrifices’ speech?
Mandelson admits that he needs to be more careful in future
"Lord Mandelson has admitted that the public were misled about when he first met the oligarch Oleg Deripaska and acknowledged that his new ministerial role requires him to be more careful about his contacts with the wealthy." – Times
Brown in Glenrothes today – BBC
Recession to be ‘worse than the 1990s’, experts warn – Telegraph
"The BBC is facing claims that it is avoiding using the ‘R-word’ – recession – to avoid being too depressing about the gloomy situation. It has been alleged that reporters have been encouraged to opt for ‘downturn’. Sources have suggested that those covering the story for the BBC World Service have also been given the phrase ‘global financial crisis’ to use." – Daily Mail
£86million scheme to prevent Muslim radicalisation is ‘gravy train’ for local groups – Telegraph
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