2.45pm Parliament: Policing and criminal justice in Northern Ireland
2pm WATCH: Video profile of Jeremy Hunt
1.15pm: Andrew Lilico on CentreRight: We’re going to have a fiscal expansion… should it be extra spending or lower taxes?
- Part IV of Charlie Elphicke’s series on Labour’s economic mismanagement: Personal debt
- Jim McConalogue says the pan-European bail-out could be the biggest gamble of taxpayers’ money in recent European history
Local Government: Councils with money in Icelandic banks, the latest list as total nears £1 billion plus Crisis in Tamworth?
Michael Gove highlights educational inequality
"The extent of educational inequality in England is laid bare today with figures showing that in one area of the country barely 3 per cent of children achieved five good GCSEs last year. In the highest-performing area 100 per cent of children achieved five good GCSEs, against a national average of 45.8 per cent." – Times
Fraser Nelson: The Tories need an economic narrative
"As Enoch Powell once observed, the electorate like a tune they can whistle and Mr Brown’s genius has always been to give them that tune. His ‘no more boom and bust’ motif has been replaced by ‘we all got the American blues’. The Tories have not yet composed a tune with which to compete. From the wreckage of his economic bubble, Mr Brown has blown a new political bubble and is floating gleefully inside it. It is no good for Mr Cameron to grumble that it can’t last. The thing about bubbles is that one never can tell when they will burst." – Spectator
Good and bad economic news
"The number of people out of work rose at the fastest rate for 17 years during the three months to the end of August as the economy teetered on the brink of recession." – FT
"Petrol falls below £1 per litre for the first time since December and food prices tumble" – Daily Mail
Frank Field: Labour have failed on welfare
"300,000 new dealers under 25 have had to enrol twice on the course, 88,000 have enrolled for a third time, and more than 25,500 have started the scheme four or more times. The number of young people not in employment, education or training is at a record level, and 27,000 households with children have joined the workless roll since 2005. Half of all participants on the new deal for lone parents are repeating the scheme. So what of the other half of the welfare reform strategy, tax credits? This has cost taxpayers £69 billion, and yet most claimants, so to speak, have not followed the money into work. My feeling is that these credits have played an important part in raising the incomes of people already in work, but not in inducing a mass exodus from the welfare rolls.’ – Frank Field in The Telegraph
DFID under fire for wasting aid money
"Millions of pounds of British aid to poor and war-torn countries has been wasted because of mismanagement and corruption, an official report reveals today. An investigation by the National Audit Office (NAO) found a series of expensive blunders by the Department For International Development (DFID)." – Independent
Salmond predicts Glenrothes victory as SNP gather in Perth for Conference – BBC
Conservative support down in Wales – Western Mail
Sarkozy "seething" with Brown’s leadership of Europe’s response to financial crisis – Independent
Sarah Palin seen as beacon of hope for Republicans as Obama heads for landslide win – Telegraph
And finally… the Prescotts were never invited to Chequers by the Blairs
""We never got close to the Blairs," [John Prescott] says in a new BBC2 programme called Prescott: The Class System And Me to be broadcast on 27 October. He adds: "It just didn’t happen. We were not their set; certainly we were not her set." – Independent | Sun
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