5.30pm Robert Halfon on CentreRight: The Government allows yet another Islamist into the UK
- Peter Cuthbertson: Come to the G8 Youth Summit 2009! (Conservatives need not apply)
- Graeme Archer finds his patience taxed by Mark Oaten’s financial incontinence
12.45pm WATCH: David Cameron summarises the range of Tory tax reliefs
Cllr Daniel Moylan on Local government: Why are Councils funding a nannying promoter of the Metric system?
Tory lead down to 6% – Yesterday’s ToryDiary
Tories want to frame the next election as a choice between responsibility and even more borrowing
"The Conservatives, however, are equally certain that they are following the right course with what they call the “housewife” strategy. Their case is that just as ordinary families are going through their weekly household budgets working out which standing orders to cancel, so the Government must tighten the purse strings rather than simply wave around a public credit card. For them Mr Brown’s decision to borrow more to invest is just another example of the recklessness that got us into this trouble in the first place." – Rachel Sylvester in The Times
"Plans to charge millions of motorists increased vehicle duty will be delayed as part of the Government’s tax-cutting package to revive the ailing economy" – Telegraph
Steve Richards: The Tories are incoherent
"Mr Cameron supports light regulation, is opposed to the nationalisation of financial institutions, still believes in the overriding efficacy of the markets against the state and yet, following the Blairite rule book from the mid 1990s, he has committed the Tories to Labour’s current spending plans, has admitted that nationalisation of banks might have to be an option and accepts that taxes might have to rise to sort out the current government’s mess. The recent opinion polls suggest that he is getting away with this incoherence so far, at least in England. He will not get away withit for much longer." – Steve Richards in The Independent
Brown sets out agenda for the incoming President
"Brown argued that the transatlantic special relationship was "a partnership for a purpose and the engine of effective multilaterism". He put forward an ambitious agenda for Obama to pursue: arms reduction; peace in Afghanistan and Iraq; an urgent world trade deal; a climate change agreement by next year; a peace settlement in the Middle East; and a worldwide reflationary strategy to minimise the threat of recession." – Guardian
Photographs of Bush and Obama – WhiteHouse.gov
MPs debate third Heathrow runway today – BBC
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