7.45pm Martin Parsons on CentreRight: Nuclear power stations are a terrorist target…but is the government prepared?
Rachel Joyce on Platform: We can cut costs and protect vital public services
Quote of the day
“The 45p top rate is a bad signal, it’s a bit of red meat pointlessly poked through the bars to slavering, lobotomised Labour backbenchers.”
– Boris Johnson within an interview for The Times
…and Boris is right: "The Institute for Fiscal Studies, an independent think-tank, said the government’s expectation of raising £1.6bn ($2.3bn) a year from the first rise in the top rate since 1974 “is subject to an extremely wide margin of error and the possibility must exist that the measure could lose the government income tax revenue.” – FT | Janet Daley
+ "Britain’s most respected economic forecaster said a double-income couple with children would lose £1,467 more to the taxman in 2011 than they did in 1997" – Daily Mail
Cameron to address Ulster Unionist conference today as "passionate unionist" – BBC
Labour MP calls for Michael Martin to quit
"Backbencher Bob Marshall-Andrews has become the first Labour MP to publicly call for Commons Speaker Michael Martin to resign." – BBC
Dominic Grieve agrees that Home Office has right to dismiss ‘Damian Green’s mole’ – Telegraph
Tories sweep Green’s home, car and offices for bugging devices – Independent
Will recession help David Cameron to oust Gordon Brown?
"In 1992, Labour assumed the Conservatives would be blamed for the recession and would be rejected after 13 years in power. But Neil Kinnock was never a realistic prospect of prime minister in Middle England. Cameron is no Kinnock, but what if history repeats itself? Would voters opt again for the devil they know and back the party that got the country into such a mess in the first place? It is a question that haunts the Tories." – Andrew Pierce in The Telegraph
"The British Election Study at Essex University has found that only 23 per cent of people hold Mr Brown personally responsible for the economic crisis. Seventy per cent blame US banks and 61 per cent UK banks, while 45 per cent think Mr Brown has done a good job in the crisis." – Andrew Grice in The Independent
The star of last week’s Tory broadcast went bust in the boom years – Liverpool Daily Post
Britain’s ‘broken society’
"Instead of arguing about whether British society is broken, we as politicians should commit to a programme to fix it. We are running out of time." – Iain Duncan Smith writing in The Telegraph
"In politics, former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith – whose latest plan is to reward well behaved council tenants with equity in their homes – is almost alone in speaking up for redressing the welfare balance to favour responsible parents. This paper salutes him." – Daily Mail leader
TaxPayers’ Alliance blames complex tax system for booming black economy – Telegraph
The Earl of Lauderdale – Obituary in The Telegraph
Two arrested over leaking of BNP membership list – Guardian
"A woman from the national office of prying into our lives at every possible opportunity… assures us the information we give about our love for donkeys, petrol pumps, space monsters and the like will be treated in confidence. Right up to the moment when some dozy civil servant leaves his laptop on a train." – Jeremy Clarkson in The Sun
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