5.45pm Ridley Grove on CentreRight: Some observations on a bailout for Jaguar Land Rover
10.30am Peter Franklin on CentreRight points to new evidence that shows tax and benefits do impact decisions about family life
- Local people may have the chance to name local places: David Beckham Park… the J K Rowling Library… the Bruce Forsyth School…
- Should Council’s have "Film Units"?
Alex Deane on CentreRight: "Many of the newest solar panels are manufactured with a gas that is 17,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide in contributing to global warming."
Tim Montgomerie on CentreRight: Another proof that the recession is killing green politics
Tories demand full apology from Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick
"The Conservative Party is demanding a full apology from one of Britain’s most senior policemen after he claimed they had mobilised the press against him. Met Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick claims they tried to undermine his inquiry into Home Office leaks, which led to the arrest of MP Damian Green. Mr Quick later withdrew suggestions they had behaved in a "corrupt" way." – BBC
Andrew Mitchell: Collapse of £ slashes value of British aid
"Figures from the Conservatives show that the pound’s fall over the past 18 months has effectively reduced the value of British aid by up to £334 million. Since June 2007, when Gordon Brown became Prime Minister, the pound has depreciated against the dollar by 22 per cent. This has had a knock-on effect of hitting the value of the pound in some of the world’s poorest countries." – Telegraph
And slightly less importantly: "Brits living in continental Europe have to put up with shrinking wallets and a touch of condescension" – Rosemary Righter in The Times
Tories promise new network of rape crisis centres
"David Cameron has pledged the Tories will crack down on rape and domestic violence. The plans include opening 15 rape crisis centres, teaching children about sexual consent as well as training police on people trafficking, stalking and “honour-based” attacks." – The Sun
Boris invites Sainsbury’s CEO to be Olympics adviser
Boris Johnson has approached Justin King, chief executive of J Sainsbury, to become his principal adviser on the London 2012 Games – FT
Accelerated Government spending programmes will provide 100,000 jobs claims Brown – Telegraph
"Britain faces an unemployment "bloodbath" in the new year with many tens of thousands of jobs axed in the public and private sectors, according to a cabinet minister. Senior government figures are braced for a dramatic lengthening in dole queues in the first quarter of 2009, as employers delay announcing redundancies until after Christmas." – Independent
Mandelson may approve £500m grant to Jaguar Land Rover – Scotsman
The world is in a very bleak midwinter – The Independent‘s Bruce Anderson overviews a depressing global scene
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