11.30am WATCH: L is for Labour, L is for Lice (but not to be taken too seriously!)
11am Paul Goodman MP on CentreRight: Ministers fail to answer my questions on Britain’s sharia courts
"WE ARE NOT COURTIERS AND CRONIES"
Local government: Richard Ashton says Political Advisors have a worthwhile role in winning the battle of ideas
- Boris promises to sit in dark for an hour during March 2009’s ‘Earth Hour’
- Gordon Brown tells Commons that he opposes legalisation of assisted suicide
- Michael Ignatieff, new Liberal leader, urges Canada’s Conservative government to copy Gordon Brown’s stimulus plan
Today’s must-read: "Pensioners’ savings should not be taxed"
"The Daily Telegraph today launches a campaign for the savings income of pensioners to be exempted from tax. We are not talking about a small number of well-heeled people here. Nearly nine million of the country’s 11 million pensioners receive some form of income from savings and investments. For more than five million of them, it provides at least half their income. And the overwhelming majority are of modest means. According to the Government’s own figures, eight million pensioners receive investment income worth an average of £51 a week. This is now being reduced dramatically…"
Nein, nein, nein
"The assumption appears to be that fiscal stimulus will automatically revive private spending. But this belief contrasts with data that show there is considerable uncertainty about the size and nature of the stimulus required to cause spending to increase." – Leszek Balcerowicz and Andrzej Rzonca in the FT
Borrow, spend and then plug the black hole with heavy taxation of petrol – Anatole Kaletsky in The Times
Existing infrastructure projects are getting behind schedule – FT
The Bank of England economist who attacked colleagues for not cutting interest rates has quit – Sky
"It is still highly unlikely that Britain will go to the IMF, but the highly unlikely has been happening rather a lot recently." – Fraser Nelson in The Spectator
Peter Riddell: Labour depend upon early signs of economic renewal
"Mr Brown reckons that the public will respect a decisive government. But that depends on initiatives having a visible, positive impact next year." – Peter Riddell in The Times
Another ‘GOAT’ leaves Brown’s ‘big tent’
"Lord Lester, a Liberal Democrat and distinguished human rights lawyer, quit as the prime minister’s adviser on constitutional reform a month ago. In a scathing attack yesterday, he revealed for the first time how he felt tethered by the government, describing its record on human rights as "dismal and deeply disappointing"." – Guardian
Jacqui Smith to create local intelligence profiles on the activities of extremists – ePolitix
The real reason of the Damian Green affair is that we need elected police chiefs
"For the better part of a decade, we’ve campaigned to place the police under elected sheriffs. Some of our chief constables, we contended, had cast off the cables that once attached them to public opinion. They were concentrating on speed cameras and hate crimes and community relations when the rest of us wanted them to concentrate on being unpleasant to scoundrels. The best way to align the police’s priorities with everyone else’s, we argued, was to place our constabularies under locally elected representatives." – Douglas Carswell MP and Dan Hannan MEP in The Spectator
"Even the most hard-core Left-wingers say Boris Johnson is the only Tory they’d ever consider snogging." – Daily Mail
And finally… the Cameron family Christmas card
"This year, David Cameron’s card features a photograph of his family taken after a birthday party. He has opted for black and white, lending extra authenticity, rather than the colour of the Blair tradition. The Tory leader gazes into the eyes of his son Ivan. His daughter Nancy is wearing her party dress, while the youngest, Arthur, appears to be in the grip of a major birthday-cake high. Samantha Cameron wears the rictus smile of a woman who would like the photographer to go so that she can have a drink." – Ben Macintryre in The Times
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