1.15pm Greg Hands MP on CentreRight: The German stimulus package is more inspired by us than by Labour
10am Andrew Lilico on CentreRight: Ridiculous assault or legimitate spin over "green shoots"?
Mark Field MP on CentreRight: Gordon Brown should worry when voters reach the angry stage
Third runway at Heathrow to get go ahead from Brown – BBC
"The latest figures confirm that demand for air travel is falling; those saying that Heathrow is operating at
99 per cent capacity are out of date. The number of passengers using Heathrow was down 1.4 per cent last year and at Gatwick demand declined by 2.4 per cent. At Stansted, the fall was 6 per cent. Across the sector, the downturn is accelerating and, even when the recovery comes, will the craze for air travel resume at the old rate? Certainly, there will be far fewer bankers flying to New York to seal silly deals which load their companies with debt and cripple the economy." – Iain Martin in The Telegraph is against a third runwa
"UK greenhouse gas emissions from aviation are rising faster than those of any other sector. To sanction a policy which actively promotes their expansion, in the very year when the international community is desperately trying to put together a treaty to cut emissions back hard, and Britain has officially adopted the target of cutting back its own emissions by 80 per cent, is political nonsense." – Independent
Pickles plan to cut number of council chief executives lacks support among Tory councillors – Local Government Chronicle
Tory activists in Bradford ‘used empty homes in postal vote scam’ – Times
Quentin Letts on the "fake" John Bercow; "A work of artifice" who is creeping around Labour MPs in his bid to become Speaker
"In an apparent bid to endear himself to Labour MPs (whose votes might swing the choice of next Speaker), Mr Bercow assumed his greasiest tone to tell the House: ‘It would be unconstructive, flippant and just plain wrong to dismiss a commitment to greater social mobility as being somehow a commitment to a class war.’ What a fake speaking manner he has, over-elaborate, the accent polished like Cyril Fletcher’s old armchair in That’s Life. His remark was surely designed to slap Mrs May round the chops with a wet haddock. Those who set greater store than me by the principle of party solidarity might go so far to say that Mr Bercow’s sally was strikingly disloyal." – Quentin Letts in the Daily Mail
Mandelson fails to quell Labour’s growing Royal Mail revolt – Independent
David Miliband: ‘War on terror’ rhetoric was a mistake
"The foreign secretary, David Miliband, today argues that the use of the "war on terror" as a western rallying cry since the September 11 attacks has been a mistake that may have caused "more harm than good"." – Guardian
Brown meets Sarkozy and then Merkel for economic policy strategy talks – Sky
"Customers buying new cars will get loans from the taxpayer under a controversial plan to rescue the beleaguered motor industry." – Times
Barack Obama ready to let gay Americans serve openly in miltary – Telegraph
Andrew Roberts: Bush was right
"Mistakes are made in every war, but when virtually the entire military, diplomatic and political establishment in the West opposed it, Bush insisted on the surge in Iraq that has been seen to have brought the war around, and set Iraq on the right path. Today its GDP is 30 per cent higher than under Saddam, and it is free of a brutal dictator and his rapist sons." – Andrew Roberts in The Telegraph | Andrew Roberts for the Lords?
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