Tim Montgomerie on CentreRight on Tony Blair’s religious remarks: ‘Really Prime Minister; This is not America, you know’
Sarkozy v Brown (and v Prague)
"Relations between Britain and France nose-dived yesterday after the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, branded Gordon Brown’s economic rescue plan a failure… If the British quietly fumed, the Czechs were furious after Sarkozy lambasted French carmakers’ operations outside France. "When a manufacturer – I won’t name names – sets up a factory in the Czech Republic to sell cars to French people, that’s unjustified," Sarkozy argued in flat contradiction of Europe’s single market." – Guardian
The rich men and dodgy money around David Cameron – Peter Oborne in the Daily Mail
Interest rate cuts cause new funding problems for local authorities – BBC
Britain’s top bankers prepare for grilling by the Treasury Select Committee – Times
Britain ready to follow U.S. lead on capping bank bonuses – Daily Mail
Sir Mark Thatcher says the BBC is behaving like the Stasi – Telegraph
Adrian Chiles gives The Sun an eye witness account of Carol Thatcher’s remarks: "Call me politically correct, but it’s totally horrible to call a black person a golliwog — and even worse to then try to duck it by saying it was a joke."
"Lord Reith must turn in his grave. The BBC is now estranged from most of those who fund it. Its wholesale reform is a matter of the utmost urgency." – Simon Heffer in The Telegraph
Labour MPs told to flood Twitter with messages – Independent
The return of union militancy
"A rash of 1970s-style unofficial walkouts by British workers over issues such as tea breaks spurred employers to use foreign workers in the sector at the centre of a wave of industrial unrest in recent weeks, industry insiders have told the Financial Times."
Moderate Republican Senators knock $150bn off stimulus bill as part of deal with Obama – Telegraph
"He is gagging for a fag so we shiver outside while he gasps down a scraggy roll-up, ranting against the smoking ban. If only a proportion of anti-tobacco energy, he says, were invested in pursuing the true source of the cancer epidemic: the chemical industry spurting out pesticides, hormone replicators and plastics." – Zac Goldsmith during an interview with The Times
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