Local government: Mark Wallace of the Taxpayers Alliance says Councils should avoid spending money on surveillance
Greg Hands MP on CentreRight: German Finance Minister considers a possible collapse of the Euro
Big boost for Conservatives as Lord Turnbull agrees to help with preparations for government
"David Cameron has enlisted Lord Turnbull, the former cabinet secretary under Tony Blair, as an adviser on making preparations for government, in a further sign of how power is shifting in Whitehall, The Observer can reveal."
But John Rentoul in The Independent on Sunday says Cameron’s plans for government remain far too vague: "We know almost nothing about what a Cameron government would do, except that it would not be radically different from what a Labour government would do, especially one that had to work with the Liberal Democrats in a hung parliament."
Chris Grayling in the news…
Ken Clarke on why he returned to the frontbench
"Like Peter Mandelson and myself, if you have been bitten by the political bug, it doesn’t leave you. Remaining semi-detached in the end is not what you want to do. Both of us were lured back by the extraordinary nature of the political and economic crisis." – During the course of an extended interview with The Sunday Telegraph
Andrew Rawnsley analyses the completely different Tory approaches to education and health
"One of the most interesting figures on the Tory frontbench is Michael Gove, the shadow education secretary, who has come closest to developing an ambitious, detailed and potentially transformative policy. He wants to introduce the Swedish model of education, in which local authority schools face competition from state-funded, non-profit-making but independent schools. This is what Tony Blair wanted to do, but couldn’t because his party wouldn’t let him. The Tory focus in education is on empowering parents. Their health policy, by contrast, seems to be governed by an entirely different philosophy which is orientated towards the producers. Whenever the government tries to get better service from doctors, Andrew Lansley, the Tories’ health spokesman, is to be found manning the barricades of opposition to reform, waving an angry stethoscope with the British Medical Association." – The Observer
Is Cameron serious on human rights?
"David Cameron says he “resents every penny” of the £2,500 compensation paid
to Abu Qatada under ‘human rights’ laws. But his proposed Bill of Rights is a decoy. He’d keep us in hock to the same
Strasbourg court. I’d advise Cam to keep quiet about Human Rights lunacies.
Until he gathers the resolve to actually do something about it." – Fraser Nelson in the News of the World
Get busy, Mr Cameron, victory isn’t certain – Michael Portillo in The Sunday Times
Frank Field MP on Margaret Thatcher…
"I couldn’t help wondering whether I would ever see a Prime Minister who was more able in pushing through radical reforms. Two decades on, I am still waiting and wondering." – The Labour MP writing in the Mail on Sunday
…Bernard Ingham on Margaret Thatcher
"Her most significant act was to stand against the prevailing pale-pink consensus which had stood for 35 years. She didn’t do a lot wrong. She might have been less abrasive but then she would not have achieved as much." – Bernard Ingham as part of a series of quotes on Lady Thatcher compiled by The Independent on Sunday
Brown wants end to 100% mortgages – The Observer
"We do not envisage, as some have advocated, a rigid divide in future
between "narrow banking" – retail and corporate deposit taking – and
investment banking and trading conducted at an international level. But
while no one is advocating a retreat to single-purpose, nationally
focused banks, we do want to see the reinvention of the traditional
savings and mortgage bank in Britain, for loans to be made on prudent
and careful terms, not just to people with large deposits, but to
first-time buyers and those on middle and modest incomes who wish to
buy their home but who have not been able to save a huge deposit." –
Gordon Brown in The Observer
Avoid morality in talking to kids about sex says new Government leaflet – The Sunday Times
The data used by the Climate Change industry is increasingly unreliable – Christopher Booker in The Sunday Telegraph
One-third of deaths in Britain’s military caused by accidents – Independent on Sunday
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