7.30pm AmericaInTheWorld: Clinton urges China not to repeat America’s environmental "mistakes"

7pm Peter Cuthbertson on CentreRight prefers interviews where the interviewee’s answers speak for themselves

4pm WATCH: Kevin Rudd speaks at Australia’s National Day of Mourning for wildfires’ dead

10.30am ToryDiary: Ed Vaizey questions future of ministerial car

WATCH: Clarissa Dickson Wright of Two Fat Ladies TV fame backs the Tories’ Honest Food campaign


Ewan Watt on Platform: How a broken British military could replace domestic objections as the main obstacle for Anglo-American co-operation

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…

…for promising to end police reliance on cautioning for violent offences – The Sunday Telegraph
and… for claiming £100,000 on Westminster flat – The Sunday Mirror

> Yesterday evening’s ToryDiary looked at both stories

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% mortgagesThe 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 accidentsIndependent on Sunday


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