8.30pm Harry Phibbs on CentreRight: How many anti smoking officers does the NHS employ?
6pm Graeme Archer on gambling and Stuart Wheeler: "The haunted faces of men, outside the numerous bookmaker shops that my impoverished borough boasts, is one of the most depressing in urban life. Yes, yes, I know, free will, no, of course I would not ban it, but look at the face of the man who has lost his money, again, and tell me you do not think: someone is making money from this misery."
- "There are no plans to remove Stuart Wheeler from the Conservative Party"
Updated at 11am with news that CCHQ is still considering whether to suspend Mr Wheeler
- Conservatives will slash government advertising spend by £250m
Tim Loughton MP on Platform: Labour's ContactPoint child protection database should be scrapped
Peter Cuthbertson on ConservativeInternational discusses "the uneasy, and underexplored tension between the free economy, social
change and the small state": "It is easy to imagine the tensions and
questions that this trilemma raises being central to conservative
debates across the English-speaking world in years to come – if they
Conservatives 13% ahead in ICM survey for The Sunday Telegraph – Last night's ToryDiary
Tory spokesman says party policy won't be influenced by donors
"Our policies on Europe are robust and we are committed to a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. Conservative policy on Europe – as on other matters – is decided by David Cameron and his Shadow Cabinet and not by any donors." – A Tory spokesman quoted in the Independent on Sunday
Stuart Wheeler: The EU is more expensive than the recession
"The well known economist Patrick Minford and the merchant banker Ian Milne put the cost at about £1,000 per annum for every man, woman, child and baby in this country. Others think it is far more. Let us stick with £1,000 i.e. £4,000 for a typical family of four which, if it has only one breadwinner, has to live on an average of about £17,000 a year after tax." – Stuart Wheeler in The Sunday Times
George Osborne: Britain in worse situation than America
"Paul Volcker, President Obama's senior economic policy adviser, said a few days ago that the banking crisis "is probably worse in the UK"… We borrowed even more than America. Our households became more indebted, our banks were more highly leveraged, and our housing bubble was bigger." – The Shadow Chancellor writing in the Independent on Sunday
William Hague under attack for his use of taxpayers' allowances
"William Hague claimed £61,995 in taxpayers’ cash to help pay for a
£1million second home in London – while pocketing around £800,000 a
year from part-time jobs." – Sunday Mirror
'How Jacqui Smith's husband watched pornographic movies… paid for by the taxpayer' – Mail on Sunday
"The whole wretched panoply of allowances should be ended and replaced with a strict scheme of legitimate and modest expenses backed with checkable receipts. And if MPs are to be paid more, then let the money be found by reducing their numbers and so increasing their quality." – Mail on Sunday leader
"Instead of closing up loopholes and clamping down on excesses [MPs] have simply SCRAPPED the strict rules that have tripped MPs up, sparking the recent wave of scandals." – News of the World
Britain has colluded with torture – David Davis in The Observer
France Maude benefits from company that benefits from government advertising – The Sunday Telegraph
(But Mr Maude opposes more government advertising so ConHome can't see what TheSunTel is making an issue of).
'Robocop' Ray Mallon: Police efforts to deal with anti-social behaviour are being crippled by Government diktats
In a report for Iain Duncan Smith's Centre for Social Justice, "Mr Mallon, who became famous for his zero-tolerance policing as a
Detective Superintendent in Hartlepool and Middlesbrough, warns that
officers are in the grip of an ‘arrest or ignore’ culture." – Mail on Sunday
Annabel Goldie: Prisoners in Scottish jails should all face mandatory drug testing – BBC
Scotland's largest building society collapsed after incurring losses last year estimated at £26m – BBC
Darling wants to use Budget to top up tax credits for lowest earners – Observer
Germany suspected of leaking draft Brown plans for $1.4 trillion G20 stimulus – Sunday Telegraph
"Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, last night led the assault on the prime minister’s “global new deal” for a $2 trillion-plus fiscal stimulus to end the recession. “I will not let anyone tell me that we must spend more money,” she said." – Sunday Times
"The G20 will “agree” some fluffy nonsense. When Brown can’t get agreement in his own government, what hope of a 20-nation deal?" – Fraser Nelson in the News of the World
Army launches campaign after three soldiers apparently commit suicide in Iraq – Sunday Telegraph
> Liam Fox recently made a speech on the mental health services within the military
Rise of sea levels is 'the greatest lie ever told' – Christopher Booker in The Sunday Telegraph
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