11.45am Local Government:
- Tower Hamlets: The alternative budget.
- Ealing Council Tax freeze confirmed.
- Labour peer raises concerns over fraud in Waltham Forest.
- "ACAS has told Councils to pay a 2.75% rise to 1.4 million local government workers – instead of the 2.45% offered."
- Why sprinklers are needed in schools by Cllr Brian Coleman
- Tim Montgomerie on US marines’ very different receptions for Presidents Bush and Obama
- Ruth Lea: The ONS was right to publish the population data
Interview with Annabel Goldie, Scottish Tory leader – Scotsman
Jacob Rees-Mogg, Tory candidate in Somerset NE, under fire for plagiarism – Western Daily Press
Northamptonshire’s Tory leader will not be investigated by a local authority watchdog after comparing rival to notorious Nazi Joseph Goebbels – Telegraph
A quarter of councils are providing inadequate or minimal services for young people – Times
"The Audit Commission rankings of council services strike fear into the heart of local authorities up and down the country. So they should. This year’s tables are an appalling indictment of children’s services (education, child protection and social work), which are rated barely adequate in a quarter of authorities, “inadequate” in four, and which are the only services that showed an overall decline nationally, rather than improvement. With some councils having appeared low on the list time and again, promises to improve are no longer enough. It is time to challenge these monopolies." – Times leader
Michael Howard gets a new job
"Going against the flow from Westminster to the City is former Tory leader Michael Howard , who has joined the board of personal injury and car accident claims group Helphire. The 67-year- old former barrister brings his experience in personal injury and accident cases." – FT
Milton Friedman was right to predict that the euro might not survive a recession – Simon Heffer in The Telegraph
An "urgent" shortage of detention centre places is holding up the removal of failed asylum seekers – Telegraph
"Britain’s social democratic parties must join forces to avoid the 21st century being another Conservative century" – Vernon Bogdanor in The Times calls for a Labour-Liberal Democrat alliance
> ConservativeHome recently noted Tory plans to woo the LibDems away from Labour
Mandelson calls for more state activism to replace ‘light touch’ – Independent
Public sector pay and perks – paid for by YOU – will cripple this country for years to come – Max Hastings in Daily Mail
And finally… We might respect you if you apologise
Christopher Howse’s message to Fred Goodwin and Gordon Brown in The Telegraph
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