2.15pm ToryDiary on Roger Helmer MEP’s new campaign: "The Eurosceptic way to voters’ hearts should be through their wallets."
2.15pm Ridley Grove on CentreRight wonders – after Iain Martin – if the police would have been so tolerant of a BNP demo at a mosque
12.45pm Local Government:
- Low turnouts in local elections "perfectly rational."
- Less street lighting may not mean more road accidents.
- Labour fear losing their last four remaining county councils
- Labour councillor praised himself using alias
David Cameron returns to work and makes statement on Northern Ireland, chairs shadow cabinet, meets economic advisers – BBC
Boris: It’s cheaper and cheaper to do business in London
"London is setting out to woo foreign investment from companies attracted by the capital’s falling commercial property prices, weak currency and loosening labour market. Think London, the inward investment agency, has drawn up a plan to turn some of the effects of the recession into potential benefits for international companies looking to expand in Europe." – FT
More praise for George Osborne’s recent economy speech – from Irwin Stelzer in The Telegraph
Daniel Finkelstein: Saving money can cost money
"The Tories will aim, of course, to make services more efficient and to get government out of wasteful projects altogether. Yet even this will prove hard. Reform costs money. Making people redundant, moving offices, sending out circulars full of new instructions, keeping interest groups happy while making controversial changes – it all costs money." – Daniel Finkelstein in The Times
Anne McIntosh MP introduces Bill to ensure tougher punishment of repeat shoplifters – ePolitix
Independent Poll of polls show a Tory majority of 92 after a general election – Independent
Older voters most likely to support nationalisation of utilities
"Some 31% strongly supported the renationalisation of electricity, gas, water, the railways and telecommunications industry – while another 36% slightly supported renationalisation. But the over-35s were much more likely to support renationationalisation. Just 12% of 16-24 year-olds strongly supported the idea, whereas 41% of 55-64 year-olds were in favour." – Guardian
More than 1,000 serving police officers in Britain have criminal convictions – BBC
Obama’s Treasury team believe that Europe needs to undertake much larger stimulus packages – Times
"Britain’s top civil servant has warned chaos in Barack Obama’s government is messing up next month’s global summit. Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O’Donnell said US confusion was making it “unbelievably difficult” to prepare for the G20 meet in London. In an unusual swipe, he complained key positions in the President’s administration are STILL unfilled. He told a conference for civil servants: “You cannot believe how difficult it is.” And he said the US system of replacing huge numbers of officials after an election was “absolute madness”." – The Sun
G20 anti-recession summit will cost Britain £50m – Times
"Do not worry too much about capitalism. It will survive because it is natural." – Andrew Alexander in the Daily Mail
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