7pm Melancthon on CentreRight: The War of the Parties: The Earth under the Credit Crunch
5.15pm Tim Montgomerie on CentreRight: Do you realise the seriousness of Britain's economic crisis, Alex?
After Gary McKinnon lost his latest High Court bid to avoid extradition to the US for hacking into military computers David Cameron issued a statement: "I am deeply saddened and disappointed with this decision. Gary McKinnon is a vulnerable young man and I see no compassion in sending him thousands of miles away from his home and loved ones to face trial. If he has questions to answer, there is a clear argument to be made that he should answer them in a British court. This case raises serious questions about the workings of the Extradition Act, which should be reviewed.” (Iain Dale has blogged a reaction).
Noon Matthew Sinclair on CentreRight: What happens if we don't get the trampoline recovery Darling is relying on?
Also on local government yesterday's by-election results including a Tory gain of a ward where a councillor had been expelled from the BNP
Telegraph calls for Alan Duncan to go in shadow cabinet shake up
"Alan Duncan's record as shadow leader of the Commons has been
dismal, particularly during the expenses scandal, when the way he had
handled his own claims was called into question. His performance as the
Tories' representative on the Members' Estimate Committee, which sets
MPs' allowances, has been little short of abject. Theresa May, too, has
made little impact at work and pensions. Obvious candidates for
promotion include the talented Ben Wallace, the first MP to publish all
his expenses online; Grant Shapps, who has impressed with the housing
portfolio; and Mark Lancaster, who has done likewise with international
development. Mr Cameron should also act on his hint that some of the
old guard will return." – Telegraph leader
> Alan Duncan is the least effective member of the shadow cabinet according to the ConservativeHome survey of Tory members
Conservatives are biggest spenders as Brown's party uses cash to pay off debts – Independent
Donations to Scottish Labour fell by 90% in just one year – The Herald
Edward Mcmillan-Scott MEP says Polish leader of Tory MEPs is face of "disguised extremism in Europe"
McMillan-Scott was writing in yesterday's Yorkshire Post.
Dan Hannan MEP writes a long defence of Michał Kamiński on his blog.
We must be ready to tend to the casualties of this war – Patrick Mercer MP in The Independent
MPs in the Treasury Select Committee attack Darling's "cosmetic" reforms of banks – BBC
Bob Ainsworth admits Labour failed troops
"The Government did not do enough to support British troops in Afghanistan and Iraq at the start of the conflicts, the Defence Secretary has admitted." – Times
The Liberal Democrat leader often leads the way, but not the polls – The Economist
Nick Clegg advocates televised debates between the party leaders
"If Gordon Brown believed in the Labour party and his own record, he would be champing at the bit to hold this debate. I'm eager because I want people to know about Liberal Democrat policies, and I want the opportunity to explain why Labour and the Conservatives would take us in the wrong direction. Labour's time is up, and the Conservatives think it's automatically their turn, but I think in these difficult times we need to do something altogether different." – Nick Clegg in The Independent
Steve Richards uses his Independent column to say that pundits, fashion, technicalities and soundbites would mean a debate would not inform voters.
Frank Skinner drafts a text for Brown to use in a TV debate – Times
Council house cheats can earn £20,000 a year by sub-letting – Times
Mixing music and politics – The Guardian looks at U2's mix of activist politics and music
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