6.30pm Matt Sinclair on CentreRight: Why are we giving aid to Burma? They score higher than we do…
- We must not (and cannot) balance the budget on the backs of the world's poorest people*
- MigrationWatch warns that extremist groups will benefit from "lightweight" Tory immigration policy
Nirj Deva MEP on Platform presents two key facts about life in the European Union:
- "More than 75% of the laws that an ordinary British or German or French or Latvian person now lives under is indeed first made in the Europe, drafted by the Commission; voted in or modified by the Council (Lower House) and the European Parliament (the Senate) and automatically transposed without change into British or German or French or Latvian law."
- "European Institutions in Brussels now have more legislative power over the lives of ordinary citizens in a Member State than the US Congress and White House over the lives of ordinary citizens in California or Texas or any US state."
Read his full article here.
Voters may have to wait years to gain from Tory pledges to slash inheritance tax and stamp duty and give married couples a cash boost – Daily Mail
> Yesterday's ToryDiary: News of the World says Tories want to mothball tax cut promises
Liam Fox and Patrick Mercer attack Labour's underfunding of war in Afghanistan
"Amid a growing political row about the future of Britain’s role in Afghanistan, Liam Fox, the shadow defence secretary, said that the Prime Minister had “catastrophically” under-equipped the Armed Forces. Mr Fox said that Mr Brown was now “resorting to spin rather than confronting the life-threatening reality” that the troops faced. For this government to have sent our young people into battle without adequate equipment and protection is the ultimate dereliction of duty,” Mr Fox said." – Telegraph
The same Telegraph article also quotes Tory MP Patrick Mercer: "We have got to have extra manpower. I know for a fact that the Army has available another battle group but it is not being allowed to deploy them for political and economic reasons and that’s a disgrace. There is no point all these men dying if the ground they have captured can’t be held.”
"The steep rise in casualties in Afghanistan is being matched by increasingly bitter recriminations between the Government and the British Army. Soldiers accuse ministers of failing to give the troops on the ground the support they need. Ministers charge the Army with dangerously politicising its role." – Max Hastings in the Daily Mail
"Opposition to the war, at 47%, is just ahead of support, at 46%. And backing for Britain's role in the conflict has grown since 2006, the last time an ICM poll was conducted on the subject – up 15 points from 31%. Opposition has fallen over the same period by six points, from 53%." – Guardian
'Why pay our farmers to produce opium while Afghan poppy crops are razed?' asks Boris Johnson in The Telegraph
Iain Duncan Smith recommends more investment in marriage counselling
"The former Conservative leader will say that Australian-style "family relationship hubs", where struggling spouses can discuss their problems, should be founded across the country in order to cut the divorce rate." – Telegraph | The Sun
Millionaire Tory MP claimed £77,000 for second home whilst living rent free with parents
"Shadow solicitor general Jonathan Djanogly enjoyed the £4million London property on the cheap while he ran up a small fortune in second homes allowance on his constituency home." – Daily Mail
Tory backbenchers tell The Times that Cameron has acted unfairly over expenses
"MPs such as Sir George Young and James Arbuthnot are livid with [David Cameron] and feel aggrieved that he acted brutally towards older backbenchers to demonstrate to voters his hard line over expenses. There are also rumours of tensions between Mr Cameron and Michael Howard, the former leader." – Times
Tories on collision course with Tesco and Sainsbury's – Times
Jackie Ashley: Will Andy Coulson survive?
"The consensus is he will because Cameron wants and needs him badly. So he will only go if some new damning fact comes to light. I just want to add a thought: Coulson may go before the election. Why? Because Cameron might decide that he represents a style of politics that recent events – from the financial crash to the MPs' expenses scandal – have rendered out of date." – Jackie Ashley in The Guardian
> Tim Montgomerie on Comment is free yesterday: A defence of Andy Coulson and Rupert Murdoch
Tory insiders can double or treble their salaries if they move to private sector – FT
Tory peer Lord Kingsland has died aged 67 after a short illness – Telegraph
The best analysis yet of the global economic crisis has been written by the Pope – Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach in The Times
> Yesterday's Platform: The lights would indeed go out under Labour, says John Webley
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