10pm Iain Murray on CentreRight wants to know why the Met Office is keeping temperature records secret
9.15pm Melancthon on CentreRight: "I understand the desire to end suffering. But if the tool we use to try to end that suffering – creating a right to suicide and destroying the civic duty to prevent suicide – leads to more suicides of the standard depressed-well-person sort, we have got the tool wrong."
Jonty Olliff-Cooper & Max Wind-Cowie on Platform: There is nothing incompatible about progressive ends and conservative means
- Pickles attacks paying Council Chief Executives more than the Prime Minister
- Swindon council switch off speed cameras
George Osborne warns against return to "business as usual" among UK banks
"We warned weeks ago that another unacceptable round of bonuses were on their way. The banks should watch out they don't misuse Government support – it's designed to facilitate lending, not mega pay deals. The Government, who own half the banking system, should realise that actions speak louder than words." – Quoted in the Daily Mail
Cameron backs troops surge if focused on faster training of Afghanistan's military – BBC
Michael Gove will launch online archive of exam papers to highlight changing standards
"The Conservatives are to set up a digital library of past papers in a bid to allow the public to decide for themselves whether A-Levels, O-Levels and GCSEs have been "dumbed down" to improve results." – Independent | Guardian
"The Government treats exam papers like state secrets and refuses to publish them. This is wrong and a Conservative Government will create a free online library of all exam papers and scripts so there is full transparency and academic scrutiny of our exam system.” – Michael Gove quoted in The Times
In a wide-ranging interview with Ben Brogan Michael Gove opraises David Davis, defends Tory policy on grammar schools, extols school uniforms and tips Liam Fox to be a future PM – The Telegraph
In his weekly Times column Michael Gove bemoans the decline of historical literacy: "One of the many malign consequences of the accelerating decline in the study of history is that we have lost meaningful standards of comparison for current events. Discussion of politics is impoverished because people rarely draw parallels with any event much before 1979. A recent survey of history students at one of our best universities revealed that fewer than one in ten could name a single 19th-century Prime Minister."
Tories say reduction in NHS national tariff could save billions – Times
"Hospitals will receive less money for operations and treatments under Conservative plans to squeeze the NHS budget, The Times has learnt."
> Yesterday evening's ToryDiary: David Cameron defends NHS and overseas aid pledges
Theresa May warns of renegotiations of multi-billion pound welfare-to-work contracts – FT
Conservatives consider product placement on TV, selling of Radio 1, increasing the amount of advertising on ITV and collecting the BBC licence fee through council tax bills
Tory peer John Taylor faces second day of media scrutiny for suspicious expense claims – Daily Mail
…or as Daily Mirror put it: Tory lived six years with dead mum.
We should be protecting Gary McKinnon, not catapulting him across the Atlantic – Boris Johnson in The Telegraph
Cameron "will have to tell [his party] that tolerating Lisbon is the price it must to pay for power" – Julian Glover in The Guardian
Edwina Currie blasts Harriet Harman
"Her obsessions are those of an over-educated, well-off, middle-class woman who has no worries about where her money is coming from: our pockets, of course. She should go and talk to real working women, or a mother whose school-age children carry knives for protection, or elderly women scared of contracting MRSA in hospital, or the mother of a young rifleman going to Helmand. Then tell them that she, Harriet, should be running the country." – Former Tory MP Edwina Currie in The Times
> Yesterday on CentreRight: Prescott slams Harman for her "men cannot run things on their own" remark
Harman versus Mandelson is about the fight for Labour's future – Independent
Labour MP Eric Joyce attacks MoD's appeal on veterans compensation for putting "bureaucracy over bravery" – BBC
Immigrants who want to take on British citizenship will have to earn points to qualify under new Government plans – Sky
'Unsustainable' social security spending 'equal to a quarter of goverment's budget' – The Telegraph reports a Centre for Policy Studies study that recommends a single agency and form for benefit applicants
Bruce Anderson: Assisted suicide, the Church of England and ethical debate in Britain
"Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is said to be clever. The main evidence for this is his ability to dress up accessible thoughts in incomprehensible prose. Not many years ago, if a question such as attempted suicide had arisen, everyone would have wanted to know what the Archbishop thought. Now, no one is interested, and he is probably too busy anyway, writing another speech about homosexual clergy. He must be the most ineffective Archbishop of all time. Under his lack of leadership, his Church is giggling its way to oblivion." – Bruce Anderson in The Independent
Mixed messages on drink and drugs are the road to social ruin – Melanie Phillips in the Daily Mail
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