5.30pm Tim Montgomerie on CentreRight: Labour's twenty year rule of appointment-land will mean they'll lose office but not power next year
- Osborne promises liberalism, localism, living within means and public sector liberalisation
- Hague accuses McMillan-Scott of recklessly using smears for "individual glorification"
Lord Hanningfield on Local government begins a six part series on devolving power from the centre: He begins with a call for Essex to have the power to set eligibility criteria and payment rates for all working-age benefits.
- Hillary Clinton's temper on as she declines to "channel" her husband Bill after intrepeter mangles question to her
- Bremner impersonating Cameron singing 'I couldn't live like Common People'
BMA criticise Tories' health database plans
"Dr Vivienne Nathanson, the BMA's head of science and ethics, said: "The security of web-based medical systems is of great concern, as are the implications of data being held by the private sector. We are concerned by the suggestion that healthcare staff could be restricted from accessing important clinical information."" – Daily Mail
Is the Tories' pro-Google policy influenced by the fact that Steve Hilton is married to Rachel Whetstone, Google's vice president of public policy and communications? – Independent
"The national database of NHS medical records would be dismantled under Tory plans which could see records available online with Google or Microsoft. Patient information would instead be held locally by GPs or hospitals, with the ability to transfer data when necessary. Local NHS providers would also be given the freedom to choose and develop the technology that best suits their needs, as long as it meets certain common standards and can communicate with other systems." – Telegraph
Michael Brown: £38,000 cost of Totnes primary makes it difficult-to-repeat – Independent
"The North East is the only region in Britain which exports more than it imports." – One observation made by Lord (Michael) Bates in an article for ePolitix
Tory MP James Gray facing calls to go after marrying mistress – Telegraph
Climate protesters welcome Mandelson back from Corfu – Independent
"Peter Mandelson insisted today that he was "not in charge", as he arrived back in the UK from holiday in Corfu as the latest and most reluctant of Gordon Brown's "duty ministers". The business secretary flew into Gatwick at 2pm today on easyJet, having secured a "speedy boarding" ticket to leave behind the trail of journalists following him." – Guardian
Rachel Sylvester: Let's face it, politicians aren't nornal
"Politics demands certain characteristics. It requires extraordinary levels of ambition and perseverance just to get a seat — let alone to reach Cabinet. MPs have to cope with pressure that would be unbearable for most people, juggling long hours and commuting between their constituencies and London." – Rachel Sylvester in The Times
Financial Times condemns aspirations to food "autarky"
"Localism might be nice in Britain; it makes no sense for the wider world." – FT leader
> Yesterday's ToryDiary: Nick Herbert exposes how we have become more dependent on food imports under Labour
John Lloyd: Expenses-gate made Will Lewis most powerful journalist in Britain
" The Daily Telegraph’s long spring roasting of the political class – through publication of details of expense claims that were sometimes questionable – produced apparent public revulsion. Will Lewis, who as editor of the Telegraph became the most powerful journalist in the country, told the BBC that MPs “had lost any moral authority” before the revelations appeared. Parliament, he said, would now be opened up to “a new generation of people who understand what it means to be a representative of British citizens”. That Mr Lewis should so easily claim that an entire political class should be replaced, and that a new class of a wholly different stamp is available, shows the febrile and hyperbolic level at which the affair was played out." – John Lloyd in FT
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