11.30pm Melanchthon on CentreRight wonders if the PM's bullying behaviour is a resigning matter
3.15pm WATCH: William Hague lists Labour's failures
In the opening line of its leader the Independent on Sunday gets to the heart of Brown's mini-revival:
"There is something remarkable about the sheer bloody-minded resilience of Gordon Brown."
Civil service chief warned Gordon Brown over abusive treatment of staff – Observer
Andrew Rawnsley summarises his account: "To some of his enemies – and by enemies I mean people within his own party – the prime minister's conduct towards colleagues and staff has at times been so appalling that it raises a question mark about his fitness to hold his great office. To admirers, who include people on his staff at whom he has unleashed his furies, those volcanic rages are a price worth paying for his other qualities as a leader."
> Yesterday evening's LeftWatch on Andrew Rawnsley's revelations
Last night's Sunday Times/ YouGov poll had the Tory lead down to 6% – ToryDiary
David Cameron's personal lead over Gordon Brown halved in six months according to data from PoliticsHome.com
"Freddie Sayers, Editor of PoliticsHome.com, said: "For the first time, we can now see the story behind the polls. Gordon Brown's reputation has gradually recovered from the darkest days of last summer, and the enthusiasm about David Cameron has fallen off. There is still a huge gap between them, but it is half as huge as it was last summer. Brown has gone from catastrophic to very bad and Cameron has fallen from unfeasibly popular to mildly popular." – Quoted in The Sunday Telegraph
See more at PoliticsHome.
"There is no campaign manager taking charge of what comes out of the Conservative campaign headquarters." – James Forsyth in Mail on Sunday (at bottom of link)
Michael Heseltine tells Tory supper that he expects hung parliament – The Sunday Telegraph
Michael Portillo attacks inconsistency of Tory thinking on economic policy
"The most damaging aspect of the Conservatives’ recent performance is inconsistency. Had they argued this out among themselves when the economy turned bad, and chosen either to call for austerity or to stick with the old line of keeping in step with the government, they would now be in a better state. It is not just that indecision raises doubts about competence. It is more that the next government must possess extraordinary grit, because the situation really is worse than that faced by Thatcher. The Conservatives are failing the grit test." – Michael Portillo in The Sunday Times
David Cameron gets some tactical advice for the election debates – Mail on Sunday
David Cameron's 'Obama Army' – The Mail on Sunday has a poster graphic of the Tories' minority candidates
Industry jitters after Tories go quiet over energy plans – Sunday Telegraph
The economic crisis gives us a golden opportunity to rethink the way we provide public services – Janet Daley in The Sunday Telegraph
A leader in The Sunday Telegraph agrees: "The Conservatives have some radical plans for education: they say they will dismantle the barriers that make it so difficult for those who are not part of the existing state bureaucracy to set up schools, and will divert funds to help individuals who want to start them. We hope that David Cameron will extend that radicalism to the rest of his political programme. Britain's state-run services, just like its economy, desperately need reform. The Conservatives will only deserve to win the next election if they can credibly promise to provide it."
Both Labour and the Conservatives are fighting for the co-operative vote – Observer
Stuart Wheeler ready to banbkroll Nigel Farage's campaign to oust Speaker Bercow – Sunday Express
"Writers of the political sitcom Yes Prime Minister have reunited after 22 years to pen a play based on the popular TV show…. Actors David Haig and Henry Goodman will play the parts of Hacker and Sir Humphrey Appleby in the forthcoming stage version. The production runs from 13 May to 5 June, as part of this year's Chichester Festival Theatre season." – BBC
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