12.30pm Patrick Nolan on CentreRight: Fairytales like a ‘Robin Hood Tax’ won’t help anyone
11am On CentreRight:
- Alex Deane on Greece's troubles
- Patrick Nolan on last night's Think Tank Clash where pundits voted for higher taxes and higher spending
ToryDiary: Cameron says "Never to the Euro"
Last night's post on the reinstatement of Joanne Cash as Westminster North candidate has been updated with three links explaining a 24 hours of massive CCHQ intervention to save her candidacy.
Local government: Councils denounce the Government for misleading the elderly
- Eric Pickles explains why Labour plans for 'AV' would increase unfairness in the electoral system
- Philip Hammond and Andrew Lansley accuse Labour of planning a £20,000 death tax to pay for end-of-life care
George Osborne's lack of experience rattles City – Guardian
Hector Sants makes elegant exit but pressure mounts on Tories to fill the gap
"If you have been chief executive of the Financial Services Authority (FSA), the UK's primary financial regulator, why would you want to become second fiddle in the event of a merger with the Bank of England?" – Telegraph
"A senior source said Sir George Young had 'mis-spoken' when he told the BBC that Ashcroft was a 'non-dom'"
"A senior source said Sir George Young had "mis-spoken" when he told the BBC that Ashcroft was a "non-dom" – allowing him to avoid paying British tax on overseas income and assets. The admission provoked immediate accusations that David Cameron, the Tory leader, was making a mockery of his claims to be a reformer and forced the party to say that the peer's tax affairs were a private matter – a day after Cameron had insisted this approach was out of date." – Guardian
Tories' Treasurer, Michael Spencer quizzed by regulator on IPGL strength – Telegraph
Simon Jenkins: Does Cameron mean what he says about devolving power?
"The Tory leader, David Cameron, has a problem. He talks the talk. His speeches drip with shifting control from the state to society, with cutting quangos and devolving "power to the front line". The cliches are hoary, concocted from old PPE essays, aerated with accountability, responsibility and localism and with a Tory topping of family values. Blessed are those who believe in smaller government, for they shall inherit the ballot box. But no one is sure that Cameron believes a word of it, because no one is sure the people do." – Simon Jenkins in The Guardian
Cameron's crowd of youthful activists in East London University 'are not our students' says union head – Guardian
Swedish-style 'free schools won't improve standards' – Guardian
Scottish Labour's attack on SNP budget restraint may give a clue as to how Labour will oppose a Tory government – BBC
"David Cameron today accuses Alex Salmond of “taking people for fools” and dismisses his portrayal of an independent Scotland as a utopia with no debts or budget deficit as “tosh”. In an exclusive interview with The Herald ahead of the Scottish Tories’ one-day conference in Perth on Friday, the Conservative leader also appeals to Scots not to judge the modern Conservative Party by its Thatcherite past." – The Herald
Gordon Brown’s care plan misleads the elderly, say councils – Times
> Yesterday's ToryDiary: Tory poster targets Labour's 'secret plan' to introduce £20,000 death tax
Lib Dems' arts policy marred by spelling errors – Guardian
John Bercow to receive more than £28,000pa from renting out a flat on which he claimed more than £100,000 in expenses – Telegraph
Who in their right mind will bail out the poor relations of Europe? – Simon Heffer in The Telegraph on Germans being asked to make an $8bn bailout of Greece
"With the euro now under siege and the financial markets betting heavily that Greece's crushing debt could drag down the existing single currency system, it is possible that the world would actually be a better place without the Eurozone. Just imagine: the main national currencies would still have their independence and command respect. Admittedly, Italy and Greece would be suffering financial problems – which would have old sages sighing and saying they never much liked the lira or the drachma anyway, nor perhaps the Spanish peseta. But the rest of the world would get on as best it could. But by having signed up a basket of dubious currencies, the Eurozone provided a classic example of how the weakness of one nation's finances can spread to another." – Andrew Alexander in The Daily Mail
A case for a directly-elected head of government – Daniel Finkelstein in The Times
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