2.30pm Melanchthon on CentreRight: "The Conservative "right wing" – i.e. the core three quarters of the party – has not had any election remotely like 1983, in which its programme was offered and rejected."
Noon Melanchthon on CentreRight is shocked at words attributed to Steve Hilton David Cameron's head of strategy
Coalition announces plans to abolish Regional Development Agencies
"The scrapping of the controversial quangos set up by Labour is expected to save up to £2.3 billion a year. Eric Pickles, the Communities and Local Government Secretary, will say that all nine RDAs will go as part of Coalition plans to streamline government and find big efficiency savings." – The Sunday Telegraph
Liam Fox ousts big cheeses at Ministry of Defence
"Liam Fox, the defence secretary, told The Sunday Times the chief of the defence staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup, would resign in the autumn before the end of his term. Sir Bill Jeffrey, the top civil servant at the Ministry of Defence (MoD), will go at the same time. The clean sweep at the top is intended to improve the military’s performance on the Afghan front line, as well as cutting Whitehall waste." – The Sunday Times
Barack Obama tells David Cameron 'I'm not out to wreck BP' – The Sunday Telegraph
Public supports higher CGT and higher 'sin taxes' on betting, smoking and drinking
Full details in the Mail on Sunday.
> Yesterday evening's ToryDiary noted a YouGov/ Sunday Times poll which found a rise in VAT was twice as 'popular' as a rise in income tax
The Independent on Sunday lists twenty spending cuts that would add up to £98.9bn.
The National Housing Federation warns of 65% slump in housebuilding produced by budget cuts and planning changes – Observer
David Cameron urged to tell public not to judge today's Army over 1972's Bloody Sunday killings – Sunday Telegraph
"Former army officer Patrick Mercer, now the Conservative MP for Newark and Retford, said that any recommendation in Lord Saville's report that paratroopers be charged over the 1972 atrocity would "set a dangerous precedent" for the current generation of soldiers serving in war zones." – Observer
David Davis' review of banking reports
"Risk-free "safe haven" accounts guaranteed by the government should be set up as part of a "profound reform of the banking system", a report says. The Future of Banking Commission wants improvements in saver protection and restructuring of banks. The commission was set up by consumer group Which? and is chaired by Tory MP David Davis." – BBC
[A ToryDiary will be posted later today on this report].
John Redwood may be given role of overseeing bank privatisations
In the same article for the Mail on Sunday, James Forsyth suggests that Ming Campbell may become High Commissioner to Australia
Dan Hannan: The Coalition cannot duck a row with the EU
"There has been much anguished debate about the proposals to trim spending by £6.2 billion. In contrast, there has been barely a whimper about the £8 billion committed to the EU's bail-out fund by Alistair Darling in his outgoing act as chancellor. At a time when every department is looking for savings, our net contribution to the EU budget is rising by 60 per cent. You don't have to be a Eurosceptic to ask why, when all 27 member states are making cuts, the EU is going in the opposite direction. Nor do you need to be a fiscal conservative to wonder whether our budget contributions might be better used: they are enough, for example, to give the entire country a two thirds reduction in council tax." – Dan Hannan in The Sunday Telegraph
Huhne advises Tory partners to rejoin EPP – Independent on Sunday
David Mundell defends Review of Scottish Party's Future from anonymous critics – Sunday Herald
Vince Cable: This BP oil spill will hopefully concentrate minds on alternatives to oil
"What this disaster will – hopefully – do is to concentrate minds on long-term oil supply, and alternatives. It was only a few months ago that climate change and the need to move to a low-carbon economy was at the centre of political concerns. These issues have not gone away. BP were once leaders among oil companies in pointing the way to an era Beyond Petroleum. They will do us all a favour if they start to turn that slogan into reality." – Vince Cable in the Mail on Sunday
Sarah Palin lines up UK trip – and a visit to Lady Thatcher
"Controversial US politician Sarah Palin could soon be on her way to Britain to boost her hopes of challenging Barack Obama in the 2012 US presidential election. Her representatives approached Margaret Thatcher to ask for a meeting as part of a bid to enhance her claim to be the ‘heir to Ronald Reagan’ and prepare to challenge Mr Obama." – Mail on Sunday
Jack Straw, Alan Johnson, David Miliband and Shaun Woodward among Labour ministers who have kepy their government car – The Sunday Times
Labour leadership candidates line up to endorse the 'carry on taxing and spending' line – News of the World
Ed Miliband under attack for playing to Labour's left-wing gallery
"Alastair Campbell is surely spot on when he says that Ed is a "nice guy" who would make "the party feel OK about losing". The younger Miliband tickles Labour's tummy on Iraq, Trident, union legislation and high taxation. He looks like Donnie Osmond, talks like a Sesame Street character, and holds views that, in the words of one Blair ally, are "usefully wrong"." – Matthew d'Ancona in The Sunday Telegraph
"Last week Ed called for the Government's fair pay review to be extended from the public to the private sector. If he thinks that party members or supporters really want a future Labour government to go back to the incomes policies of the 1970s, then he needs to be disappointed." – John Rentoul in the Independent on Sunday
Andrew Rawnsley: The 'socialist moment' which was supposed to be triggered by the financial crisis is already evaporating
"This failure of the left in Britain is being replicated across most of the western democracies. Austerity, it appears, is working out to the political advantage of the right. France has a Gaullist president. He is not popular, but Nicolas Sarkozy is blessed that his opponents in the Socialist party are riven with suicidal civil war. Germany and Italy have governments of the right. The Dutch have just swung that way and Spain looks likely to go in the same direction very soon." – Andrew Rawnsley in The Observer
New expenses chief 'forced to quit' after just six months following blazing rows with MPs
"The man charged with slashing MPs’ expenses has resigned, prompting allegations he was hounded out in a bid to sabotage the crackdown on cheats. Nigel Gooding quit after just six months as operations director of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority following a series of blazing rows with MPs." – Mail on Sunday
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