8pm WATCH: Paddy Ashdown tells Sky News that David Cameron would be unwise to campaign strongly against AV

7.30pm Iain Anderson on CentreRight: Obama may soon abandon his high-spending ways

Gove Union FlagNoon ToryDiary: "Only 18 UK teachers have been struck off for incompetence in the past 40 years"

10.45am ToryDiary: Why should Labour have all the best words?

10am ThinkTankCentral: The Global Warming Policy Foundation notes the political retreat from action against climate change

ToryDiary: Osborne overtakes Cameron in satisfaction league table

Martin Sewell on Platform: Labour's chaotic legacy of Legal Aid

Local government: 90% of Council payouts for pavement tripping goes on lawyers' fees

Tim Montgomerie on CentreRight: The Right is wiser than the Left

Whitehall ordered by Treasury to draw up plans to save 25% and 40% 

40pc "Cabinet ministers have been ordered by the Treasury to plan for unprecedented cuts of 40% in their departmental budgets as the coalition widens the scope of its four-year austerity drive… The only departments not included in the Treasury trawl will be health and international development, which have been "ringfenced" for the current parliament. Education and defence will also escape lightly. Alexander has told the education secretary, Michael Gove, and the defence secretary, Liam Fox, to plan for two scenarios – cuts to budgets of 10% at best and 20% at worst over four years. All other departments – including the Home Office, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Transport – have been ordered to produce plans showing the impact of cuts of 25%, and at worst 40%." – Observer

What do 40% cuts look like?

"In education Labour's plans to rebuild 700 dilapidated schools will be scrapped, saving more than £1billion. Schools will axe breakfast and after-school clubs… But rail fares will be pushed up and Mr Hammond is set to axe a £7.5billion order for 1,400 train carriages to replace the ageing InterCity Express fleet. Big savings will also have to be found in the defence budget. The MoD is looking at one option that would see ground troop numbers cut by 20 per cent, troop formations from 98 to 80, major vessels cut from 57 to 45 and aircraft numbers from 760 to 550-600." – News of the World

It is unthinkable that health and aid cannot be cutSunday Telegraph leader

Half of Britain's police forces could be merged in Home Office shake-up

"The final report of the government's "anti-red-tape tsar", Jan Berry, recommends that the 43 forces in England and Wales could be merged into 20 as part of the biggest shake-up of the service in half a century… "I would say somewhere around 20, or perhaps between 20 and 30, would provide far better cost savings. What the public don't want is the back-up costs of 43 forces." – Observer

America opposes George Osborne's £2.5m green tax on aeroplane travel The Sunday Times (£)

Less imprisonment = more crime

Clarke Ken Black BG "The Justice Secretary's decision to make more use of community punishments will have one result: more crime. Ken Pease, a professor at University College London, calculates that if each community sentence was replaced by a month in custody, there would be 60,000 fewer offences a year. The Justice Secretary has ignored that fact. But once he starts replacing prison with community punishments, it won't take long for the rest of us to notice it." – Alasdair Palmer in The Sunday Telegraph

Mugger-hugger Ken Clarke ain't much worse than all mouth, no truncheon Michael Howard says Peter Hitchens in the Mail on Sunday

> Yesterday evening's ToryDiary: David Davis speaks out against Ken Clarke's prison plans – again

Making the jobless look for work is hardly cruelty – Janet Daley in The Sunday Telegraph

Michael Gove plans A-level shake-up

"Michael Gove wants to see A-levels become more academically rigorous and to scrap AS-levels, which are in the first year of the sixth form. He is responding to complaints by universities that the current A-level system, introduced in 2000, fails to prepare pupils for in-depth study. The courses are broken up into four to six units over two years, each with its own exam…. He will invite universities to design new A-levels, modelled on the new Cambridge Pre-U qualification, taken by a number of leading state and independent schools in preference to A-levels." – The Sunday Times (£)

Proportion of voters in favour of AV falls to 33% once key arguments are explainedThe Sunday Times (£)

Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish First Ministers in joint appeal to stop AV vote on same day as their electionsScotland on Sunday

JENKIN Bernard "The leader of the backbench Tory rebellion against voting reform last night told Britain’s election watchdogs to block the “naked fiddle” of a ­referendum on the issue. MP Bernard Jenkin took a furious swipe at the Electoral Commission and predicted a row after it indicated it was relaxed about a Government proposal to hold a referendum on May 5. David Cameron is understood to have given his blessing to the suggested date of May 5, but that has angered both Tory backbenchers and senior Labour MPs because it coincides with national assembly elections in Scotland and Wales." – Sunday Express

Leaked internal memo reveals Scottish Tories' fears at "toxic" reputationSunday Herald

Lords reform is more likely than AV to blow Coalition apart – William Rees-Mogg in Mail on Sunday

Are the LibDems and Tories heading for a full merger? – Fraser Nelson in the News of the World

David Cameron says he doesn't need to take paternity leave because he lives above his officeThe Sunday Telegraph

Cameron ready to spend extra £4m to ensure Pope's UK visit goes smoothlyThe Sunday Telegraph

Tories should back gay marriage, says Boris JohnsonIndependent on Sunday

124368687 Nick Herbert MP and the Mayor of London join yesterday's LGBT Pride march in London

Can gay Britain trust the Tories on pink politics? Will the coalition end up with a LGBT record to match Labour's? – Barbara Ellen in The Observer

Local Tories bid to oust Caroline Nokes MP after tryst with young activistMail on Sunday

Celebrity culture and the huge salaries in football or banking have undermined the motivation to study or work – Will Hutton in The Observer

Bodyguards hired to protect former prime minister Tony Blair are costing the taxpayer £250,000 a year in expensesThe Sunday Telegraph

And finally…

Nick Clegg is so desirable that he has been named one of the people most wanted as a guest at fashionable parties – The Sunday Telegraph


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