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National census to be axed after 200 years – Telegraph
Osborne insists on right to select OBR chief – FT (£)
Robert Chote of the IFS is understood to be interested in replacing Sir Alan Budd as chairman of the Office for Budgetary Responsibility – Times (£)
"The OBR cannot continue to be run by Treasury civil servants whose careers hang on preferment within the finance ministry. Nor can the body be housed within it. It must be a creature of parliament. The chairman should be subject to confirmation by the Treasury select committee. The OBR must be seen to have teeth." – FT leader
Big cuts in foreign aid are most popular submission to George Osborne's 'help-me-save' website – Express
> Yesterday's ToryDiary: George Osborne wants your ideas on how to cut the deficit
Vince Cable has hit out at fat cat pay, attacking executive salaries as “socially unacceptable” – Times (£)
Andrew Lansley to 'announce biggest NHS shake-up since 1948'
"Andrew Lansley, the health secretary, will announce the biggest
shakeup of the National Health Service since its creation in 1948 with
radical proposals in a white paper on Monday. It will include plans to
use markets, not targets, to improve performance, hand £80bn of
taxpayers' money to thousands of family doctors, and free foundation
hospitals to leave the state sector and become "not for profit"
companies." – Guardian
> Yesterday's ToryDiary: Andrew Lansley wins Treasury battle – and revives GP fundholding
Health secretary axes £75m marketing budget for anti-obesity drive
"The health secretary, Andrew Lansley, today called on the drinks
industry to back the government's anti-obesity drive Change4Life, as he
axed Labour's £75m marketing budget for the campaign. Lansley said the
coalition government planned to use social media to get the Change4Life
message across, rather than traditional advertising campaigns. He added
that it would become "less a government campaign, more a social
movement", with the government asking charities, local authorities and
the commercial sector to get involved." – Guardian
Peter Oborne: Cameron's Achilles Heel
"Cameron has a worrying Achilles Heel: he is shaping up to be a dangerously poor leader of his party. This has been compounded by the fact that he seems to prefer to head a coalition of Tories and Lib Dems than to be in charge of the Tory Party alone. Just like Tony Blair, he appears to struggle at managing his own party. Indeed, he gives the impression that he has no time for back-benchers and is oblivious to grassroots concerns… The truth is that by creating the Coalition in which so much of their separate election manifesto policies were sacrificed, both Cameron and Clegg, in effect, led a coup d'etat against their own parties.
Neither will be forgiven." – Peter Oborne in the Daily Mail
"We are living in a society where the old duopoly of the parties has broken down for good" – Nick Clegg in The Guardian
"When Mr Clegg comes to the state of party politics in the aftermath of the election, he is on very strong ground indeed. No one can predict the future, but he is clearly right that the fragmentation of the old two-party electoral politics over the past 60 years, which itself reflects lasting sociological changes, means that greater pluralism is likely to be here to stay. Right too, in the light of that and also in principle, that electoral reform is becoming a fact of political life. That means in turn that coalition politics in some form are probably a lasting reality too." – Guardian leader
Andrew Grice: Labour's nightmare looms: a centre-right alignment
"The introduction of AV might have a very different impact to the one Labour envisaged. It hoped the system – in which voters mark candidates in order of preference, with the one coming last eliminated until one secures more than 50 per cent – would encourage Labour and Liberal Democrat supporters to make the other party their second choice to keep the Tories out. But these Cameroons now dream of a different scenario in which Tory and Liberal Democrat supporters put the other party second. That could hurt Labour. The realignment of politics, long favoured by some Labour and Liberal Democrat figures to marginalise the Tories, might just take place on the centre-right rather than the centre-left and push Labour into the wilderness." – Andrew Grice in The Independent
The polluting past of the new Tory Treasurer – Daily Mail
Quentin Letts praises Jacob Rees-Mogg MP
"Jacob has put in plenty of hours in the Commons. He has sat at the far end, watching, learning. He has not asked patsy questions. He has not been a blowhard. He has kept his distance from ministers and is a lesson to Westminster's stooges and government grovellers and soundbite-spouting careerists." – Daily Mail
UK envoy's praise for Lebanon cleric draws Israel anger – BBC
"The Foreign Secretary should take swift action over British Ambassador
to Lebanon Frances Guy’s disgraceful eulogy for Hizbollah terrorist
mastermind Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah." – Nile Gardiner in The Telegraph
Labour's failings worsened under Gordon Brown, says David Miliband – BBC
VAT rise will cost charities £150m, Labour tells Liberal Democrats – Guardian
Matthew Parris: 'It is far too easy for millions to claim asylum'
"Asylum should not be available to anyone who could choose to live, reasonably safely, in the state they want to flee. For gays that would indeed mean exercising the caution that hundreds of millions of gay people across the world do in practice have to exercise. For women it would mean accepting the subjection that women in much of the world do accept. For political dissidents it would mean keeping out of politics. Under this amendment asylum would be restricted to those who sought refuge from tyranny so extreme that it would be impossible for them to choose to stay and live a quiet life." – Matthew Parris in The Times (£)
And finally… The EU is wasting YOUR money on burping act
"Potty Brussels pen-pushers handed more than £160,000 to a dance group who perform "spectacular belching" and "smelly foot" jigs. The taxpayers' cash was given to the London-based Flying Gorillas troupe who use "rhythm, music and gibberish" to "explore friendship and tolerance". Another £166,849 went to help a German street theatre group build a "large dragon which can breathe fire and small smoking volcanoes on wheels". And a staggering £400million was paid out in grants to projects around the world about which no details have been released because they are described as "confidential"." – The Sun
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