ConservativeHome Newslinks for Sunday 11th April 2021



Screen shot 2010-09-17 at 18.06.10 6.15pm ToryDiary: A narrative for this Government (Draft #5) by Max Wind-Cowie

5.45pm Robin Simcox on CentreRight: The Head of MI5 talks control orders – which are likely to be retained in some form

5pm Tory Diary: Eric Ollerenshaw MP appointed as Sayeeda Warsi's PPS

WATCH Pope continues UK visit despite terror threat

3pm ToryDiary: Jeremy Hunt's BBC record

Screen shot 2010-09-17 at 14.23.372.15pm CentreRight: Some suggestions in relation to writing to your MPs asking them for a report on progress in the repatriation of powers from Brussels

1.00pm Local government: Council byelections from yesterday

11.15am WATCH David Cameron's view on France expelling Roma migrants

10.30am Local Government:

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ToryDiary:  If the BBC employed a few more Conservatives, it might occasionally run stories that examined the wastefulness and inefficiency of the bloated state

Tim Archer on Platform: Why we need electoral reform – and it's nothing to do with AV

Local Government:

Screen shot 2010-09-17 at 07.11.22 "At school I wanted to be a cricketer – my friend David Masters made it, but I didn’t." Rehman Chisti MP answers ConservativeHome's Twenty Questions for the class of 2010.

Two new posts on CentreRight:

WATCH: Pope: Church must be more vigorous on abuse

Government accepts the BBC's offer to freeze the licence fee for two years

Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary, reacted to the offer by the BBC Trust by saying he was "pleased" at the suggestion, and that the Government would be implementing it next year. But Mr Hunt retained the option of cutting the fee in 2012-2013, a decision that will be made as part of the next long-term licence fee settlement. The freezing of the licence fee is a blow to the BBC's management, which had been promised a 2 per cent increase next April by the previous Labour government with a smaller increase to come in the following year. – The Independent

Cable in revolt over immigration cap

CABLE Vincent “A lot of damage is being done to British industry,” the business secretary told the Financial Times on Thursday. He said companies were moving jobs overseas in response to punitive caps that left them unable to hire key staff. “I’ve got a file full of examples. This is not just people whingeing,” he said. The cap on non-EU workers was a manifesto pledge for David Cameron and proved popular with voters: it was reluctantly accepted by Lib Dems in the May coalition negotiations." – Financial Times

Liam Fox lobbies for more cash for stealth jets…

"Liam Fox will warn David Cameron that axing the next generation of fighter jets will leave Britain vulnerable in any future conflict with China. The Defence Secretary will highlight military concerns that failing to pay for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) stealth jets could compromise Britain’s defences against a threat from Beijing. It would also threaten a rift with the US, he will say, suggesting to the Pentagon that Britain was no longer serious about meeting possible future threat – The Times (£)

…As Menzies Campbell calls for the downgrading of Trident

FOX LOOKING UP Liam Fox, defence secretary, bravely argues with Thatcherite zeal that Trident is a special case…There is a solution, but it is one that will require a lot of eating of words among those Tories for whom the mention of Trident induces a kind of priapic response. We must extend the life of the present system by modifying the principle of “continuous at sea deterrence” (CASD), the year-round deployment of at least one nuclear submarine – Financial Times (£)

Double Miliband trouble for Nick Clegg

"David Miliband…would like to persuade Nick Clegg to pull out of plans for a referendum on the alternative vote next May. Instead, Miliband wants the Liberal Democrat leader to consider his proposal of a joint referendum on the House of Commons voting system and an elected House of Lords on the same day – something Miliband has called a democracy day." – The Guardian

"Ed Miliband would seek as Labour leader to exploit divisions between Nick Clegg and backbench Liberal Democrat MPs, such as the party's former leader Sir Menzies Campbell, by offering to co-operate on issues such as university tuition fees.In an attempt to prise apart the coalition ahead of May's local and devolved elections, Miliband today makes a "direct offer" to work with Lib Dem MPs in areas where they disagree with the Tories." – The Guardian

Nick Clegg to Mumsnet mothers: "I am not a Tory" – The Guardian

Mrs Clegg launches ethical fashion range – The Independent

Simon Jenkins: Clegg is doomed…

CleggNickDeclaring "He came to the rescue of Cameron in the latter's hour of need and enabled him to steer the economy out of Labour's morass. I have no doubt Cameron will show gratitude, offering honorary life membership of the Tory party, a safe seat and a comfy place on the Notting Hill sofa. For Clegg that might be enough. But as leader of the Liberal Democrats, he has booked a ticket to oblivion." – The Guardian

Philip Collins: …No, he isn't

"So, if the Liberal Democrats can show in 2015 that they have increased popular power they have a story. The best place to do this is in education. In time, there will be credit to be taken for the free schools reforms. and the Liberal Democrats need to grab some of it. They need a brilliant junior minister in the department, helping out Michael Gove. Liberal Democrat policy used to be, in effect, faxed over by the NUT. Fortunately, the man who changed that is available for the job. Step out of the shadows, David Laws." – The Times

Another push for a Conservative-Liberal Democrat electoral pact…this time round, by David Hunt and Michael McManus

Screen shot 2010-09-17 at 08.59.32 "Cameron and Clegg are a formidable team – the same goes for their ministerial colleagues – and they would surely be an unstoppable combination on the campaign trail too. Clegg now has an historic opportunity to make the leap Davies dared not make all those years ago, demonstrating that this notion of a "realignment of the left" based on the Liberal party – or the Lib Dems – was one of the great blind alleys of British political history." – The Guardian

Crispin Blunt in prison fruit riots palaver

"Mr Blunt insisted menus must take account of 'seasonal variations and prisoners' preferences'. 'It is worth remembering that discontent about the quality of food, changes to menus and failure to deliver what was previously promised have been known to be the catalyst for serious disturbances,' he said. 'An undersize apple handed out at the servery will create issues of order and control, so we use suppliers that are sensitive to that need and that use their sourcing ability to maintain consistency from their supply base.' "- Daily Mail

Fury erupted last night after Crispin Blunt told prison bosses to avoid misshapen fruit, small portions, badly cooked food and even menu changes. He ordered prisons to deliver "nutritious" nosh so that "socially excluded" inmates – who include murderers and paedos – can improve their health. He went on: "Discontent about the quality of food, menu changes and failure to deliver what was promised have been known to be catalysts for serious disturbances." – The Sun

Theresa May criticises major firms for failing to employ women at the top

MAY-THERESA-shoes "The Home Secretary, who is also Minister for Women, warned companies they would lose out if they did not ensure that fewer bosses were men.  She said it was unacceptable that just 12 per cent of directors in FTSE companies were women or that a quarter of those businesses did not even have a single woman on the board."- Daily Mail

Jeff Randall: The Coalition is spending even more than tax-and-waste Labour

"Total government outlay is set to go up this year, next year and every year thereafter to 2014-15. According to estimates from the Office for Budget Responsibility, the figures will be £696 billion in 2010-11 (up from £669 billion in 2009-10), then £699 billion, £711 billion, £722 billion and £737 billion. These sums are not inflation-adjusted, but even so, they belie the idea that a demon barber is about to "polish off" the Budget and stuff its remains into one of Mrs Lovett's delicious meat pies." – Daily Telegraph

Boris criticised after giving money to a beggar

Boris Johnson messy hair "Boris Johnson was pictured handing money to a man last Friday. Chief executive of homelessness charity Thames Reach Jeremy Swain blogged: ‘I would advise Boris to give money straight to his local drug dealer and cut out the middle wo/man.’ But Dave Clarke, trustee from homelessness charity the Simon Community, said: ‘People should not feel coerced into doing it but it’s a personal choice for them. I think quite often it can be helpful if someone does genuinely need to get a cup of coffee to get warm.’ " – Inside Housing

Boris requests Congestion Charge exemption for Popemobile BBC

PM to bid a final farewell to his father

"Prime Minister David Cameron is to attend the funeral of his father Ian, who died last week at the age of 77. Mr Cameron and his wife Samantha will join other family members to say their final farewells to the father he described as "an amazing man – a real life enhancer". His attendance at the private ceremony in Berkshire means Mr Cameron will miss Pope Benedict XVI's address to MPs in Parliament's Westminster Hall. He will meet the Pontiff for talks on Friday." – Press Association

David Gauke says £42 billion tax evasion and avoidance gap is "staggering"

GAUKE DAVID "The cost of avoidance, evasion and other problems collecting tax rose by £4bn to £42bn in the year to 2008-09 after businesses fell behind paying value added tax during the recession. The Treasury condemned the scale of the tax “gap” – the difference between the tax collected and the tax that should be collected – which has become an increasingly contentious issue at a time of looming spending cuts." – Financial Times (£)

500,000 benefit scroungers will be made to seek work Daily Express

Revenue floats plan to cut out employers and take tax directly The Times

Chote approved by MPs as Office of Budget Responsibility Head Reuters

MI5 Chief warns over Somalia threat  The Times (£)

Her Maj has tea as Pope sticks to PopThe Sun

Mary Dejevsky: In defence of Benedict and his faith The Independent

And finally…Prince Phillip asks Annabel Goldie : "Are you wearing tartan knickers?"

Screen shot 2010-09-17 at 09.05.58 "Annabel Goldie…was among a group of dignitaries being presented to the pope at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. Prince Philip rst met the Scottish Labour leader, Iain Gray, who is believed to have been sporting a special papal tartan tie. At this point, the prince was said to have turned to Goldie, who was standing nearby, and asked if she had a "pair of knickers made out of this?" Goldie retorted: "I couldn't possibly comment – and even if I did, I couldn't possibly exhibit them." – The Guardian


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