10am WATCH: Ann Widdecombe dances to the Titantic theme
In a wider piece on human rights legislation Dominic Raab MP writes this: "On prisoner voting, Parliament should debate three options: the current blanket ban, votes for all prisoners and a middle option. If, as I suspect, Parliament voted to retain the current ban, Britain would have met the challenge of the Strasbourg Court, which complained the blanket ban lacked democratic legitimacy. What would we have to fear? Who is seriously suggesting that Britain would be kicked out of the Council of Europe, whilst France deports Roma en masse and the Strasbourg Court is backed up with serious human rights violations committed by the Russian, Bulgarian and Romanian governments?" Read his full piece.
Also on Comment Martin Parsons begins a three part series on countering radical Islam: Stopping the spread of sharia is central to countering radicalisation
Local government: Reducing bureaucracy for building new homes
Coalition seeks to re-establish climate change credentials
The Independent on Sunday fears Cameron has abandoned greenery:
"Until a sense of green purpose is rediscovered at prime ministerial level, the Government will play no more than the role of a well-informed facilitator in international talks. For that, we need to look to Mr Cameron and his deputy, Nick Clegg, another politician who talked a green game in opposition, but whose interest in the issue in office has not been easily discernible by the naked eye."
In two articles for two left-leaning Sunday newspapers, the Coalition tries to re-establish credentials on global warming. David Cameron in The Observer even calls for unilateral action while global mechanisms falter. In the Independent on Sunday Chris Huhne says we most not give up on global fora like the Cancun summit. Look at GATT, he writes… it only took 45 years to deliver!
A preview of George Osborne's growth agenda – James Forsyth in the Mail on Sunday
Andrew Lansley says workplaces must help mothers who want to breastfeed
"Workplaces should offer mothers private rooms where they can breastfeed their babies or express milk for them, ministers will urge this week. Andrew Lansley, the health secretary, wants employers to do more to help women with babies as part of a drive to increase the UK's low rates of breastfeeding and boost children's health." – Observer
The Observer profiles Michael Gove
"This is a man who once characterised progressive politics as the art of seeking out "unmerited hierarchies, establishments that block progress, cartels and producer interests"" – Gaby Hinsliff in The Observer
In The Sunday Express Michael Gove sets out how he plans to rescue Britain's schools.
Celebrate Christian Christmas, council 'Grinches' told by Eric Pickles – BBC
> This BBC story was taken from Eric Pickles' OpEd on ConservativeHome yesterday; This Government wants faith groups to play a leading part in the Big Society
Coalition in brief:
- IDS to delay housing benefit clampdown for one year – Sunday Telegraph
- 30% surge in "intra company transfers" may undermine Coalition's immigration cap – Sunday Telegraph
- Lib Dems plotting council tax hike for second homes – Independent on Sunday
Politics in brief:
- Conservatives and Labour both at 40% in Sunday Times/ YouGov poll with net approval down to minus 14%
- Lady Thatcher is to be honoured with an official ceremonial funeral – just one step down from a full state funeral – News of the World (£)
- Tory MPs Mark Pritchard and Andrew Rosindell accused of too many foreign junkets – Sunday Times (£)
- Howard Flight and Lord Young shouldn't have been hounded for telling the truth – Julia Hartley-Brewer in The Sunday Express | Also John Rentoul in the IoS
Why don't we love Cameron?
"There is something missing in the tone and the form of words, which people sense: it is not that he actually appears insincere, but that his convictions seem not to be connected with real experience. His arguments, even for what he professes to believe wholeheartedly, come across as abstract, theoretical and impersonal. Oddly, he is rather like Barack Obama in his detachment, his failure to connect psychologically with ordinary people, to relate to the everyday reality of their lives." – Janet Daley in The Sunday Telegraph
How to save some money on PFI – Jesse Norman MP in the Mail on Sunday
Members of the public may become a fourth component of Labour's electoral college
"Ordinary voters will be able to cast ballots in the contest to choose Ed Miliband's successors even if they are not Labour Party members or belong to a trade union." – The Sunday Telegraph
Labour's graduate tax will encourage brain drain
"Today's young people will have to clear up the Baby Boomers' environmental mess, finance their pensions and repay debts that mushroomed in the Brown years. The danger is that the most talented will emigrate to lower-taxed nations. Miliband's graduate tax could encourage that, as they would not be liable for it if they worked abroad." – Tim Montgomerie in The Sunday Telegraph
"Students bring out a violent streak in me. When I see NUS spokespeople on TV talking simplistically about tuition fees, even though I basically agree with the sentiments they express so unattractively, I want to punch them. But I also like watching them chuck stuff at the police, smash windows and jump up and down on vans. I'm not so keen on the fire extinguisher hurling – I lose my appetite for the scuffle if I think someone might get killed – but a bit of a ruck with some bobbies dressed as X-wing pilots seems entirely appropriate." – David Mitchell in The Observer
- Left promises much greater social unrest – Sunday Herald
Andrew Rawnsley attacks the political dinosaurs leading NO2AV
"Most of the faces of the NO2AV campaign have next to nothing in common except their constitutional conservatism. And their age. John Prescott is 72. His fellow "big beasts" are also long in the sabre tooth: Ken Clarke (70), Margaret Beckett (67), David Blunkett (63) and John Reid (also 63). Only in this company could Charlie Falconer (just turned 59) feel young. William Hague (49) is the only heavy hitter associated with the no lobby who has not reached his half century. I draw this to your attention not to be ageist, but because it tells us that they are coming from another age." – Andrew Rawnsley in The Observer
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