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On the Local government blog Harry Phibbs is convinced there is NO U-TURN ON WEEKLY BIN COLLECTIONS
David Cameron defends aid budget in article for The Observer
"In four years' time, because of the decisions we have taken and the responsibilities we have assumed, we will not just have paid down the deficit. We will also have vaccinated more of the world's poorest children than there are people in the whole of England. I think everyone should be proud of that." – David Cameron in The Observer
- Aid may ease consciences, but it does not help the needy – Letters to The Sunday Telegraph oppose Tory position on international development
Huhne urges consumers to abandon high-charging power companies – Observer
10,000 "useless, subsidised windmills" could cost us all £140 billion – Christopher Booker in The Sunday Telegraph
> Yesterday's ToryDiary: Vote Blue, Go Green, Go Bust. Coalition accused of anti-manufacturing energy policies.
Human rights laws prevents UK deporting more foreign criminals
"For the first time The Sunday Telegraph can disclose how scores of people the Government wanted to remove from the country have been able to stay by claiming that they had a “family life” here under Article Eight of the European Convention of Human Rights."
The Sunday Times: Welfare refom could be the Coalition's finest achievement
"The case for reforming welfare during good times is undeniable, yet Labour failed to do so. Between 1997 and 2010 the number of households where nobody has ever worked rose from 184,000 to 352,000. When Labour left office, nearly one in five households had nobody in work. In Liverpool, Glasgow and Nottingham it was nearly one in three." – The Sunday Times leader (£)
Experts in Islamic extremism have been drafted in by Education Secretary Michael Gove to identify dangerous radicals in schools – Sunday Express
The cabinet minister Cheryl Gillan has declared that she is prepared to be sacked for her opposition to the government’s landmark high-speed rail project – The Sunday Times (£)
Rowan Williams mimicked Ed Miliband's critique of Coalition – Matthew d'Ancona in The Sunday Telegraph
- "The fact that a large movement within the party is building a social justice agenda should be a change that the Church of England supports and sustains. Sadly, Anglican leaders have played little role in this process." – Tim Montgomerie in The Sunday Telegraph
- We should make a distinction between the deserving and undeserving poor – Peter Hitchens in the Mail on Sunday
- "The Coalition’s turbulent priest turns out to be rather inconsistent as well as muddle-headed. In his assault on the Government, the Archbishop of Canterbury lambasted the ‘painfully stale’ big society. But the Church of England is receiving £5 million in big society money from the Government. Dr Rowan Williams also lamented that the Coalition’s education policies had not been ‘exposed to proper public argument’. But they were debated for 25 hours in the House of Lords. The Archbishop, a member of the upper house, didn’t speak on the matter once and didn’t even bother to vote." – James Forsyth in the Mail on Sunday
Tories furious as Clegg humiliates Andrew Lansley by boasting he 'won' fight to water down NHS reforms – Mail on Sunday
"Nick Clegg has claimed victory in his battle to water down the Government's NHS shake-up. The Deputy Prime Minister will tell his MPs that the Tories have caved in to 11 out of 13 Lib Dem demands. He will parade a "scorecard" at a special Commons meeting tomorrow and declare: "We have achieved all we wanted. It's a job well done."" – News of the World (£)
David Davis: Don't give up on competition in the NHS in order to appease Clegg
"The pressures on the Prime Minister are pretty severe at the moment. He quite reasonably wants to bolster the position of the Deputy Prime Minister and, perhaps unusually for a backbench Tory, I wholeheartedly support that wish. But there are other ways to do that. Giving up competition in healthcare is not the sacrifice to make. The political survival of the Lib Dems can be achieved without impinging on the real survival of thousands of Britons – which is, after all, what this is about." – David Davis in the Mail on Sunday (scroll down page)
In the Independent on Sunday, Labour spokesman John Healey refuses to believe the talk of a U-turn: "David Cameron is a PR man. I fear he'll look for a PR answer, and we'll see a political fix. He may claim he's making "substantial and significant" changes to the health bill, while he leaves his long-term ideological plans for the NHS intact."
> Andrew Haldenby on Comment yesterday: Cameron is in danger of letting the NHS go backwards
Andrew Rawnsley: From boldness to U-turnery
"Both Ken Clarke's sentencing review and Andrew Lansley's original plan for the NHS were launched in the early days of the government when the coalition was driving with learner plates. Both the health secretary and the justice secretary are strong-willed men whose minds are not easily changed once set on a course. They were not restrained by an inexperienced prime minister who wanted his government to achieve a reputation for boldness from its inception. They gained further latitude because Nick Clegg was so keen to prove that coalition did not have to be a recipe for timidity." – Andrew Rawnsley in The Observer
New book accuses Ed Miliband of plotting for years against his brother
"The Mail on Sunday today publishes extracts from a new book in which ex-Foreign Secretary Mr Miliband effectively accuses his ‘ruthless’ younger brother of lying about the way he stole the Labour crown from him. Such is the bad blood between the two men that they are even at war over when the ‘Biblical act of fratricide’ – the moment Ed told David he was going to run – took place. Ed says he went to his brother’s home and told him to his face. Defiant David says no such meeting ever took place."
Ed Miliband’s ‘dislike for macho Ed Balls was an open secret’ – Mail on Sunday
"David Miliband is "waiting for his brother Ed to fail" as Labour leader and is "poised" to make another bid for the job, friends of the former foreign secretary revealed last night." – Independent on Sunday
Ed Miliband leadership crisis fuelled by claim of growing 'feud' with brother – Observer
"Senior Labour figures suggested last night that Miliband had a year to raise his game and prove himself. Among those who have signalled their unease are David Blunkett, the former home secretary, and John Prescott, the former deputy prime minister, who has told friends he is unhappy over Miliband’s attacks on Labour’s record." – The Sunday Times (£)
The publication of Ed Balls's personal files shows how Gordon Brown and Tony Blair's project was doomed from the start – Janet Daley in The Sunday Telegraph
Conservative and Labour politicians want Lord Reid of Cardowan to lead the campaign to keep Scotland within the UK amid fears that the Union is now in a "dangerously weak position" – Scotland on Sunday
Peter Tatchell leads protests at knighthood for Brian Souter, defender of Section 28
"David Cameron was facing a backlash from gay voters this weekend over the decision to award a knighthood to Brian Souter, the transport tycoon. Souter, chief executive of the Stagecoach Group, has been awarded the honour for his services to transport and the voluntary sector. But gay rights campaigners say Souter should never have been given the honour because of his campaign to prevent homosexuality being taught in schools. Peter Tatchell, the gay rights campaigner, said: “It’s disgraceful that someone who has promoted social division is being rewarded with a knighthood.” – The Sunday Times (£)
"David Cameron made an outrageous Ryan Giggs joke at a Tory fundraising bash at the expense of two Lefties who have attacked his policies, Neanderthal rail union leader Bob Crow and Guardian grande dame Polly Toynbee. ‘Would you trust Bob Crow and Polly Toynbee with running the economy?’ asked Dave. ‘It would be like trusting Ryan Giggs with your sister.’" – Mail on Sunday's Black Dog
> Cameron's other jokes at the summer party