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6.15pm ConHome Columnist Anthony Browne: The government is right in objecting to giving unmarried couples automatic legal rights

EUROPEAN ECONOMIC CRISIS

  • Clegg: Ministers were "not blind" to the deterioration in conditions and recognised the "economic context was much worse than before" – BBC | Coffee House
  • Paddy Ashdown says €uro must break up – Spectator
  • "German politicians are now talking openly about the possibility of Greece leaving the euro, but it is hard to see how this would result in anything other than its swift and total collapse as traders turned their attentions to Portugal, Ireland and Spain" – Tom Bradby


UNEMPLOYMENT UP 80,000

  • Chris Grayling's reaction – ToryDiary
  • Cameron describes 80,000 rise in unemployment as disappointing – Telegraph
  • More than 110,000 civil servants have lost their jobs in the last three months – Telegraph
  • …BUT it's DOWN in Scotland – LeftFootFwd
  • IDS is right to insist that the unemployed learn English – Harry Phibbs for the Daily Mail

50p TAX BAND COSTS (YES COSTS) TREASURY £500 MILLION PER YEAR

  • "50p income tax rate ‘costs economy £500m a year as high earners move their cash abroad’" – Daily Mail

UNIONS PLAN MASSIVE ATTACK ON JOBS, ECONOMY ON 30TH NOVEMBER

  • Unions have called on a nationwide "day of action" for 30 November, which threatens to disrupt public services across the UK – BBC
  • Mark Serwotka, of the Public and Commercial Services Union, says the Coalition wants to privatise more of the public sector than even Thatcher fantasised about – Telegraph
  • Tim Montgomerie: "Hope we don't all come to regret Govt's failure to introduce turnout thresholds"
  • The Express names the union chiefs earning more than £100K

UNIONS SAY LIBYAN CAMPAIGN HAS FAILED

  • Motion passed at TUC Congress: "Congress believes the attack against Libya has been misjudged and, while holding no brief for the Gadaffi regime, believes military action should be halted immediately and that international efforts should be focused on securing a peaceful political settlement to the conflict."

7% HIKE IN LONDON TRANSPORT FARES WON'T HELP BORIS' RE-ELECTION HOPES

  • Public transport fares in London will rise by an average of 7% from the start of next year, Boris Johnson has announced – Guardian | Evening Standard leader

YELLOW v GREEN

  • One of the most interesting battles in the next few years will be the scrap for voters between the Lib Dems and Greens. The gloves are off at LibDemVoice today.

IN BRIEF

  • Ed Miliband hasn't defined his economic policy and is therefore defined by Brown's – FT Westminster
  • Miliband stoops to Osborne dominatrix allegations in spectacular own goal – Harry Cole
  • The hacking tale has just begun – Matthew d'Ancona
  • Cameron tells Richard Harrington MP that the government is doing everything it can to secure the release of Judith Tebbutt, the British holidaymaker kidnapped in Kenya – Guardian TV

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