2.30pm ToryDiary: There's nothing big society about capping big donations to charities
Douglas Carswell MP on Comment: 'Small-state Conservatism' is more popular than 'wind turbine Conservatism'
- Clegg can't find people to stand as Lib Dem candidates as activists shun toughest wards in big cities
- The former Conservative MP for Woking and Shadow Home Affairs spokesman, Humfrey Malins seeking to stand as Police Commissioner for Surrey
- 61% say he runs a "government of chums"
- By 63% to 37% voters think the Bullingdon boy is the real Cameron rather than a man at a bar with a pint
- The Tories are down to 30% but Labour is also down, to 35%
- UKIP are now level-pegging with the LibDems, both on 11%
- Boris Johnson 22% is the politician people would most like to come round for dinner (Cameron scores 8% and Ed Miliband 5%).
Read more at the Mail on Sunday.
The more politicians chase opinion polls the more unpopular they appear to come – Janet Daley in The Sunday Telegraph
Andrew Rawnsley: "There is now a worm of distrust wriggling in the guts of the most important relationship in government"
"The prime minister's people and the chancellor's friends are also becoming more openly critical of each other's failings. The Treasury mutters that David Cameron doesn't run a tight enough ship at Number 10 with the result that you get fiascos such as the unnecessary panic over petrol shortages. From the perspective of Number 10, it is the budget that has done the damage that will have lasting effect by leaving everyone except millionaires feeling they have been left even worse off than they were. The atmosphere has been further darkened by resentment at Number 10 that during the pre-budget negotiations the chancellor prevailed too often, with consequences that have been harmful to the government." – Andrew Rawnsley in The Observer
- The Conservative Party leader has forced through health, education and welfare reforms that Margaret Thatcher sidestepped – In The Sunday Telegraph Bruce Anderson says we still do not understand our "serene but radical" PM
The Sun accuses George Osborne of an "insane miscalculation" over 50p
"To make the rich richer — including himself — while the poor get poorer, as they do as a net result of his Budget, was an insane miscalculation. Both for the living standards of Sun readers and for his own Government’s chances of survival. Mr Osborne will have to make amends quickly, and in future Budgets too. If at the next election the Tories are still seen as the party of the rich, as they are today, they are toast." – The Sun Says
Meanwhile The Sunday Times (£) says 45p is here to stay.
> Yesterday's ToryDiary: Osborne has no regrets as he starts the fightback
Ed Balls will hold Commons vote on 'granny tax' on 19th April – Sunday Express
Ed Balls MP in The Sun: "As Tory MP David Davis wrote on this page last week, the Government seems more and more out of touch with people on modest and middle incomes with every passing day. And they’re not just out of touch, they’re also increasingly incompetent. Just look at the panic they caused at the petrol pumps last week."
"A powerful alliance of aid groups, charities and arts organisations is launching a full-frontal assault on Treasury plans to limit tax relief for philanthropists, warning that they will have a devastating impact on the culture of giving at the heart of David Cameron's "big society"." – Observer
John Low of the Charities Aid Foundation in The Observer: "People affected by this change give hundreds of thousands or even millions of pounds to charity – overwhelmingly more than they might receive from tax relief on their donations. Without their support, help for some of the most vulnerable will be damaged, vital medical research will not be carried out, and whole swaths of small charities at the heart of the big society will be placed in jeopardy, not to mention education, the arts and overseas aid and development."
Explicit videos by singers such as Rihanna would be given 18 certificates to protect children under plans being considered by Mr Cameron – The Sunday Telegraph
Andrew Mitchell to announce new fund that will harness technology to help when natural disasters strike – BBC
Theresa May fights back over Abu Qatada, human rights and Nick Clegg – The Home Secretary is interviewed by The Sunday Telegraph
After President Sarkozy deported two suspected terrorists, Alasdair Palmer asks: "Why won’t David Cameron just do what President Sarkozy has done: ignore the European Court, and take the step that he thinks is necessary to preserve our security?" In The Sunday Telegraph he concludes we are probably better off without a head of government who's constrained by the judges.
Computer hacking group Anonymous said it attacked Home Office and Ministry of Justice websites last night in protest at “draconian surveillance proposals” – Sunday Express
Cameron has been accused of hypocrisy for hosting a major green energy summit at the same time as slashing subsidies for solar power generation – Independent on Sunday
- Britain's airports have suffered from "half a century of political paralysis" – Alistair Osborne in The Sunday Telegraph
Steve Hilton and Andrew Cooper attend Highgate ceremony for late Philip Gould, Blair's polling guru – Mail on Sunday
Two of the UK's biggest teaching unions were today on a collision course with the Government after voting for further industrial action, including strikes, over pensions, pay and job losses – The Sunday Telegraph
Labour should have good local election results but Ed Miliband may face setbacks in London and Scotland – Iain Martin in The Sunday Telegraph
James Forsyth: Cameron fears what Murdoch may reveal at Leveson and city mayors may get seats in reformed House of Lords – Mail on Sunday
Peter Hitchens says Britain needs a new political party and he's prepared to stand for it
In the Mail on Sunday he sets out its manifesto: "In each parliamentary seat, concerned and wise men and women should now turn their minds to finding a candidate who has independence of mind, who is neither bigoted nor politically correct, who loves this country and is proud of its independence and its ancient liberties, who hates crime and injustice, who supports the married family and the rule of law, who understands that education without authority is impossible."
Ian Birrell: Politicians shouldn't be able to hide their tax affairs
"We live in an age of transparency, when technology is tearing down walls and changing relationships. Academics are learning the power of mass collaboration. Businesses are learning the fragility of their brand and need for more openness. Consumers are discovering their strength. Politics must adapt to this new world order. After all, if politicians preach that "rich bastards" just don't understand public anger over tax avoidance, then turn out to be both wealthy and use highly creative accounting, voters have the right to know this before casting their vote. Don't they, Ken?" – Ian Birrell in the Independent on Sunday
Religious people are more likely to be leftwing, says thinktank Demos
"The report found that 55% of people with faith placed themselves on the left of politics, compared with 40% who placed themselves on the right. The report also suggests that people with faith are more likely to value equality over freedom than their non-religious counterparts. It discloses that 41% of people with religious views prioritise equality over freedom, compared with 36% of those without faith." – Observer
My hand was healed by God says Tory MP, Gary Streeter, after advertising watchdog condemns leaflets claiming religion can cure – Mail on Sunday
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