Bagshawe Louise May 20114.15pm MPsETC: On day UKUncut protestors targeted Clegg family home, Tory MP Louise Mensch urges people to donate £5 to Lib Dem funds

3.15pm WATCH: Talking to Sky News, Grant Shapps MP gives £100,000 to 12 high streets to reward innovative thinking

12.45pm Local government: Portas Pilots named

ToryDiary: Which would be your preference for the future relationship between Britain and Europe?

Philip Booth on Comment: The UK's tax system punishes work, training, family formation and saving

C_HOME Camerons's choice

Majority Conservatism: Should Cameron maximise the possibilities for continuing coalition or maximise the possibility of a Tory majority?

Local government: The Headmaster of the bog standard East Bridgwater Community School in Somerset writes to the Times Educational Supplement to show his sneering ingratitude for being sent a King James Bible

Also on Local government: Reform Scotland calls for fewer Scottish councils

Alex Salmond predicts million-strong Yes movement for Scottish independenceGuardian

Eddie Barnes suggests the Yes campaign looked very Left-wing – Scotsman

> VIDEO: Actors, Greens, Socialists and lottery winners join Alex Salmond to launch Scottish independence campaign

Times leader (£): "This newspaper is inclined to the view that an independent Scotland is perfectly feasible and that the terms of departure could be handled amicably, should the Scottish people vote for it. The problem is not, therefore, that such a thing is not doable, but deciding whether it should be done."

Jeremy Hunt addressed News Corp lobbyist Fred Michel as "daddy" and "mon ami" in text messages released by the Leveson InquiryBBC

The Telegraph leader: "It is a rich irony that an inquiry set up by Mr Cameron to investigate press ethics has turned into a forensic investigation of his Government’s relationship with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp… Britain’s international standing as a good place in which to invest and do business rests, in large part, on an appreciation that we play by the rules and obey the law. The furtive and clandestine shenanigans exposed by the bright light of the Leveson Inquiry are jeopardising that hard-won reputation."

Screen Shot 2012-05-26 at 07.27.04Theresa May: We'll stop migrants if euro collapsesTelegraph

"EU nationals are largely entitled to work anywhere in the single market. If the single currency breaks up, people looking for work abroad may see Britain as an attractive alternative as it is a non-eurozone country. Asked whether emergency immigration controls were being considered , Mrs May said: "It is right that we do some contingency planning on this [and] that is work that is ongoing."" – BBC

  • Britain faces £230bn bill if Greece quits euro – The Sun
  • "For months now, the leaders of the eurozone have been confronted by a fork in the road. To be fair to them, they have been clear what they should do. Press straight ahead. They have been set upon kicking the can down the road, despite the fact that there is no more road and they have a broken toe." – Bruce Anderson in The Telegraph

"Don't expect sympathy"… and pay your taxes – IMF Lagarde's message to the Greeks

"Christine Lagarde, said she has more sympathy for children deprived of decent schooling in sub-Saharan Africa than for many of those facing poverty in Athens. In an uncompromising interview with The Guardian, Lagarde insists it is payback time for Greece and makes it clear that the IMF has no intention of softening the terms of the country's austerity package."

HEFFER SIMONSimon Heffer argues that Labour's economic policies make them unelectable

"Mr Miliband’s team is as bankrupt of ideas about how to save the economy as the Coalition is. Borrowing money, or printing more of it, would simply hasten Britain’s progress to Greek-style bankruptcy and financial implosion, wrecking living standards of Britons for a generation, and quite possibly longer. And that is why Labour’s electability remains an illusion." – Simon Heffer in the Daily Mail

  • On the deficit and on the euro, Ed Balls has called it correctly on the two most important judgments of recent times – Jonathan Freedland for The Guardian 
  • While Nick Clegg's talk of a push for growth is most welcome, his defence of cuts is discreditable nonsense – Robert Skidelsky in The Guardian
  • Daily Mail leader: "Nick Clegg and Mr Cameron deliver lectures on the need for robust action by the EU – seemingly unaware that the British economy is collapsing under them. So worried is the IMF that it this week warned Britain may be forced to slash its historically low interest rates even further."

Tory Right wrong to put so much faith in shale gas, warns Ed DaveyTelegraph

It sounds mad, but sane Tories are talking about ousting David Cameron – Andrew Grice in The Independent

PARSONS"Is David Cameron the most despised party leader in our country’s history? Even leaders who are hated by the opposition – one thinks of Margaret Thatcher or Michael Foot – are invariably adored by their own side. But who believes in David Cameron? He is the only politician I have ever seen who, even when he totally loses his rag, still has to read from a script… Thin-skinned, volatile and never won an election, Cameron wanted to be the heir to Blair but he is more like the blue Gordon Brown" – Tony Parsons in the Daily Mirror

There's some optimism from Patrick O'Flynn in The Express, however: "David Cameron’s team seems to have brought a halt to the own goals" even if its situation is still worrying.

"The truth is that the prison population is not too high but too low. If Mr Clarke wishes to pick a fight he really should first make sure the facts are on his side" – Patrick O'Flynn in The Express

  • Under-18s commit a quarter of all crimes – Daily Mail
  • Ken Clarke snoozes again but this time at the cricket – The Sun

The 12 high streets selected to be 'Portas pilots'DCLG press release

Warsi Sayeeda Sep 11Why I'm calling a truce on my war with Warsi – Kelvin MacKenzie in the Daily Mail

It's hard to believe we can build credible Afghanistan after so many years of failure – Rory Stewart MP in The Independent

Richard Branson launches fresh attack on Coalition's "mad" air travel taxesExpress

A boss of Cornish pasty firm Ginsters has donated £100,000 to the Conservative Party amid the controversy over George Osborne's "pasty tax"Western Morning News

Why do civil servants still get honours when so many exceptional people don't? – Chris Bryant in The Independent

Eurovision will do more to bring people together than the EU will ever do – Fraser Nelson in The Telegraph

Grammar schools educated people to lead the world. They can do so again – Chris Blackhurst in The Independent

Our obsession with young politicians is damaging Britain – Alan Massie in The Telegraph


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