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free school. New homes. Quality childcare. Three visits Cameron should
make this week to help show what the Romans are doing for us

Noon Lord Bates on Comment: John Bird – the anti-poverty worker who sees through anti-poverty campaigners. He's needed in Downing Street.

ToryDiary: A free school. New homes. Quality childcare. Three visits Cameron should make this week to help show what the Romans are doing for us

Screen shot 2013-04-07 at 05.44.11Also on ToryDiary: Iain Dale is to write a weekly Friday diary for ConservativeHome

On this Low Sunday, Graeme Archer on Comment marries duty and desire in his meditation on the meaning of Easter: The sacred and profane love machine

WATCH: Farage on parade. A Telegraph film of his tour last week

Coming this week: Cameron's "What did the Romans ever do for us?" tour

"This week, he’ll hit the key electoral battlegrounds of Yorkshire, the East and West Midlands and the South-West. Inside No 10, they joke about this being the ‘what did the Romans ever do for us?’ tour after that line in the Monty Python film The Life Of Brian. In the words of one senior figure they want to remind voters that ‘without our economic stewardship, we’d be a Spain’…Cameron will do a question-and-answer session nearly everywhere he goes as he puts in 15-hour days. One of those going with him says: ‘He’ll come back physically knackered but mentally rejuvenated.’ " – James Forsyth, Mail on Sunday

  • Downing Street ghost ship claim as Rohan Silva prepares to depart – Sunday Times (£)

> Today on ToryDiary – A
free school. New homes. Quality childcare. Three visits Cameron should
make this week to help show what the Romans are doing for us

Ending last week 1) Prime Minister says: Our welfare system has lost its way

Cameron earnest"By paying their taxes each month, the British people are saying: “If you fall on hard times, we’re here for you.” This compassion is one of the greatest blessings of being British — and as long as I am Prime Minister that’s the way it will stay.  But no one can deny that our welfare system has lost its way. It was invented to help people escape poverty, but has trapped too many people in it. It was meant to be a stop-gap in hard times, but has become a lifestyle choice for some. It was designed to bring us together, but is causing resentment." – David Cameron, Sun on Sunday

  • New welfare row as 600,000 are set to come off disability benefit – Daily Telegraph (£)
  • "Most people believe at least HALF of claimants are not in genuine need and don’t deserve any help. Nearly seven out of ten — 67 per cent — think the £200billion-a-year system does not work and needs urgent reform." Sun on Sunday

Peter Oborne: Up with IDS! Down with Osborne!

Duncan Smith Marr
"David Cameron’s Chancellor, George Osborne, has been, by contrast, extremely conservative. As if to compensate for this failure of nerve on the economic front (where Mrs Thatcher was so brave), the Coalition has been bold and visionary in its policy for the welfare state (where Mrs Thatcher was notoriously cautious). The extraordinary energy and radicalism in this sphere has nothing to do with the Treasury and everything to do with Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions." – Sunday Telegraph (£)

> Yesterday: ToryDiary – When IDS and his girlfriend were living in a single room with a one-ring gas oven

Ending last week 2): Clegg counter-attacks over yesterday's Balls poster…

"As the new financial year kicked in, Labour made its campaign highlighting the impact of reforms, which includes a cut in the top rate of income tax, launching a poster with the tagline: "Who Wants to Bung a Millionaire? Dave Does"…But Mr Clegg insisted ministers had fixed a "gross unfairness" in the system left by the previous government that allowed the rich to pay less tax than the poor." – Sunday Express

> Yesterday:

…And Labour scrambles to duck the charge that it is the scroungers' friend

Screen shot 2013-04-07 at 08.57.30"A radical shakeup of the welfare state, under which benefit payments to those out of work or on low incomes would vary according to their past contributions to the state, is being considered by the Labour party. One central idea under consideration is the creation of a flexible payments system offering higher benefits to those who have been employed for longer and have therefore made more national insurance contributions." – The Observer

  • Labour proposes full employment and the old principle of contribution – Liam Byrne in the Observer
  • Labour claim women will lose nearly £4bn in latest household budget cuts – Independent on Sunday
  • How Miliband fell out of love with Hollande – Sunday Express
  • (Labour needs a French lesson in tax – Sunday Times Editorial) (£)
  • How Cruddas assembled his property portfolio, including the third home on the Irish Coast where he is writing Miliband's manifesto – Mail on Sunday
  • How Chuka Umunna rewrote his Wikipedia page – Sun on Sunday
  • How Blair rewrote the evidence over Iraq and WMD – The Independent on Sunday
  • "For all Labour’s hysteria, most Brits believe the Coalition’s benefits overhaul is fair and reasonable" – Sun on Sunday Editorial

Ian Birrell: The mutinous anger of Labour voters over benefit scroungers

"For one thing is clear from my trip to Wythenshawe – those angriest with the iniquities of the welfare system are the working people who have traditionally been the bedrock of Labour support. People such as Brenton Thomas, a greengrocer whose earnings have fallen to £120 a week – yet sees others on the dole drinking all day in the pub…Most people thought the Coalition was still too soft, suggesting those who refuse to work should get all benefits stopped – an idea that would make a Guardian leader writer blanche." – Ian Birrell, Mail on Sunday

  • Lashing out at the freakshow of Mick Philpott won't solve the problems of our overstretched welfare system – Paul Valleley, Independent on Sunday
  • Philpott shows the risk in making politics personal – Adam Boulton, Sunday Times (£)

> Yesterday:

Grayling: A Tory attack dog who is off the leash

GRAYLING-OPEN-SHIRT"Grayling…rattles off a list of his achievements in the past six months – all of which manage to appeal to right-wing Tories while retaining a large measure of popular support. While there is certainly a more considered side to him (he says his greatest challenge is to help prisoners off the easy path to reoffending) you get the clear impression that he feels his wide-ranging Whitehall brief gives him the perfect opportunity, despite the frustrations of coalition, to take the fight to Labour. He could be as effective a cabinet attack dog for the Tories as Norman Tebbit was in the 1980s." – Interview, Sunday Telegraph (£)

  • "Foreign migrants are to be banned from obtaining legal aid for civil claims until they have lived in Britain for at least a year" – Sunday Telegraph
  • Grayling’s savings are a step in the right direction – Sunday Telegraph Editorial (£)

Hague warns Iran over nuclear move

"Mr Hague said a "wide gap remains" between Tehran and the so-called E3+3 nations – the UK, United States, France, Germany, Russia and China – despite two days of negotiations in Kazakhstan. "The UK went to Kazakhstan ready with our partners to negotiate in good faith with Iran," he said. "Lengthy discussions took place on some issues, but a wide gap remains between the parties. Iran's current position falls far short of what is needed to achieve a diplomatic breakthrough." – Sunday Express

  • North Korea readies missile launch as fears of a covert cyberwar grow – The Observer

We told you it would happen: Sir Gerald Howarth, now the new Conservative Way Forward Chairman, turns up the heat over aid spending and defence cuts

Screen shot 2013-04-07 at 09.01.37"Howarth described the decision to increase the budget of the Department for International Development from £8bn to more than £10bn this financial year as “barking”. “The idea that we should be continuing to shovel out shed-loads of money into overseas aid and inflict another round of cuts on the armed forces is just not Conservative,” he said. Defence spending is emerging as a flashpoint between No 10 and right-wing Tory MPs. The Ministry of Defence is braced for a 5% cut to its non-equipment budget when the 2015-16 spending review is published in June." – Sunday Times (£)

> Recently: Three campaigns are promised by Sir Gerald Howarth, the new Chairman of Conservative Way Forward. Take note, Number Ten

Tory MP complains to Information Commissioner about Chief Whip, Sir George Young

"The claims have been made by Tory rebels who say it is part of a campaign of intimidation to stop them speaking out against Mr Cameron’s policies on Europe and gay marriage. They accuse Sir George Young – who is charged with imposing discipline on the increasingly fractious Parliamentary party – of ‘victimising’ them by using confidential details of their travel and housing claims. Now one rebel MP has made a formal complaint to the Government’s official watchdog, the Information Commissioner." – Mail on Sunday 

Farage: Boris…Miliband…Anyone: I can work with anyone other than Cameron

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"Asked in an interview with The Telegraph if his eurosceptic party could
work with Labour, Mr Farage said: “If we found ourselves in the position
post 2015 where we could do a deal that could usher this country’s exit from
political union in Brussels, we’d do a deal with the devil.” The novel alliance would depend on Ukip winning its first seats in Westminster
at the election in two years’ time. It could also raise eyebrows amongst the
party’s supporters — many of whom are disaffected Conservatives." – Daily Telegraph

> Today: WATCH – Farage on parade. A Telegraph film of his tour last week

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