Cameron conference speech follow-up: push to cut the cost of living

“Cuts to the cost of rail commuters’ season tickets and a curb on bank fees will form part of a Tory assault on the cost of living starting next month…George Osborne has identified water bills, rail fares and bank fees as areas where the Government can act to help with household bills.” – The Times (£)

The speech itself: the Prime Minister says that a majority Conservative Government would stop young people claiming benefits

Screen shot 2013-10-03 at 05.52.10“In his speech closing the Tory conference he revealed that the benefits curb will be a flagship proposal in the party’s general election manifesto. “We should give young people a clear, positive choice – go to school, go to college, do an apprenticeship, get a job,” he said in Manchester. “But just choose the dole? We’ve got to offer them something better than that.” – Daily Express

  • Cameron: A Tory Government would cut taxes – Daily Telegraph
  • Conference speech buzzword breakdown – The Guardian
  • Half the number of drafts of last year. Speech almost complete by July and constructed for TV. Gove, Clare Foges, Ameet Gill and a “new, more relaxed Steve Hilton” were authors – The Times (£)
  • I wish I hadn’t forced through gay marriage law, admits Cameron in private meeting at party conference – Daily Mail
  • Cameron EU win over high heels and jewellery for hairdressers – The Times (£)

The sketchwriters:

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  • “He stared straight into the camera, largely seeming to ignore the somnolent supporters in front of him. (No wonder: only just over a third of the audience were party members.) At the end the applause was not perfunctory, but brief.” – Simon Hoggart, The Guardian
  • “It was a speech for the head, not the heart. It was, to use the Tory word du jour, a hardworking speech. (And, yes, I know it should have a hyphen but in Dave-land, or should that be Daveland, it doesn’t.)” – Ann Treneman, The Times (£)
  • “Listing things. Listing some more things. Hawking truisms. Gesturing emptily. Looking knackered. Phoning it in. Talking in the sort of tone you might use when patiently giving directions to a tourist who looks a bit dim and speaks hardly a word of English.” – Michael Deacon, Daily Telegraph

Fashion report:

CAMERON Sam Gimson“The Prime Minister’s wife kept it simple in a trendy black Cos over-sized collar winter jacket teamed with her favourite style of slim-cut trousers. Wearing her hair down, she finished off the look with black patent heels which revealed the discreet dolphin tattoo on her right ankle. Tucked under 42-year-old Sam’s arm was a soft grey Crossbody clutch made by Smythson. She was creative director of the British brand until 2010.” – Daily Express

  • Chancellor’s wife confesses she feels ‘paralysed’ by people who are unwell and urges sick to stay at home – Daily Mail



Martin Kettle: The Tories are better off with One Nation Cameron

Screen shot 2013-10-03 at 08.19.03“This was emphatically not the speech of a Tory leader whose primary aim was to move his party to the right. On the contrary, this was the speech of what Cameron is and always has been: a one-nation Conservative who is still seeking, in the words of Matthew d’Ancona’s important new book about the coalition, to solve the political theorem that dominates post-Thatcher Britain – that of combining the vigour of market economics with social justice and social responsibility.” – The Guardian

  • Yes, he has done many courageous things for Britain but I just wish Dave would show more of his real self – Max Hastings, Daily Mail
  • David Cameron shows he is the right man for Britain in serious times – Leo McKinstry, Daily Express
  • The speech of a great PR, not a great PM – Matthew Engel, Financial Times
  • Cameron keeps his options open – Steve Richards, The Independent
  • A good speech, and a good conference season for everyone (except UKIP) – Peter Oborne, Daily Telegraph

> Yesterday:

Ruth Davidson warns representatives: This could be your last-ever Party Conference

DAVIDSON Ruth smiling“She told the packed hall: “I want you to reflect that this could be your last ever UK party conference. Because by this time next year the people of Scotland will have voted in a referendum which will decide not just if Scotland should be in or out of the UK, but will decide whether the UK will exist at all.” – The Times (£)

  • Welsh Assembly should work more closely with Westminster, says David Jones – Wales Online
  • Villiers: Loyalist rioters claim to be defenders of British values in grotesque – Belfast Telegraph

Heseltine declares that UKIP is racist…

“Lord Heseltine, who advises the Coalition on economic growth, told the BBC: “Of course it’s racist, who doubts that? Farage isn’t racist but his party is very attractive to a racist agenda.” The peer, a Cabinet minister in the last Conservative government in the 1990s, said that a vote for Ukip at the 2015 general election would be one for Labour. He said: “The price of not voting for the Tories will be Ed Miliband.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Top 100 most influential Right-wingers: The rise and rise of Nigel Farage – Iain Dale, Daily Telegraph
  • The 100 most influential Right-wingers: full list – Daily Telegraph

…And attacks the Mail over its claim that Miliband’s father “hated Britain”

MILIBAND, Ralph“Lord Heseltine, the Tory peer, said the Mail had demeaned politics by publishing the articles. Lord Moore of Lower Marsh, who served in Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet and studied under Ralph Miliband, said it “beggared belief” that the newspaper could have described the Marxist academic as hating Britain. Charles Moore, the former Daily Telegraph editor and Baroness Thatcher’s biographer, accused the Mail of offending taste and decency.” – The Times (£)

  • Conservative former Cabinet Minister Lord Moore accuses Mail of telling lies – The Guardian
  • Miliband will not complain to PCC over article – Financial Times
  • Was Dacre trying to get his attack in before the press regulation proposals are rejected? – The Guardian
  • How typically hypocritical of the Left, who danced on the grave of Mrs Thatcher, to be upset about debate over Red Ed’s Marxist father – Stephen Glover, Daily Mail
  • My father worked for…the Mail – Robert Shrimsley, Financial Times
  • Wanting to change Britain doesn’t mean you hate it – Tim Montgomerie, The Times (£)

> Today: Ralph Miliband. Plumb wrong – but no hater of Britain

Fallon fights shale nimbys

Screen shot 2013-10-03 at 08.22.35“Mr Fallon hit back, saying: “Shale is everywhere and we can’t just say it can only be extracted in Lancashire or in the North-East. “There’s an awful lot of it in the North — in Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cheshire. But there’s also an awful lot in the South. There’s some in Scotland, there’s some in Wales.” – The Sun

UK’s man on the ECHR – who has never sat as a judge in Britain – calls for axe murderers to be given the vote

“The remark from Paul Mahoney, a bureaucrat who has never sat as a judge in this country, shocked MPs. ‘If you are killed by an axe murderer, I would still give him the vote – he would have a say,’ Mr Mahoney told a cross-party group of politicians in Strasbourg.” – Daily Mail

News in Brief

  • Ofsted chief says private schools are offering state pupils nothing but ‘crumbs’ – Daily Mail
  • Ofsted takes one look and closes the controversial Al-Madinah Free School in Derby – Daily Express
  • Labour police commissioner in Durham investigated over corruption allegation – The Times (£)
  • Plebgate cop under psychiatric care – The Sun
  • Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize – Daily Mail
  • U.S shutdown talks end in stalemate – The Guardian
  • Iranian cyber warfare commander shot dead in suspected assassination – Daily Telegraph
  • Hinckley Point reactor deal expected “in weeks” – Financial Times
  • Statins can reduce dementia risk – Daily Express
  • Boris reveals that he wears spectacles, says they’re “a bit Elton John” – The Sun

And finally…Quentin Letts bids farewell to the conference season

“And so, yabba-dabba-do, the conferences end. We had the Lib Dems saying ‘no’ in Glasgow. We had Ed Mil going all Soviet in Brighton. And we had Cam showing Centrist discipline and just a kimono flash of hope in Manchester. The air raid is now over.”- Daily Mail

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