Learn English, get a job, respect our way of life – Javid on immigration

Border‘“People want Britain to have more control over its borders, and I think they are right,” Mr Javid, who is the son of Pakistani immigrants, says. “People also say, when immigrants do come to Britain, that they should come to work, and make a contribution and that they should also respect our way of life, and I agree with all of that. It means things like trying to learn English.”’ – Sunday Telegraph

>Today: ToryDiary: Javid makes a refreshing, compelling change

Euro Elections 1) ComRes finds UKIP’s lead growing

‘Ukip increased its lead in a ComRes poll last night and is set to create shockwaves in this week’s European elections. His party now has the support of 35 per cent of voters — 11 points ahead of Labour. The third-place Tories have 20 per cent, with the Greens fourth and Lib Dems down to fifth on just six per cent.’ – The Sun on Sunday (£)

Euro Elections 2) Farage doubles down on his criticism of Romanians

FARAGE big laugh‘Nigel Farage yesterday stoked the row over his ‘racist’ attack on Romanians by insisting that they were more likely to commit crime than other immigrants. The UKIP leader said it was ‘perfectly legitimate’ to point out ‘where there are differential crime rates between nationalities’.’ – Mail on Sunday

Euro Elections 3) Osborne: voting purple risks the recovery

‘A Vote for UKIP could damage the British economy, George Osborne has warned. The chancellor said he does “worry” that poor election results for the Conservatives could hurt the recovery.’ – Sunday Times (£)

Euro Elections 4) James Cracknell discusses his MEP ambitions

Union Jack Tree Logo‘“I refused to let the rest of my life to be defined by an accident and suffering a brain injury. It’s just something that happened to me,” said the Olympic champion rower. “Even before I knew Europe was where the real fight was. Britain is in the unique position that nationalism never failed us. At one point, every nation lost the Second World War except Britain. We joined for a common market and jobs, not to lose our national identity or sign up for a federal Europe.” – Sunday Express

Carney: Housing market is the ‘biggest risk’ to the economy

‘THE housing market has “deep, deep” problems and is the “biggest risk” to Britain’s economic recovery, the governor of the Bank of England has warned. In his most outspoken comments about the dangers of a house-price bubble, Mark Carney signalled that the Bank would act to rein in mortgage spending this year, making it more difficult for home buyers to obtain loans.’ – Sunday Times (£)

Simon Danczuk MP condemns Miliband’s struggling campaign

Labour holes‘For far too long, we’ve relied on the unpopularity and incompetence of this Government rather than focusing on our performance and offering solutions to the nation’s problems.  It was foolish to think that could carry on for ever. Sooner or later the Tories were always going to get their act together. Now we need to up our game. The polls show that Labour’s message isn’t hitting home.’ – Simon Danczuk, Mail on Sunday

Whittingdale: The BBC licence fee will not survive

‘The BBC licence fee is outdated and could be abolished in as little as two years, BBC managers have been told. John Whittingdale, the chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, which is looking at new ways to fund the broadcaster, has told executives it will ‘not survive’.’ – Mail on Sunday

Dominic Lawson: Shy unionists will vote No in Scotland

Scottish flag‘The world’s most successful forecaster of votes…believes that the yes campaign has “virtually no chance”. This is the American statistician Nate Silver, who correctly called the result of all 50 states in the 2012 US presidential campaign. Silver, who was in Scotland to promote his book The Signal and the Noise, cited the failure of the independence movement in Quebec during the referendum of 1995: ”…Historically in any vote in a referendum, people tend not to default to changing the status quo.”’ – Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times (£)

>Yesterday: Peter Cuthbertson on Comment: Why this commentariat panic about Scotland’s referenendum? It will vote No – and the key is the Don’t Knows

Opening shots of the Generation War

‘For we Oldies (I am 73), the years pass frighteningly quickly. Inevitably, we fear life’s climactic challenges, from being alone and poor to suffering from dementia or any number of other chronic disabilities. Now I fear, there’s a new threat: it’s called ‘generational warfare’. We are told that the increase in the numbers of Oldies is placing an unfair burden on the young, who will pay for Oldies’ care and pensions at a time when they themselves are battling to find work and homes.’ – Des Wilson, Mail on Sunday

  • Hunt asks Field to help solve NHS finances – The Observer

Plebgate legal action may cost Mitchell his home

Andrew Mitchell‘The former Chief Whip is facing a £200,000 libel action by the police constable who refused to let him cycle through the Downing Street gates – and Mr Mitchell has told friends that the cost of defending the action could force him to sell his £1 million home in Islington, North London…Last night he said: ‘I have always told the truth about the incident. I was fitted up. If it can happen to a Government Minister, it can happen to anyone’.’ – Mail on Sunday

Britain tries to block American ‘torture’ file release

‘Britain has tried to block the release of US ‘torture files’ that could prove how the Blair Government was complicit in the capture and ill-treatment of dozens of terror suspects, it was claimed last night. US Senators are within weeks of publishing a top-secret report on America’s torture and rendition programme carried out in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.’ – Mail on Sunday

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Cameron tries to avoid being dragged into Blair’s war

Is democracy on its last legs?

ballot_box‘Western politicians love to boast about the virtues of democracy and urge errant countries, from Egypt to Pakistan, to embrace it. They argue that “one person, one vote” holds the cure to everything from poverty to terrorism. The unedifying truth is that western democracy became rather flabby and shabby when it was mostly giving things away. Chinese-oriented Asia offers a new model of government that challenges two of the West’s most cherished values: universal suffrage and top-down generosity.’ – Sunday Times (£)

News in brief

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