Leaders join solidarity march in Paris

Screen shot 2015-01-08 at 07.05.40“Up to a million people – including dozens of world leaders – will converge on Paris on Sunday in a show of defiance and unity after terrorist attacks that left 17 people dead last week in the French capital. In what will be one of the most significant and emotional public gatherings in postwar French history, President François Hollande will be joined by David Cameron, Angela Merkel and the Italian prime minister, Matteo Renzi, in an unprecedented solidarity march through the centre of the city” – Observer

  • Gunman’s widow fled to Syria; was pictured with crossbow – Mail on Sunday
  • Terror alert over 150 UK jihadists – Sunday Times (£)
  • SAS called in to guard our streets – Sunday Express
  • Anger as Murdoch says all Muslims should be held responsible for terror attacks – Mail on Sunday
  • Jews thinking of leaving Paris – Independent on Sunday
  • Please don’t take offence: but, non, je ne suis pas Charlie – Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times (£)
  • It is mad to cut security spending while increasing our EU contributions – Bernard Jenkin MP, Mail on Sunday
  • To call the Paris attacks a “war” dignifies pointless slaughter – Janet Daley, Sunday Telegraph
  • David Davies MP calls for scrapping of Human Rights Act – Independent on Sunday



Osborne accuses Labour of plotting a “tax bombshell”…

OSBORNE SWORD“George Osborne has vowed to slash inheritance tax and ruled out a rise in VAT if the Tories win the general election. In an interview with The Sunday Times, the chancellor pledged to set out before May ‘further’ plans to ensure inheritance tax is only ‘paid by the rich’ — and went further than before in saying his spending plans ‘do not involve tax rises, including VAT’. He challenged Labour to come clean about its plans, accusing Ed Miliband and Ed Balls of perpetrating a ‘grand deceit’ against voters by plotting £15bn of tax rises” – Sunday Times (£)

…and says the Tories are now the party for the north

“The MP for Tatton, in Cheshire, is the first chancellor from a northern seat since Denis Healey 40 years ago and Osborne says it has helped to give him a sense of mission. “I put forward this idea of the northern powerhouse…” So does he now see the Tories as the party of the north? “The Conservative party is the party backing the north,” he replies” – Sunday Times (£)

Tebbit: if Cameron ducks debates he will look “frit”

“Voters will conclude that David Cameron is ‘frit’ if he refuses to take part in live television debates with the other party leaders before the general election, Norman Tebbit, the Tory party’s former chairman, has told the Observer…“I think the public will take the view that he is frit. And anyway, the public enjoy these confrontations. It is obviously going to be the most awful election campaign that anyone can remember, so to rob it even of this little bit of show, I think, would not be particularly pleasing to the public” – Observer

  • We demand debates, not chloroform – Adam Bolton, Sunday Times (£)
  • From the start, the Tories have sabotaged these debates – Andrew Rawnsley, Observer
  • Campbell to coach Miliband for the debates – Mail on Sunday
  • Farage’s lack of self-restraint could be his undoing – Iain Martin, Sunday Telegraph


Forsyth: Cameron looks forward to meeting Obama

OBAMA on Iran“It is the kind of publicity that money can’t buy. David Cameron standing shoulder to shoulder with Barack Obama at the White House just months before the General Election. The President and the Prime Minister will dine together on Thursday before holding a press conference the next day…In public, those close to Cameron are being careful not to suggest that Obama is endorsing his re-election. But in private they are cock-a-hoop about the timing of the visit” – James Forsyth, Mail on Sunday

  • Cameron to seek release of Briton held for 13 years in Guantanamo – Mail on Sunday

Cable condemns “brutal” Tory plan to curb strikes

“Coalition Ministers last night descended into open warfare after Tory plans to curb public sector strikes were condemned by Liberal Democrats as a ‘brutal bid to strangle workers’ rights’. Vince Cable, the Lib Dem Business Secretary, blasted the Tory plans to make it harder to call industrial action if it would affect health services, transport, fire or schools” – Mail on Sunday

Cavendish: Abolish the four-hour A&E waiting time target

Camilla Cavendish“Here is my first suggestion to help doctors at the front line: abolish the four-hour waiting time target. While this has been useful in goading hospitals to be more efficient, it is far more demanding than in most other countries and has become a perverse incentive. Abolish the target and triage nurses could get back to prioritising by clinical need, not at the behest of some frantic manager with a clipboard” – Camilla Cavendish, Sunday Times (£)

  • A&E crisis hits planned surgery – Observer
  • Charge a £5 fee for A&E – Rachel Johnson, Mail on Sunday
  • Cancer Drugs Fund condemned as “waste of NHS cash” – Observer


Davis: Publish the Chilcot report

“The current state of affairs is utterly unacceptable. Whatever the holdups and political wranglings that are delaying the publication of the Chilcot inquiry’s report, the time has come to publish or be damned…The greatest concern is that the report is being delayed to cover any embarrassing revelations about our relationship with the United States” – David Davis MP, Sunday Times (£)

  • Angry MPs condemn Chilcot delay – Observer

News in brief

  • Interns pay £300 for job reference – Observer
  • Men swept out to sea at Brighton “after dare” – Sunday Telegraph
  • Power cuts hit gale-battered UK – Observer