Welfare 1) Cameron calls time on Labour’s “benefits merry-go-round”

MANIFESTO money“In a major speech, the Prime Minister will say a ‘culture of complacency’ in our national life has led people to accept a huge number of long-term unemployed. He will signal that, free from the shackles of Coalition government, he will unleash a welfare revolution designed to wean the jobless off a life of state handouts and instil the idea that work pays. The intervention comes as his Chancellor prepares to unveil £12billion of welfare cuts in next month’s Budget, with child tax credits and housing benefit expected to bear the brunt.” – Daily Mail

  • Cameron calls for end to complacency that has “infected our national life” – Daily Telegraph
  • Prime Minister’s warfare against £220m welfare – The Sun (£)
  • Tory leader signals assault on tax credits – Financial Times
  • Prime Minister singles out tax credits for cuts – The Times (£)
  • The 12,000 outside the UK receiving child tax credits – Daily Mail
  • Housing experts warn benefits cap will force families out of the South East – The Independent

Comment and Editorial:

  • Welfare reforms can only benefit Britain – Daily Mail

Welfare 2) Burnham rejects Chancellor’s call for cross-party consensus on cuts

“The Labour leadership frontrunner Andy Burnham has launched a blistering attack on George Osborne’s “disgraceful” approach to cutting £12bn from the welfare budget, warning that he would furiously oppose any attempt to reduce benefits for disabled people or tax credits for those on low incomes. He claimed Osborne was “frightening people” by failing to set out which benefits he would slash, after the chancellor and Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, confirmed they would press ahead with £12bn of cuts.” – The Guardian

  • Osborne’s coup: converting Labour to fiscal conservatism – Matthew d’Ancona, The Guardian

>Yesterday: Mark Field MP in Comment: Our central plan was to rebalance the economy: now is the time to get back to it

Prime Minister pressed for a decision on a new runway…

Camerons thinking copy“Transport experts warned that more aviation capacity was needed to avoid the loss of foreign investment to other European air hubs such as Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt and Madrid. Airports around London will be under “very substantial pressure” within 15 years as demand for air travel starts to outstrip availability, it was claimed. Any delay in creating an additional runway could cost Britain as much as £1.4 billion a year in lost trade and 141,000 jobs, the report said. The conclusions, in research published by the Independent Transport Commission, come only days before a government-appointed panel is expected to make sweeping recommendations on the future of air travel.” – The Times (£)

…as he dismisses claims he threatened to close the BBC

“Conservative Party’s war with the BBC stepped up a notch yesterday after Nick Robinson claimed that David Cameron threatened to “close down” the Corporation. Mr Robinson, the BBC’s political editor, said that Mr Cameron had made the incendiary comments to journalists while travelling on his “battle bus” ahead of the general election. Downing Street yesterday described the claims as “nonsense”. Mr Robinson said he was unsure whether the Prime Minister was making a “joke or a threat” – but claimed it was seen as “yet another bit of pressure” by BBC employees.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Robinson couldn’t tell if remark were a joke, or a threat – The Sun (£)
  • Hall claims licence fee has at least ten years left – Financial Times

EU 1) Business experts set out for Cameron their red lines on Europe

CAMERON EU fence“David Cameron should lead Britain out of the EU if he is unable to secure a veto for the UK over European laws, win back control over employment rules and permanently protect the City from Eurozone regulations, a group of business leaders and economists has said. Unless the Prime Minister can achieve a fundamental change in Britain’s relationship with Brussels, the country’s households and businesses will be better off if the UK ops to leave the EU, the report concludes. The study, entitled Change, or Go, is the most detailed, fact based report produced to date on the UK’s membership of the EU, and the alternatives on offer. It sets out ten major reforms that it suggests Mr Cameron must seek from EU leaders before the in-out referendum he has pledged to hold by the end of 2017.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Ten things Cameron must secure to stay in – Matthew Elliott et al, Daily Telegraph
  • The true costs of EU membership – Matthew Elliott et al, Daily Telegraph


EU 2) Cabinet ministers may quit over vote, warns Fox

“Mr Fox, interviewed on BBC1’s Sunday Politics show, warned that the use of the Tory machine as well as its money to press for an “Out” vote could split the party. And he forecast that several senior ministers would resign if Mr Cameron ordered them to campaign to stay in the EU if he failed to win major concessions. He said: “If the Prime Minister were to insist on Cabinet collective responsibility during a referendum, I’m sure he could get it. I’m just not sure he would have the same Cabinet.” Mr Fox said there were “a number of Cabinet ministers who take a view very similar to my own”.” – The Independent

  • Fox urges Prime Minister to reveal EU demands before party conference – The Times (£)
  • Entrepreneurs and business people set up £20m ‘Out’ fund – Daily Telegraph

EU 3) Boris Johnson: Greek crisis shows the EU’s promised trade-offs are so much hot air

BORIS blue and red“The Greek debacle has immeasurably strengthened David Cameron’s hand in the run-up to the referendum, as Jeremy Warner pointed out on last week. The euro crisis has shattered the myth of euro-irreversibility, and shown the hollowness of the assumption that “shared” sovereignty leads to greater prosperity. It is becoming ever clearer that the opposite case can be made – that economic growth will, in fact, come with devolution of powers back to people and parliaments. The time is approaching when Britain will need to set out its case for reform – and the case for boldness is growing by the day.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Ignore hedgies on helipads, outgoing Mayor advises successor – Financial Times

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Greece can only be liberated from impossible German rules by leaving the Euro

Fallon wants to deploy forces against Mediterranean people traffickers…

“Britain will significantly scale back its efforts to rescue desperate migrants taking boats from Libya to Europe and instead send in elite forces to smash the trafficking gangs. EU ministers are expected to launch the next phase of the mission to stop the migrant crisis following high-level talks on Monday in Luxembourg, it has emerged. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the UK needed to ‘get to grips’ with the problem and build up ‘better intelligence’ on the smuggling gangs making money from the trade.” – Daily Mail

  • Defence Secretary: use foreign aid to deter mass migration – Daily Telegraph

…as Britain comes under pressure to meet NATO spending requirements

NATO“The UK will come under further pressure to commit to support for the military on Monday when Nato publishes its latest league tables of national defence spending. The Nato figures are expected to show that Poland has joined four other of the alliance’s 28 member states — Estonia, Greece, UK and US — that hit its target of spending 2 per cent of gross domestic product. However, the UK government, until now the only large European power to meet the target, has refused to commit to doing so beyond the current year, despite growing domestic and international criticism. The US sees the target as symbolically critical and is pressing Britain not to cut spending.” – Financial Times

  • Fallon welcomes increased US deployment in Europe – Daily Mail

>Yesterday: Video: WATCH: Fallon tells Marr we’re investing £160 billion in new equipment for the Armed Forces

Knife crime rises as May drives down stop and search

“A reduction in stop-and-search checks on teenagers, championed by Theresa May, is contributing to a dramatic rise in stabbings, the country’s most senior police officer has said. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan police commissioner, is considering the increase of targeted stop and search in some areas after youth knife crime in the capital rose by almost a quarter in a year. However, the home secretary made it clear last night that she expected stop and search to fall overall, and warned that she would introduce new laws if it did not.” – The Times (£)

Gove plans freedom of information crackdown

GOVE, Michael blue sky“Michael Gove, the justice secretary, is considering making it more difficult to procure information from government bodies, including allowing officials to count “thinking time” when calculating how much it costs to retrieve information. One plan is to make it easier for ministers to veto publication of certain documents, as they tried unsuccessfully to do with the recent release of letters written by Prince Charles to Labour ministers during the past decade. Another is to change the way the cost of finding information is calculated so that officials can more readily turn down requests.” – Financial Times

Doctors’ union chief claims attacks Hunt over seven-day service drive

“Ministers are misleading the public in their drive for a seven-day GP service, the chief of the doctors’ union will warn today. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt last week announced a ‘new deal’ for family doctors, pledging to boost their numbers by 10 per cent in a bid to deliver an all-week service. But in a speech today Dr Mark Porter, chairman of the British Medical Association, will accuse Mr Hunt of peddling little more than ‘rhetoric and recycled ideas’. Addressing the BMA annual conference in Liverpool, he will say: ‘The Government is trumpeting its “new deal for GPs”. Who are they kidding?’” – Daily Mail

  • Migrant laws may see 7,000 nurses deported by 2020, warns union – Daily Mail

Schools suffering from headteachers’ lack of authority, warn experts

BARRIE CHARACTER EDUCATION“A head teacher recruitment crisis has led to younger teachers being fast-tracked into leadership positions before they have learnt how to instil discipline across the school. Many are doing too little to tackle the low-level disruption that drives teachers from the profession, according to a former superhead who turned around a failing school. Dame Sally Coates, now a director of a chain of academies, said that problems often stemmed from heads ignoring poor behaviour instead of being sticklers for correct uniform and good manners, and setting an example that filtered down through the school. Tom Bennett, a new school behaviour expert, was appointed last week by Nicky Morgan, the education secretary, to draw up guidance to help teachers to deal with persistent disruptive behaviour.” – The Times (£)


Labour leadership: Burnham aims to make Labour the party of home ownership…

“The frontrunner to win the Labour crown delivered another blistering attack on Ed Miliband’s ‘toxic’ legacy, saying that under him the party had appeared to be ‘in favour of holding people back or just giving handouts’. He will this week promise to revive the dream of home ownership for millions of young people by bringing housebuilding levels up to their highest level since World War Two. And he will support new schemes such as ‘rent to own’, under which people who cannot afford a deposit can see some of their rental payment going towards a mortgage.” – Daily Mail

  • ‘Mum told me the mansion tax would fail’, claims candidate – The Times (£)
  • Burnham’s private sector experience: his wife’s failed business – Daily Telegraph

>Today: ToryDiary: Andy Burnham is the Labour leader we should least look forward to

…as MP reveals online abuse received after criticising Corbyn

Miliband Labour Left“A Labour MP has lifted the lid on Lefty trolls who targeted him for criticising terrorist-praising leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn. Mr Corbyn made the shortlist after gaining enough support from Labour MPs just seconds before last week’s nomination deadline. That prompted John Mann to tweet: “So to demonstrate our desire never to win again, Islington’s Jeremy Corbyn is now a Labour leadership candidate.” His critics then took to Twitter to dub him “vermin”, a “w*****” and a “d***”. One user, @RobbieSinclair, said: “Kindly f*** off into the sea you bad p****”. Mr Mann, the MP for Bassetlaw, Notts, said: “These cowards just show that the intolerant Left feel empowered to be abusive to people entering the political debate.” – The Sun (£)

Melanie Phillips: MPs should move out of Westminster for repairs, then move back in

“Those who want to junk the palace are playing to the current mood of political and constitutional nihilism. They want to destroy the structure of parliamentary democracy along with centuries of British history. Westminster has been at the centre of government since King Cnut began building there in the 11th century. The current building, erected after the devastating fire of 1834, has become a symbol of democratic and constitutional aspiration that has inspired freedom-loving people the world over. To abandon it would be an unthinkable act of national repudiation.” – The Times (£)

News in Brief:

  • Watchdog could force energy firms to cut bills – Daily Mail
  • Church and Brand joins thousands in austerity march – The Times (£)
  • EU welcomes 11th hour Greek proposals – Daily Telegraph
  • Athens offered an olive branch on debt extension – The Sun (£)
  • Five things we’ve learned from Saudi Wikileaks documents – The Independent
  • BBC out of touch on migration, says ex-director – Daily Mail

And finally… Gove gives officials grammar tips

WRITER FIGHTER“Michael Gove, the recently appointed lord chancellor, has issued his civil servants with grammatical guidance for preparing his letters and briefing papers. Instructions posted on the department’s intranet tell officials to write “make sure” instead of “ensure” and avoid using the word “impact” as a verb. The Lord Chancellor also bans contractions such as “doesn’t” and disapproves of sentences that begin with “yet” or “however”. The guidelines, entitled Ministerial Correspondence Preferences, seem to be an expansion of an email entitled “10 golden rules” that Mr Gove circulated to staff during his time as education secretary.” – The Times (£)