Cameron fears insular communities leave young Muslims vulnerable

Cameron1“Young Muslims may be turning to terrorism because they grow up in insular communities and have no ‘allegiance’ to Britain, David Cameron warns today. The Prime Minister says some young people are vulnerable to swallowing ‘poisonous’ Islamist propaganda because they ‘don’t really identify with Britain – and feel little or no attachment to other people here.’ In a hard hitting speech, he will highlight the ‘failures of integration’ in parts of the country and describe the battle against Islamist extremism at home as the ‘struggle of our generation’.” – Daily Mail

  • Prime Minister’s crackdown on ‘anti-British’ Muslims – The Times (£)
  • ‘Join us’, calls Cameron – The Sun (£)
  • Premier opens economic front against home-grown jihadis – Financial Times
  • Extremist ideology is ‘struggle of our generation’ – The Guardian
  • Ex-Army chief claims ground forces will be necessary to defeat ISIS – Daily Mail
  • Lewis warns Cameron to stop making up Syria policy ‘on the hoof’ – The Times (£)


  • We can’t bomb our way to peace in Syria – Daily Mail

>Today: ToryDiary: Countering extremism. Cameron’s “struggle of a generation”.

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Bombing ISIS in Syria. Cameron must take his party with him, and not rely on support from Labour

Pay rise for MPs provides £50,000 pension boost

Altogether, backbench MPs who do not receive a ministerial salary will receive some £90,000 each a year once pay and pensions are totalled, Mr Ralfe said. Writing in the FT, he said: ‘Like all final salary schemes, an MP’s pension is calculated as a percentage of their salary when they leave the Commons. ‘Prime Minister David Cameron, for example, who was elected in 2001, has earned an inflation-proofed MPs’ pension of £23,500 a year, based on his current salary (he also has a separate pension as a minister), so a 10 per cent pay rise increases it by £2,350.” – Daily Mail


  • The Prime Minister is wrong about the gender ‘pay gap’ – Melanie Phillips, The Times (£)
  • Why won’t Cameron ennoble Ann Widdecombe? – Andrew Pierce, Daily Mail

Boris fails to win friends and influence after Parliamentary re-entry

boris-johnson“Boris Johnson is failing to make an impression in high-level meetings at No 10 and has neglected to build allies among the new intake of Tory MPs, according to sources. The London mayor’s report card at the end of the first parliamentary term, which finishes tomorrow, is less stellar than some of his supporters had hoped. His contributions to David Cameron’s fortnightly political cabinet meetings, which exclude civil servants and discuss only Tory issues, have failed to leave a mark on other senior ministers. One secretary of state told The Times: “He turns up with his cycle helmet on, and often gives the impression he hasn’t read the briefing… He needs to step up.”” – The Times (£)


  • The Queen was wise to mock Hitler – Boris Johnson, Daily Telegraph
  • ‘Out’ campaign could be Mayor’s finest hour – Trevor Kavanagh, The Sun (£)
  • Could London’s next Mayor really be another Old Etonian? – Matthew d’Ancona, The Guardian

Isabel Hardman: Pull your socks up, Boris

“But one MP doesn’t seem to have had the best term, even though he was expected to be the life and soul of the party. Boris Johnson seems to be finishing his first few weeks back in parliament looking rather out of sorts. He seems a little like the supremely popular sixth former surprised his new university peers just aren’t that bothered by him… The mayor looks lonely in parliament. His freshers’ term doesn’t seem to have accrued him a gaggle of excited new fans. Very few colleagues bothered to support him on water cannon in the chamber, leaving a jubilant Yvette Cooper and Alex Salmond to rub in May’s rejection.” – The Times (£)

Cabinet fears over battle with the BBC

BBC“Senior Conservatives want attacks on the BBC to be toned down or risk alienating voters who see their favourite shows under threat. Ministers including Chancellor George Osborne and Culture Secretary John Whittingdale have led criticism of the Corporation’s ambitions and output ahead of talks over the BBC charter. But MailOnline understands that behind closed doors there are fears the move could backfire, because ‘people like the telly more than the Tories’… Mr Whittingdale said the BBC had grown too big and had lost its ‘distinctive’ edge in its drive to compete with commercial rivals like Sky and ITV.” – Daily Mail

  • Whittingdale suggests BBC could be part-funded by subscriptions – The Guardian
  • We’ll force FIFA to change – Jesse Norman and Damian Collins, Daily Telegraph

Chancellor calls on ‘moderate’ Labour to back his welfare reforms

“George Osborne, the Chancellor, has called on what he described as “moderate” Labour MPs to defy their party’s leadership and vote in favour of the Government’s welfare reforms. Playing mischief following a week of civil war within the Party over benefits, Mr Osborne said most voters, including those who backed Labour, believed Britain spent too much on welfare. Last week, Harriet Harman, the interim Labour Leader, was forced into an embarrassing about-turn after announcing support for the Chancellor’s plan to cap benefits and limit payment of child tax credits to two children.” – Daily Telegraph

George Osborne: Calling all progressives – help us reform welfare

OSBORNE Horatius“On Monday night the Commons will vote on the welfare reforms I set out at the budget. These reforms are a central part of a new contract for Britain between business, the public and the state to create the higher wage, lower welfare, lower tax economy our country needs to see. We are saying to working people: our new national living wage will ensure you get a decent day’s pay, but there are going to be fewer taxpayer-funded benefits. We’re saying to businesses: we’ll cut your taxes, but in return you must pay higher wages and train our young people for the challenges of their generation. And to the country, we’re saying: we will spend less, but we’ll finally live within our means and deliver economic security. I believe this settlement represents the new centre of British politics, and appeal to progressive MPs on all sides to support us.” – The Guardian

>Today: The Deep End: In defence of small-state interventionism

Labour leadership 1) Corbyn goes all in to win as rivals shy away from Shadow Cabinet offers

“Leftwinger Jeremy Corbyn entered the Labour leadership contest to ‘widen the debate’ but a surge in support has led to claims he could actually win the contest to replace Ed Miliband. Today he suffered the indignity of his rivals refusing to offer him a frontbench job if they emerge victorious in September… The Labour party has been stunned by the momentum Mr Corbyn’s campaign has built in recent weeks, as he brand of anti-austerity rhetoric and seventies socialism struck a chord with left-leaning members of the Labour party. Panicked Labour MPs are even said to plotting how to oust Mr Corbyn if he beats Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall to secure a surprise win.” – Daily Mail

  • Burnham ‘only joking’ about appointing left-winger… – The Times (£)
  • …but would serve in a Corbyn cabinet – The Independent
  • Favourite tilts left at leadership debate – Daily Mail
  • As rivals go abroad, Corbyn takes ‘staycation’ to plot leadership bid – The Times (£)
  • Cooper warns that Labour should not return to the Eighties – The Sun (£)
  • Kendall hits out at Daily Mail over weight question – The Guardian


  • Comrade Corbyn’s biggest problem? He never smiles – Dominic Lawson, Daily Mail
  • Left-winger isn’t fit for leadership or the Shadow Cabinet – Oliver Kamm, The Times (£)
  • Corbyn offers the Blair ingredient the Blairites have forgotten: optimism – Zoe Williams, The Guardian


Labour leadership 2) Jarvis warns party is fighting for relevance

Dan Jarvis“On Labour’s recent performance, he is scathing. “We have been an extremely well-meaning but largely amateur operation in recent times, against a ruthless Tory machine, largely run by [George] Osborne, who will probably be our next PM and our opponent in 2020. We need to professionalise every aspect of our being. And we should be under no illusion that, if we don’t, we are in for a battle for our continued relevance.” And perhaps for the party’s very existence? “Absolutely. There is no rule in politics that says there needs to be a healthy, functioning Labour Party.”” – Daily Telegraph

SNP’s £600k PR campaign for new MPs

“Each MP is to hand over a proportion of their staffing budget to pay for the initiative, which will include PR opportunities designed to woo voters. The move will protect any underperforming MPs and will raise concerns among constituents over ‘identikit’ politicians. Policy briefings will be provided for the 56 MPs to ensure they appear knowledgeable during Commons debates. They will be given draft articles to publish in their name in local newspapers and offered support if they appear on TV. There will be standard responses to emails written for them, which they will be able to send out to campaign groups.” – Daily Mail


  • Sturgeon is here for the long term, so isn’t it time for some real policies? – Chris Deerin, Daily Mail

News in Brief:

  • Parents should be hit by bigger fines for term time holidays, claim chief inspector – Daily Mail
  • NHS bill set to rise by £70 billion – The Sun (£)
  • Merkel to lessen pain of debt for Greece – The Times (£)
  • Syriza reshuffle hints at an autumn election – Financial Times
  • Could Australia become the next Greece? – Daily Telegraph
  • UK aid paid for circus classes in Tanzania – The Sun (£)
  • Pressure mounts on royals to open archive – The Guardian
  • IKEA the first retailer to promise the ‘living wage’ – The Independent
  • Campaigners claim Freedom of Information review is biased – Daily Mail