Highlights, not verbatim:

This government has been in power too long. His long list includes the Department of Transport initiative that spent more on an efficiency drive than was saved (link), Labour’s manipulation of knife crime statistics and a refusal to express regret over the arrest of Damian Green.

A big choice now exists in British politics; on the economy and society. He lists Tory proposals on the economy. On society we have a plan to repair Britain’s broken society.  The Labour proposal to force single mums with children as young as one is a "rotten apple" in Labour’s welfare reforms.  It is "shameful".  We will work with all MPs in all parties to stop that idea in its tracks.

The right moment for compulsion is when the children of single mothers start to go to school (link).

There is no excuse whatsoever for Gordon Brown delaying talks between the civil service and Conservatives on preparing for an orderly transfer of power.

It would be "outrageous", "classic Gordon Brown Enron accounting" if
the Government acquires the assets of the Post Office and hives off the

Conservatives are not against a fiscal stimulus in principle.
Nations like Germany can afford one. Britain with borrowing equal to 8%
of GDP means we cannot.

Asked by The Sun’s George Pascoe-Watson whether he could guarantee
that all his shadow cabinet would be in place in three months Mr
Cameron joked back that The Editor of The Sun couldn’t guarantee all of
the political lobby would be in place and neither could he do something
similar. The Tory leader then singled out Andrew Lansley, Michael Gove,
Chris Grayling, Dominic Grieve and George Osborne for praise.

The Mirror’s Jason Beattie asks if the fifteen members of the shadow
cabinet with outside interests should be compelled to work full-time as
Her Majesty’s Opposition. DC replies that he’ll judge his frontbenchers
on the quality of their output.

Robin Oakley asks if there are any circumstances that the next Tory
government would join the Euro. "No" replies Cameron and then says
current crisis has hardened case for not joining. Europe, he says,
needs more than one interest rate.

Jean Eaglesham asks why Tories won’t return donations from David
Ross. The question doesn’t arise says Cameron. The donation was made
perfectly properly.

In reply to a question from the Daily Mail he rejects the idea that
the control of interest rates should be restored to the Treasury Mr
Cameron rejects a return to politicisation and notes the Tories believe
in greater independent oversight of fiscal policy too.

David Cameron tells Fraser Nelson that he does not plan to cut
overall levels of public spending but reduce the rate of its growth.

I ask David Cameron what he thought about IDS’ proposals on asylum
seekers. I haven’t read report yet but will post a reply on
ConservativeHome. I look forward to that!

In response to questions from The Times and Independent DC declines
to expand upon which public spending causes will be treated most and
least generously.

Tim Montgomerie

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