Tory Party Conference
The Tories’ conference kicked off in Manchester on Sunday with William Hague claiming that the formation of the Coalition has been vindicated, while Andrew Rawnsley finds the Foreign Secretary firm on the UK’s place within the EU, disappointing the party’s hard right.
Left Foot Forward chronicles Theresa May’s immigration blunder while The Staggers reports on the Conservative split on human rights. Liberal Conspiracy also points out the discord between Lynne Featherstone and Theresa May, with the former attacking people who cynically, lazily or ignorantly quote the Human Rights Act.
The Prime Minister promised 200,000 new homes and 400,000 jobs will be created, writes the FT’s Westminster Blog. Touchstone questions whether the Coalition will follow through on the government’s commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of GDP on overseas aid,
The Coffee House is underwhelmed by David Cameron’s flat conference speech, echoing The Staggers’s faint praise for his ‘distinctivly average’ performance. Ballots and Bullets offers evidence showing that the party conferences will have little impact on voter stalemate.
Boris Johnson manages to charm Conservative Home, but LabourList ponders how the party can solve their ‘Boris problem’ and Left Foot Forward looks past the sparkle to what Boris’s policies have meant for Londoners.
The Tory Diary notes George Osborne’s call for another round of quantitative easing, but The Adam Smith Institute believes that this is just delaying the inevitable. Richard Murphy fears that this is another policy by the bankers for the benefit of the bankers. Labour List reminds the Chancellor of comments he made in 2009 depicting quantitative easing as the ‘last resort of desperate governments’, and Faisal Islam believes this is not Plan B, but Plan BoE.
Robert Peston suggests that Friday’s downgrade of 12 UK banks could be a good thing if it signifies a genuine transfer of risk from taxpayers to the banks’ creditors. Richard Murphy is much less optimistic.
Stewart Lansley at Left Foot Forward suggests pre-1980s managed capitalism had a better economic record than the neo-liberalism promoted by successive governments since Thatcher.
Labour shadow cabinet reshuffle
Labour List provides details of Labour’s shadow cabinet reshuffle, and Mark Ferguson gives his verdict, while The Staggers shows how Chukka Umunna and Rachel Reeves are leading the charge of Labour’s newbies. The FT’s Westminster Blog suggests that Ed Miliband has shown a strange mix of boldness and caution with his choices.
Politicalbetting.com discusses Labour’s poll slide down into the 30s, and wonders why they aren’t doing better, but The Staggers believes that it was Miliband, and not Cameron, who set the agenda this conference season.
Labour List attacks the warped logic of attacks on minimum wage legislation.
Left Foot Forward points to a second opportunity to kill the NHS bill in the House of Lords.
Liberal Democrat Voice argues that Michael Gove’s view of history in schools is whiggish, patriotic and wrong.