Chris Gilson, Danielle Moran and Paul Rainford take a look at the week in political blogging.
Left Foot Forward analyses the costs and consequences of Nadine Dorries’s abortion proposals, as Conservative Home alleges that 92 per cent of MPs would support the measure. Liberal Conspiracy’s Sunny Hundal charts a list of Conservative MPs who disagree with Dorries’s proposals, and The Staggers writes that ‘when in doubt, u-turn’, as Cameron advises MPs to vote against abortion reforms.
The coalition and the parties
Labour Uncut takes a look at YourKen and wonders if this website can swing things Ken Livingstone’s way in the run up to the mayoral election.
James Percival at Liberal Democrat Voice says that the media are only now waking up to the importance of Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats in the coalition. The Coffee House notes that Nick Clegg is at odds with some in his own party over the 50p tax rate and mansions tax.
The Coffee House mulls over Ed Miliband’s alleged new strategy of portraying Cameron as a traditional right winger rather than a liberal moderniser.
Labour List charts some predictions for the upcoming party conference season. The Staggers shows that Labour are teetering on their narrowest lead since January, although all is not well in Conservative HQ either as new Conservative MPs have been the most rebellious, according to research from Ballots & Bullets. Left Foot Forward fears a ‘doomsday’ result for Labour if coalition funding cap plans go ahead.
The FT’s Westminster Blog reports that the issue of boundary reforms is likely to be a nasty one for the coalition, while The Staggers argues that MPs on every side of the political spectrum will find something distasteful in the plans.
Labour Uncut previews Alistair Darling’s autobiography, including his merciless verdict on the bankers who caused the financial crash, while Political Betting ask if Darling’s admissions will hinder Labour’s economic credibility. The Spectator predicts that Darling’s revelations will cause his party trouble come conference season.
Guest blogging at Left Foot Forward, Kaliya Franklin writes that the coalition’s changes to the Disability Living Allowance will further impoverish the disabled.
The economy and banking reform
Duncan Weldon argues that the government have a very confused line on banking reform, and Richard Murphy provides a list of reasons why we don’t need tax havens. Meanwhile, Left Foot Forward highlights the alarming number of holes in Osborne’s tax deal with Switzerland last week.
Cameron should fight the ‘undeserving rich’ who undermine his message that ‘we’re all in this together’, writes The Spectator, while The Staggers argues that the right is gravitating towards property taxes. Conservative Home’s Paul Goodman argues that wealth and land shouldn’t be taxed if it can be helped, as Jon Lansman at Left Futures argues that it is “time to get seriously unrelaxed about the filthy rich.”
The FT’s Westminster Blog discusses Vince Cable’s criticism of the banks while The Spectator warns that Cameron and Osborne face a split with their coalition partners once the Vickers Commission report is released. The Staggers reports that Cable’s warning shot against the postponement of reform must prevail. Will Hutton, writing for The Guardian, calls on the government to stand their ground in their moves towards reform of the banking sector.
Eamonn Butler at the Adam Smith Institute’s blog says that in light of poor growth figures, we should be taking the Austrian economic medicine. Paul Goodman at The Tory Diary writes that we should choose defence cuts over tax rises.
Corman Hollingsworth at Left Foot Forward notes that Ed Miliband’s calls for an emergency G20 meeting to restart the global economy are backed up by the IMF.
Martin Williams at Liberal Conspiracy discusses the rise of Councils using private security firms to monitor open meetings.
Tim Montgomerie at ConservativeHome says that, attractive as it may seem to the centre-right, trimming the UK’s aid budget would do little to solve the UK’s financial problems.
George Eaton at The Staggers looks at comparisons between David Cameron’s membership of the infamous Oxford Bullingdon club and the recent London riots.
Lewis Goodall at The Staggers says that the Dale farm eviction is localism at its ugliest.