G20, the Eurozone and Britain in the EU
Larry Elliott at the Guardian’s Business Blog argues that policy makers have lost control of the Eurozone crisis, and that could mean a recession worse than 2008/09 (although The Staggers shows that a recession in the UK is a likelihood even if the EU solves its problems). Rafael Behr warns Cameron that there will be no middle ground when it comes to deciding whether to bail out the euro amid suggestions that the IMF could ride to the rescue.
The Coffee House notes that the fate of the euro has sparked a ‘vigorous’ cabinet row between Chris Huhne and Michael Gove, while The Economist’s Bagehot warns Britain’s eurosceptics that Commonwealth nostalgia is a dead-end, and suggests that the UK is sorely testing its EU allies.
Growth, cuts and strikes
Paul Waugh comments on the Treasury’s ‘big strategic decision’ to take on the unions over public sector pensions, and Labour List chronicles Unison’s decision later on in the week to back strike action. Chris Paterson at Liberal Democrat Voice argues that the coalition’s decision to slash early years spending contradicts their stated aim to improve social mobility, and The Coffee House reviews a debate on whether Britain should cut its aid budget.
Left Foot Forward argues that the foot-dragging and half measures of the Regional Growth Funds are severely damaging local economies and provides graphical evidence of the terrible impact of the spending cuts on growth.
OccupyLSX, protest and poppies
Liberal Conspiracy calls for the Occupy protestors to make their demands clearer while Left Foot Forward asks why George Osborne has allied himself to the 1 per cent. Political Scrapbook lists the City donors who financially support St Paul’s.
Left Foot Forward suggests that the privatization of public space is harming our ability to protest and Sunny Hundal at Liberal Conspracy outlines why Labour doesn’t, and shouldn’t have to, endorse the Occupy movement , although the public is more supportive of the protest than the media wants us to believe.
Donal Blaney at Dale & Co. argues that Islamists should be free to burn poppies, reminding us that the right to offend is what many died to protect.
Politicalbetting.com discusses recent polling that shows Labour voters to prefer a continued stint in opposition should there be a hung parliament at the next election. Hopi Sen provides a surprising paean to conservatism from the perspective of one on the Left.
Thetorydiary argues that we have entered the era of the ‘supercharged tory backbencher’ and gives 10 reasons why its here to stay. The FT’s Westminster Blog shows how Cameron was forced to take a left turn at this week’s PMQs and Marcus Roberts at Labour List thinks that this week’s edition set the tone for British politics until the next election. Politicalbetting.com wonders if the Tories are perhaps underestimating Miliband as an election opponent.
Both Left Foot Forward and The Staggers take aim at those who argues that Britain is full up, showing that there is much that the anti-immigration lobby isn’t telling you. Indeed, The Staggers expresses exasperation at the government’s attack on university access for foreign students, warning that it is a grave mistake that threatens Britain’s international competitiveness. Thetorydiary argues that the ability to control the UK’s borders should be at the top of the list of powers we seek to repatriate from the EU.
As the world’s seven billionth person was born this week, the Guardian’s environment blog takes a look at the impact this will have on our natural resources.
With the Commonwealth introducing fairer succession rules for first-born royals Left Futures wonders about equality for everyone else.