Week of Sept 5 – Sept 11

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Looking at the news out of London each day.


9/11: Americans join hands at Ground Zero to mark anniversary

Americans have begun marking the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania with solemn reflection, emotion – and hope for the future.

Wind farms: the monuments to lunacy that will be left to blot the landscape

These pointless monstrosities will continue to proliferate until the Government sees sense.


Ministers accused of ‘hypocrisy’ over relaxation of planning regulations

George Osborne and Eric Pickles are pushing for planning changes but oppose developments in their own constituencies

Free school opponents ‘defending failure’, says David Cameron

In speech hailing new generation of free schools, prime minister pledges to raise standards and raises prospect of eliminating illiteracy

America’s inhumane approach to labour problems will finish Obama

The ‘big beasts’ of the US and Britain think small about the problems of labour. If only they’d learn from northern Europe

UKIP conference: Farage accuses PM of ‘EU deception’

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage has accused David Cameron of a “mass deception” over European policy.

David Cameron: parents of truants face benefit cuts

Parents of children who regularly truant face having their benefits cut, David Cameron has warned, as he opened the first wave of the Government’s free schools.


Riots sentencing: judges are guided by principles, not moral panic

The judiciary is not overreacting to unprecedented events – it is working on the basis of decades-old guidance

Alistair Darling: ‘You can’t just tell half the story and still be credible’

With the publication of his new memoir, the former chancellor talks about Gordon Brown, economic meltdown and the time he was locked out of the White House


Chancellor George Osborne: UK ‘ahead of the curve’ in reducing deficit

George Osborne launched a spirited defence of the Government’s austerity plans   on Tuesday night, insisting they were Britain’s only chance of sustainable   recovery despite a worsening short-term outlook.

Cameron aide sparks fears of Coalition split over employment law

Searing tensions exploded in the Coalition today as one of David Cameron’s closest aides was branded a “renegade” for plotting to undermine policies agreed by Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable.

David Cameron tells MPs not to use phone hacking as an excuse

Prime minister says scandal should not be reason to exact revenge on media for coverage of expenses crisis


New planning laws already in force

Planners have been told to start approving developments on the basis of the   Coalition’s controversial new planning guidelines, despite ministers   offering to reword the legislation before it comes into force.

Kenneth Clarke blames English riots on a ‘broken penal system’

The justice secretary, writing in the Guardian, says there is an urgent need to stop reoffending among a ‘feral underclass’

David Cameron moves to water down new EU job laws

David Cameron may overrule Vince Cable by diluting controversial new EU employment laws to be introduced next month.

Ken Clarke: ‘court cameras are a good idea’

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke says that he believes cameras in courts will help   demystify the legal process.


Nick Clegg calls on parents to take responsibility

Parents need to do more to help teachers rather than expect them to be   “surrogate mothers and fathers”, Nick Clegg will say today.

How Tony Blair was taken into the Murdoch family fold

Wendi Deng reveals link in a magazine interview where she describes the ex-PM as one of her husband’s ‘closest friends’

Reform plans ‘could be end of NHS’

Health reforms could spell the end of the NHS if nobody takes charge of running it, a leading businessman has warned.

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