Caron’s Sunday Selection: Must-read articles from the Sunday papers

sundaypapsA bit later today, but here’s my pick of the best of the Sunday papers.

First up, in the Sunday Times (£), we have a story on Osborne’s plan to cut taxes for rich dead people (shelved from 2010 when Nick Clegg ensured that taxes were cut for low and middle income earners instead) while also cutting public spending for those people who rely on public services.  Their priorities are clear, I guess.

In the same paper, an article looks at the likelihood of terrorist attacks in this country and moves afoot to prevent them. It highlights differences of opinion between Nick Clegg, who has put his foot down on increased surveillance powers and Ming Campbell who sits on the Intelligence and Security Committee.

That will put May and Cameron on a collision course with Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister, who has previously blocked plans for what the Liberal Democrats call a “snoopers’ charter”.

The home secretary and the security services want to force internet service providers to retain data which could be used to identify individual users at a specific moment, since terrorists often flit between different identities on different social media sites.

A source close to Clegg said: “There is simply not going to be a resurrection of the snoopers’ charter under this government.”

But pressure to boost the powers will intensify next month when parliament’s intelligence and security committee releases a “very robust” report calling on MPs to give the security services the powers they need. “It will call on the next government to act with urgency,” a source familiar with the conclusions said.

Significantly, the report has been signed by Sir Menzies Campbell, the former Lib Dem leader who sits on the security committee.

All the papers have some harrowing accounts of the events in Paris. I was particularly moved by Tom Peterkin’s timeline of the shooting. It is pretty upsetting reading about that sort of brutality, but we have to remember that people face that sort of thing across the world every day.  I think I found most chilling that they threatened one of the Charlie Hebdo’s graphic designers who had her little child with her. She’d just picked the wee one up from nursery.

It’s a challenging time to be a liberal and we must make sure that the arguments against illiberal measures are put effectively.

Andrew Rawnsley reckons there’s no chance of leaders’ debates now and blames the self-interest of the Tories. For what it’s worth, I think we need to include the Greens and not just because we need to take away David Cameron’s excuses.

Say you’ll defy a hypothetical whip to vote against the Bedroom Tax and you’re out, burn a copy of the Smith Commission report and even though the SNP suspend you, you still get to stay on their list of approved candidates, says Scotland on Sunday. Interesting.

This isn’t today’s, but on Friday, Everyday Sexism’s Laura Bates challenged some of the assertions made by the #itaintrape meme on Twitter. Actually, it is and from this study which reports nearly a third of male university students would rape a woman if they thought they could get away with it, more needs to be done to tackle rape culture..





* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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One Comment

  • Eddie Sammon 11th Jan '15 - 8:23pm

    There’s no future in the UK for an economic or social libertarian party. Time to get sensible and probably listen to Ming.

    When it comes to the last paragraph. You are conducting selective reporting of the report, which also says it was a “A very small study”. Of course it is serious, but why only report on the worst parts of the report?

    Goodwill reduces when people have to deal with others trying to smear whole sections of society. I won’t be responding to anyone who replies to this comment, because I’ve got better things to do.

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