James Kirkup at the Telegraph is not the only one non-plussed by Ed Balls’ admission that Labour offered to reconsider Trident in return for a coalition that would keep the party in power.
Here’s the video from the election campaign debates where Brown accused Nick Clegg of being a “threat to our security” for considering a review of the system. It’s about a minute in. He adds: “Get real about the danger we face if we have North Korea, Iran and other countries with nuclear weapons and we give up our own.” Read more
Again, a question to which the answer seems to be no. Various talking heads were claiming this morning that the Department of Business – now run by Vince Cable – had somehow been sidelined because it only has one bill among the 21 which have been leaked to the Sunday Telegraph this morning (on broadband infrastucture).
This belies the fact that a bill for the Royal Mail part-privatisation, I’m reliably told, is still in Tuesday’s announcement (which also suggests that the Tel document may not be the final version). Bringing private money into the state postal operator is still a priority, albeit not necessarily one for this summer. Read more
Jim Pickard is the FT's chief political correspondent, having joined the lobby team in January 2008. He has been at the FT since 1999 as a regional correspondent, assistant UK news editor and property correspondent.
Kiran Stacey is an FT political correspondent, having joined the lobby in 2011. He started at the FT as a graduate trainee in 2008, working on desks including UK companies and US equity markets before taking over the FT's Energy Source blog.