Further reading

Britain’s austerity apostles charge towards the abyss — Skidelsky/FT
OFT and Competition Commission reforged in quango bonfire — FT
Flagship bank lending scheme helps just 150 businesses — FT
Ed Miliband moves towards 1:1 ratio on tax to cuts — Mehdi Hasan
Maude flinches in face of pro-quango lobbying – The Independent
A festival of austerity and Euroscepticism in the Commons — Tim Montgomerie
To the barricades: the revolution is upon us — Jon Snow
New Treasury raid on pensions – Telegraph
Inquiry into Network Rail moves closer – FT

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Pre-budget report to be ditched – FT
CBI warns over university cuts – FT
Pickles and Cable calm business fears over RDA replacements – FT
A Heathite lurks behind the Big Society – Tristram Hunt, FT
Met could reopen phone hacking case – The Independent/PA
Yates: Met will look at fresh phone-hacking evidence – Guardian
Gove wants baccalaureate for England – Guardian
Gulf widens in leadership battle between Milibands – The Times (£)
Lib Dems ‘biggest losers in boundary dispute’ – The TImes (£)
Dannatt fury at MoD – The Telegraph

Split Afghanistan and give the South to the Taliban — Robert Blackwill/FT
Cameron bangs trade drum as Simon Fraser appointed to FCO — FT
Bank predicts higher inflation and lower growth — Independent
Chill wind hits the Miliband household — Times
Ed Miliband will never leave the party behind — Phil Collins/Times
Swedish schools: expensive, divisive, but better results — The Guardian
Obama must envy Cameron’s grip on power — Garton Ash/Guardian
Ken Clarke prison reforms were inspired by Churchill – Independent

Fox loses ground to the Treasury over Trident — FT
Keep the deterrent secret and cheap — Gideon Rachman/FT
Cameron puts special relationship on less emotional footing — FT
Whitehall efficiency savings? Reliably dubious or detrimental — FT
Clegg’s boundary reforms will disenfranchise the poor — Tristam Hunt
Cameron plots route out of Afghanistan — Rachel Sylvester/Times
Whatever happened to Cam Force One? — The Sun
The sudden lull in newspaper polling — Political Betting

Hague vows to save his ambassadors from the Treasury axe — FT
Unemployment at 2.5m even after five years of 2.5% growth — FT
It is OK for the Bank of England to fiddle forecasts — Money Supply
Blair branded Brown “mad, bad, dangerous” — Mandelson
But don’t believe it; Mandelson remembers nothing — Finkelstein
And he didn’t even bother to check Campbell’s diary — Alastair Campbell
Gove needs to start using the cattle prod on officials — Guardian
Smash the twitter police and let the MPs drink — Guardian

Treasury hold ring in fight to save capital projects — George Parker
The schools, hospitals and roads facing the axe — FT
Hold the confetti – the marriage tax break is flawed — FT
Tory backbenchers plot to smash the NHS ringfence — Andrew Grice
Clegg convinces Cameron to appoint judge to head torture inquiry — Guardian
Dear Mr Taxman, I’d like to swap my peerage for a tax cut — Andy McSmith
Why a fireman’s pension is worth 70 per cent of his salary — Stephanie Flanders
Did Maude flinch on regional pay? — Paul Waugh