Not the briskest of news days today, but there is enough there to get you through breakfast.
The Observer reports on an interesting report from the IMF which says that flat taxes have failed in the countries that have introduced them, and will probably be abandoned. Bit of a kick in the teeth for all those Tories who have been pushing this idea for Britain.
The Tories have clearly been rattled by Jack Straw’s attempt to outflank them on the hard-right, so have rolled out David Davis to try and claw some land back. The Telegraph reports that Davis will accuse Muslims of creating “apartheid” in Britain.
In the same article, David Blunkett (£400,000 richer from slagging off the party that gave him everything) says that politicians, “should not go out of our way to avoid saying things that we want to say because we might actually cause a rumpus”. He is right of course. But they should avoid saying things that are utter bollocks.
The Times has an interesting story on Lord Wedderburn. A member of the Party since 1946, and a Labour peer for 30 years, Wedderburn has resigned the whip in the Lords over cash-for-honours and the general direction of the government. It is hardly earth-shattering stuff, but it is another sign that Blair’s authority – and time in office – is almost done.
Talking of corruption, the Telegraph thinks it knows where the cash for honours investigation is going – a “senior source” has told the paper that Labour officials could be charged under the Theft Act for false accounting.
The Sunday Mirror carries a story on a new IPPR report which calls for the chemical castration of sex criminals. It’s a tough policy, so the IPPR have softened it by saying that a Scandinavian country already does it. If the Nordics do it, it can’t be too bad.
Scotland on Sunday report rumours of a truce between Brown and Reid, with Reid backing Brown for the leadership in exchange for Reid keeping senior office. Only a few days behind the internet there, then.
As per usual, there isn’t anything worth reading in the Independent.