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Eric Pickles: Tear down estates to boost poor inner-city homes — A Big Bang approach will see old estates torn down and more families housed in new apartment blocks, making the heart of the capital more densely populated than it has been for decades. "Past experience tells us that mere tinkering won't work. We need to be more ambitious," Communities Secretary Eric Pickles told the Evening Standard.
RT @JoeMurphyLondon: Eric Pickles's plan to increase density of homes in inner London. Estaes razed, 5-storey blocks to replace.…
Eric Pickles's plan to increase density of homes in inner London. Estaes razed, 5-storey blocks to replace.…
Eric Pickles: Tear down estates to boost poor inner-city homes… What, like this total failure?

Labour to attack Boris Johnson 'the part-time Mayor' if he stands as MP in 2015 — Senior party sources say Ed Miliband is backing the attack, which would be spearheaded by shadow London minister Sadiq Khan. It follows fresh evidence that Mr Johnson intends to become an MP in 2015, a full year before his term ends at City Hall.
RT @JoeMurphyLondon: Labour is planning a big attack on "part-timer" Boris if he stands in 2015…
Labour's plan of attack if Boris Johnson decides to run as an MP in 2015 @JoeMurphyLondon

Business Connections — Should toddlers be taught coding? That's the question Juan Lobato, chief executive of web firm BaseKit ponders on Business Connections this week....

Swipe your smartphone to pay for the Tube 'by the end of the year' — Swiping a mobile device - with a payment app downloaded on to it - will open ticket barriers at stations across the network. Mobile phone networks and credit card firms are developing the apps as part of the move towards contactless payment for public transport.
Swipe your smartphone to pay for the Tube 'by the end of the year' - Transport -Evening Standard… via @standardnews

Liverpool beware, dogged Chelsea have plenty of bite left in them — By the time his post-match briefing had finished in the Vicente Calderon Stadium, the Portuguese was spinning the line that only owner Roman Abramovich or the board could intervene in his prioritisation of European glory.
It will be difficult for #cfc at Anfield but all is not lost as Mourinho would have us believe. Via @standardsport:…

Tony Blair: Situation in Syria is an 'unmitigated disaster' — The former Prime Minister branded the situation in Syria an "unmitigated disaster" and insisted the West should intervene in such conflicts. "We are now in a position where both Assad staying and the Opposition taking over seem bad options," he said in a speech at Bloomberg HQ in central London.

Simon Jenkins: Only a new tax will prevent this being a ghost town — I live in the only place in southern England with a declining population. It is Ghost Town, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. When I moved there some time ago I suggested that the council do something about the lack of residents' parking, in other words perhaps increase the number of spaces.
'This part of London is like Hamelin after the piper left' Simon Jenkins writes - wonderful…
Missed this while abroad: Simon Jenkins wrote this rocket, on empty homes (after my 'Ghost town of the super-rich')…

Top Gear producer's 'regret' at Jeremy Clarkson's 'slope' remark in Burma special — Andy Wilman said the use of the word "slope", which can be a derogatory term for those of Asian descent, was potentially "offensive". Clarkson, 54, renowned for getting himself in hot water for his controversial remarks, was heard using the term in the final episode of the last series during a conversation with co-host Richard Hammond about an Asian man walking along a bridge in Burma.
Finally...Top Gear admit racist "slope" remark was deliberate (they claimed not to understand the fuss at first).…

City Spy: Flashback fashion goes up for grabs, Tesco tipster spot on with Moyes and Kate Swann and her old mentor reunited — Tesco stores director Mark Winter proved on the money in predicting David Moyes' sacking as Manchester United manager and the appointment of Ryan Giggs, pictured below, as his short-term replacement before US stock markets opened. Winter made the call on Twitter, citing sources close to the Old Trafford club long before Moyes' departure was confirmed.
Flashback fashion goes up for grabs - read all about plans for the latest @designerjumble sale here - @westfieldstrat

Mother, 42, arrested as three disabled children are found dead at home in New Malden — The children - two twin boys aged three and a four year-old girl - were found dead at their £1.2 million home in the affluent suburb of New Malden. Their parents were named locally Gary and Tania Clarence, who also have an elder healthy daughter.
Investec banker's wife arrested after three children found dead at home in New Malden…

Chanel wins over council with plans for Grade-II listed building in heart of Mayfair — Chanel was granted planning consent last week to more than double the size of its store at 173 New Bond Street despite concerns from English Heritage and, initially, Westminster council.

Ready, set, work: have you joined the super-working classes? — Have you joined the super- working classes - those alpha-hours Stakhanovites whose idea of the ordinary office day is a 12-hour slog, with the iPad always charged to ensure that a couple of emails can be polished off in bed and resumed over the 6.30am breakfast?

Matthew d'Ancona: A warm-up gig for the big Dave and George Show — If you look at the way No 10 and No 11 are arranged," David Cameron often observes in private, "it is almost set up for disagreement." The long list of prime ministers who have fallen out with their chancellors certainly supports his thesis.
My @ESComment column: this was a warm-up gig for the Dave and George election show