If she tries to work through populist edicts and diktats, she will fail. And if the Right argues that a few tax cuts for the richest will solve our problems, this will be no better.
Posts by Alex Morton
Gaining Midlands and Northern seats while losing some Southern Remain-voting bastions to the would be a worthwhile bargain.
Alex Morton: Will this election deliver the Joe Chamberlain-style conservatism that May really wants?
In her belief in “the good that government can do”, she is quite unique in terms of UK political post-war history.
Alex Morton: Pro-immigration. Anti-Small Business. Pro-EU. And anti-Tory. The irresistible rise of the New Professional Class
The core of their beliefs is that elite expertise is preferred and believed superior to messier concepts such as the market or democracy.
Politics requires both action and explanation.
Only a constitutional referendum lock, safeguarded by the Queen, can protect us from the left-wing coalition that could take power in 2020.
Alex Morton: Here’s a radical but workable plan for the Budget. Trade off simplified tax reliefs for lower marginal rates.
He could commit to some tangible metrics – i.e: reducing the tax code in length by 25 per cent by 2019, or pledging to abolish three taxes in each budget.
Much of it is excellent and a skeleton for delivery, but it will need work to put flesh on the bones.
The vast majority of people are neither Not-In-My-Backyarders nor Yes-In-My-Backyarders but Maybe-In-My-Backyarders.
Alex Morton: May needs an election soon and a big win, which pledging an English Parliament can deliver her
The Labour Party created an asymmetrical and unfair constitutional settlement. Brexit will exacerbate it.
In large part, it has taken the post-truth idea up because of its own electoral weakness – and the feeling that it may not be just temporary.
Alex Morton: Effective government comes first, delivering Brexit second – not the other way round. Here’s proof of why.
The tale of the Troubled Families programme helps to prove that if the state doesn’t work properly, we won’t gain from leaving the EU.
Alex Morton: Our immigration system should be based on permits and have a cultural compatibility test
To defeat populists on the right, liberal conservatives must show that immigration, like globalisation, benefits this country and its people,
Louis Smith’s mockery of Islam was neither clever nor funny. But his suspension for it is outrageous.
The state is indirectly attacking an individual who has received death threats rather than take action against those threatening him.
Alex Morton: May should call an general election next spring. Britain’s economic position demands it.
She needs the larger majority that a poll would deliver if she is to achieve her programme at a time of pre-Brexit turbulence.