We will have one shot at getting the revision of the Planning Framework right. This makes the next eighteen months critical for the Conservatives’ long-term future.
Posts by Alex Morton
Alex Morton: Identity politics is wrong – and bad for Tories, too. So if May is staking a revival on it, her difficulties will deepen.
The idea that all groups should have the same outcomes is just an update of the old socialist idea of equality of outcome – ignoring the choices that individuals make.
Alex Morton: Of course it’s hard to escape a would-be superstate. The very difficulty demonstrates why we’re leaving.
May should make a virtue of the complexity.
We have allowed our enemies to infiltrate almost every power centre that matters and delegitimise our very existence.
Individually, migrants can come to embody these values better than many on the Left who were born here. But the evidence suggests that this takes time.
Alex Morton: Cycling is over-hyped, motorists are under-supported. This Government should be on their side.
May should have cut fuel duty pre-election – and longer term, we will need to switch to taxing congestion.
Alex Morton: We cannot be neutral in Islam’s internal struggle. Here are three ways in which the Prime Minister should act.
When I worked in Number Ten, the people who grasped most clearly this ideology’s threat were my Muslim co-workers.
She cannot be a stationary establishment figure when faced with the restless mood of the voting public. She must move forwards – or we risk a 1997-style wipeout.
Placing every single decision in the hands of a tiny group is not a viable long-term strategy, but a recipe for total (nervous) breakdown.
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.
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.