But some, perhaps many, Tory MPs have these tendencies – including one no less senior than the Prime Minister herself.
Posts by Alex Morton
Lower interest rates and monetary manipulation have been presented as the solution to our economic woes. But increasingly they create them.
The Treasury should be saved from itself by bringing the Party Chairman in to scrutinise the Autumn Budget before it is finalised.
Alex Morton: This new planning framework actually cuts the Government’s housing target. It takes us back – not forwards.
No wonder cynicism is corroding the fabric of our democracy when an announcement briefed to the press has no relationship to the policies unveiled.
Alex Morton: It’s time to turn the Department for International Development into a Department for Humanitarian Relief
At a time when austerity continues, we need to be explain that we are not wasting taxpayers’ money on a grand delusion that we can create prosperity.
We are likely to get a deal with something for everyone – a ‘softish’ Brexit with May-style immigration controls. But the longer-term offers great opportunities.
Alex Morton: Gove’s energy is admirable. But his new green approach seems to hold that government is good and people are bad.
The short-term plaudits of the Left and the Greens come at a long-term cost – to the Party, and to the environment too.
Alex Morton: Why the Tory tendency to bash our friends and back our enemies – for example, over student immigration numbers?
The Conservatives need to support genuine allies – such as savers, home owners, small businesses, and the armed forces.
DExEU must continue after March next year to prevent the EU from using constructive ambiguity to implement regulatory absorption.
Alex Morton: A terrifying possibility for Britain. We are turning Japanese – and entering an era of permanent stagnation.
It is entirely possible that the slide can only be arrested by change as radical now as the rise of monetarism and supply side economics were during the 1970s.
Her needs to deliver bold measures, but also show that he can read the politics and mood of the party and country.
The Government needs to announce a hit list of five to ten councils where they will intervene where the gap between delivery and target is greatest.
People want a new settlement, not establishment politics.
Simply banging on about the socialist 1970s will not cut it. We need our own vision. Focus on shared ownership as the model for new housing would be a good start.
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.