Ministers and their advisers can actually focus on their executive function, rather than incessant communication and rebuttal.
Posts by James Frayne
James Frayne is Director of Policy and Strategy at Policy Exchange and author of Meet the People, a guide to public opinion.
James Frayne: The public aren’t political geeks, but Blair is wrong to say they weren’t informed on the EU
We were lectured by most of the leading politicians of the day, huge numbers of economists and businesspeople, and the leader of the Free World.
James Frayne: An armed forces visit. A trip to a new expanded port. How to make the best of Trump’s visit
The only way to make it will be to hold a small number of made-for-TV events that help tell a story that voters in provincial England will respond to.
James Frayne: The question to ask before introducing any new policy – “Would I want this for my own family?”
Too often people in Westminster choose one thing for the public and another for their own loved ones.
It’s often been overrated, but its pre-war golden age bears striking similarities to Putin’s approach today.
The issue is a case study in where power lies in this country.
James Frayne: First, they encourage us to switch to diesel. And now they want to charge us for it. What planet are these politicians on?
You can’t encourage people to take what are described as virtuous acts, only to punish them later financially.
This is probably a conversation that needs to take place between political staff on either side of the Atlantic.
Too many politicians now treat diplomacy as an arena for domestic culture wars, but must recognise how ineffective, and harmful to our national interest, that can be.
She is uninterested in playing the traditional Westminster game in which policies are presented as the final word from governments.
She needn’t to give a blow-by-blow account of the negotiations, but better communication would put any departure turbulence in its proper context.
James Frayne: The Davos crowd’s global outlook means it has lost any understanding of national movements
They see one global trend when in fact there are many different national shifts underway.
The Prime Minister can afford to play down ideology, safe in the knowledge that the contrast with the Opposition is greatly in her favour.
Its members don’t immerse themselves in the deep subject knowledge required for policy development and giving ongoing advice to politicians.
James Frayne: We’re taking back control of trade – so it’s time politicians learned what voters think about it
Very soon this will become a central electoral issue.