The brutal reality is that Britain needs the country the President governs – and so by extension needs him too.
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He was a man of Empire – not a little Englander, but a Great Britainer. One might also say a Global Britainer, which returns one to Brexit.
A Conservative MP tweets that “there is a timidity and lack of ambition about Mrs May’s Government which means it constantly disappoints”.
His tour of universities raises memories of another – that of by Keith Joseph, whose hundreth birthday would have fallen this week. It needs a modern equivalent.
That the company is a government customer isn’t the whole story. After all, few customers must manage the consequences of their supplier’s collapse.
Higher taxes. Social insurance. New Commissions. Reforming NI. Debate on health and social care gathers pace.
But the collapse of the Tory manifesto social care plan, plus the Government’s lack of a workable Commons majority, all but rule out radical change to the system.
The controversy over lifting the cap on new faith schools is not confined to Catholic ones. Hinds has a knotty problem to untangle.
We wish the new Party Chairman well. But if you want to know what he’s up against, just follow the money.
In the short-term, throwing everything at target seats makes sense. Over the longer, it is a recipe for weak outreach, social media failure and falling membership.
From this week, ConservativeHome will run fortnightly a Podcast featuring one or other of the editors in conversation with Jacob-Rees Mogg.
Fairly or unfairly, the pro-EU cause is already associated with elites. The arrival of the Withdrawal Bill in the Upper House will do nothing to diminish that impression.
Yes, we need a resource shift to technical education. But the loss of the Tory majority last June will make it very slow going.
Mind you, the substance of it was a lot better than the style (though that wasn’t hard). The lesson May will surely draw is not to have another big upheaval.
Here’s are the details of the final shape of the shuffle that began on Monday morning and ended yesterday evening.
News, analysis and comment on the more junior appointments as we move into day two of May’s changes.
Live Blog. Day of the long boomerangs. Greening quits the Cabinet after Hunt resists moving. It’s a setback for May’s authority.
Damian Hinds is Education Secretary, Esther McVey goes to Work and Pensions, Matt Hancock takes over at Culture, Media and Sport.