His intention seems to be to develop a body of ideas. If so, it will need to be a programme that can move hearts as well as minds.
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May needs to demonstrate that Whitehall is prepared – deal or no deal. Crossing one’s fingers and hoping for transition is not an alternative, or shouldn’t be.
We must not be forced by any settlement into following the EU’s tax, regulatory, social and migration model if we don’t want to.
Don’t underestimate the two men’s deep emotional commitment to the campaign they helped to front – and which won.
Britain could flourish under the minimalist WTO-type settlement that seems to be his bottom line. But it is not the optimal outcome, and threatens a significant downside.
His Telegraph article message: “Britain can flourish on WTO”. And how it will inevitably be read: “With May out of Number 10 – and me in”. Watch for calls for his dismissal.
May’s audit of ethnic disparities could blight her planned relaunch – and, more importantly, produce policy that sets back social justice rather than takes it forward.
Its awards consume roughly a quarter of public spending. It is hard to see where the tax hikes or spending scaleback to fund them will come from if the Chancellor sticks to his guns.
The Government won by 326 votes to 290. Ken Clarke voted against the Programme Motion – the only Tory vote against the Bill earlier today.
“The low point of the Conservative campaign has followed the manifesto launch,” we wrote. “The social care policy tanked, and Tory poll ratings fell with it.”
It was the former Prime Minister himself who presided over the drawing up of the Article 50 process from which there is no known means of resiling.
A review of student finance, to report before Brexit, would be a better way of proceeding than panic announcements at next month’s Party Conference.
What counts most is opposition to a Bill or to parts of it. And most Tory criticisms of the EU Withdrawal Bill aren’t coming from the Brexiteers.
During her period as Home Secretary, May faced institutional resistance from the Treasury and Business. She cannot afford to lose the support of her former department.
Conservative Select Committee election results. A squeeze on places, “Very high turnout” – and some prominent losers.
Ability, popularity with colleagues and specialist knowledge seem to have mattered more in these elections than intake or ideology.