Over the last year, I’ve set out a number of policy ideas designed to appeal to lower middle class voters. Here are some of them.
Far from Notting Hill
Those looking to find what she really stands for may one day get an answer. But the point for the here and now is: she seeks to dominate the mainstream.
Why spend money on grammars, rather than dealing with school overcrowding? And why back Trident rather than the Navy’s conventional fleet?
Of course taxes will be lower than under Corbyn. The question is whether they’ll be higher than they are now (already high).
There is a handful of Ministers who unfortunately display two or three of these signs. They know who they are – and so does Theresa May.
Westminster is streets ahead of most boardrooms in dealing with intense media scrutiny.
As observant Christians approach minority status, public figures might become more willing to highlight the plight of believers abroad.
Ultimately, happiness derives from things outside the state’s control. To the extent they can, politicians should encourage businesses that deliver them.
The Office of American Innovation might never get going, given Trump’s chaotic style, but the concept is a good one.
If politicians will create a big, interventionist state, then voters will expect them to manage it on a full-time basis.
And there are other policies she could pursue. More nurseries in primary schools. Tougher school discipline. Longer sentences for child abuse.
Everyone needs to be prepared for the hugely difficult times that we now face.
From business rates to car insurance, errors are being made.
It’s comforting for leaders to imagine that they can either have a direct line to voters or that they can let their actions speak for themselves – but it’s a fallacy.
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Voters in seats outside London and the South-East need to be forced to think about the Tories in a different way.