Most people believe the main purpose of prison is to punish rather than rehabilitate, and overwhelmingly back tougher sentencing and an end to “early release”.
That doesn’t just mean talking about it – it means putting it into practice both in Government and in how we run our own Party operations.
Is there a national collection of staff ideas? Are Whitehall teams working together? What conversations are being held with housebuilders? There’s so much to be done.
Clearing up the last few pieces of formal political inequality has taken a century, but every step was taken under a Conservative or Coalition government.
Plus: The mystery of the missing Kwasi Kwarteng. The presence of the ebullient Brandon Lewis. The absence and recovery of Nick de Bois. Plus: Capita’s failures.
Also: Scottish Tories row in behind bid to wreck the Withdrawal Bill; infighting in Welsh Labour over method of electing new leader; and more.
A combination of repression and culture war sustained the current system in recent years. But the effectiveness of that approach is wearing off.
The Conservatives need to support genuine allies – such as savers, home owners, small businesses, and the armed forces.
At best, people don’t think about the issue. But as soon as they do, they overwhelmingly support the ban. A vote would have been hugely damaging.
Adonis claims that morale Civil Service morale is in free fall. In fact, November’s Civil Service Survey showed staff engagement was up to its highest level since 2009.
The alarmism of Osborne and others has proved to be baseless – instead, our existing strengths in financial services position us to grow even stronger.
Iran’s demonstrators are asking for reform, and all democrats should openly support their goals.
Brexit looms large, of course, but now Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic are also fighting with the EU Commission over self-determination.
In the side, that is. Plus: First the Left came for Toby Young; later, they may come for you. And: North Korea could be the big story of the year.
The idea that those now entering old age somehow had it easy is completely wrong. And so is the myth that they are intolerant and narrow-minded.