The ‘progressive alliance’ is one of the left’s favourite myths – but the idea that Tory and UKIP votes are interchangeable is folly also.
Posts Tagged: Conservatives
Iain Dale: There’s only so far that Labour can fall in the polls. I think we’ve reached that point now.
Plus: May needs Johnson. My election predictions. Strange selection decisions. And: why I decided not to put my name forward for the seat in which I grew up.
Andy Street: Next Thursday, we can make history here in the West Midlands. This is your chance to be part of it.
It’s about leadership; it’s about making a success of Brexit, and it’s about ending that litany of Labour failure.
Gimson’s election diary: Eastbourne – the referendum result suggests the Tories will hold on. But it’s not nearly that simple.
In this, the tightest blue-yellow, many more people mentioned, with approbation, the Liberal Democrat candidate than referred to the EU.
The more likely Tory voters see headline figures like these, the less likely they are to turn out to vote.
Iain Dale: My election prediction. May will be back in Downing Street with a Commons majority of 74 seats.
Plus: Where I was when the poll was announced. What I will be doing during the campaign. And: the temptation to seek to stand as a candidate tugs at my sleeve…
This election follows a referendum that strained, and in some cases shattered, party loyalties. The Prime Minister ought now to be building her own big tent.
Above all, don’t neglect the obvious. May is vulnerable to Tory revolts – as the NICs debacle proved. She wants a real working majority.
Plus: The coming local elections. My predictions – Liberal Democrats up, Conservatives up, UKIP down, Labour down – and maybe Corbyn out later this year.
Rob Semple: The first multi-constituency Association. A central membership trial. My spring forum progress report.
Party members are united in their expectation that every Conservative MP must back the boundary reform proposals when they come to Parliament.
Lord Ashcroft: The parties.The leaders. And leaving the EU. What my 10,000-sample poll and focus groups found.
If the Government thinks that we cannot have our Brexit cake and eat it, Ministers must be careful not to let expectations get out of hand.
Tim Bale: A Conservative secret weapon at the last election – the non-members who worked for victory
Even if each of them who did anything at all did far less than paid up members, the sum of their individual efforts was at least as great and probably greater.
Isabel Oakeshott: By urging that private schools pay VAT, Gove spurred Labour’s new attack on the middle class
While it is no surprise that the current party leadership has leapt at his new idea, neither the moral nor the economic arguments stack up.
The Education Secretary is grappling with reform of the national funding formula for schools at a time when spending on them is under pressure.
Alex Morton: Pro-immigration. Anti-Small Business. Pro-EU. And anti-Tory. The irresistible rise of the New Professional Class
The core of their beliefs is that elite expertise is preferred and believed superior to messier concepts such as the market or democracy.