While the responsibilities of government must be shouldered, there’s no doubting the need for a time of renewal – one as profound as in any period of opposition.
Councils could encourage more schools to specialise and give more children in care the chance to attend boarding schools.
The 1997 experience of Downing Street keeping the manifesto process to itself was unhappy. The Party needs to draw on wider talent to reinvent itself in government.
The Chancellor needs to help deliver the sense of direction so strikingly absent in Manchester last month, and indeed since last June’s election.
What about those who worship different gods, those who delight in civil rights movements, those mothers who want to go out to work?
May’s damaged authority is having a beneficial side-effect – namely, freeing Tory MPs to think aloud about the Party’s future.
Historically, we have developed our best new ideas and talents when in Opposition. We must break that cycle, and renew our movement now.
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.
Party Conference is, as he puts it, “increasingly corporate, expensive [and] exclusive”. So here is his first shot at something different.
We now have eleven runners and riders in our Next Tory Leader section…with another 15 candidates standing by. Watch this space.
The former fear that it will revive what they believe are business-unfriendly ideas about foreign takeovers and workers on boards.
There is much more to politics than an affordable state and competitive taxes. But both will be indispensible for survival, let alone prosperity, after we leave the EU.
Charged with managing Whitehall, trouble-shooting, clocking Sturgeon, and preparing government for Brexit, his workload would make lesser mortals crumble.
He sees the referendum result as a “defining test” for Britain, and is charged with finding solutions to help meet the challenge.
May, Johnson, Hannan, Davidson, Fabricant and others give their thoughts. Plus, has anyone checked on Sir Simon Burns?