He could commit to some tangible metrics – i.e: reducing the tax code in length by 25 per cent by 2019, or pledging to abolish three taxes in each budget.
In the last year he has lost much of his grassroots support and a powerful patron, leaving him without political armour.
Let the leftover Blairites retro-absorb the LibDems: there’s your centre-Left. Most of the rest of usare quite happy to be governed by the centre-Right Super Party.
The real issue is how many new homes are actually delivered.
The public have noticed the potholes and crumbling surfaces caused by incompetent management.
We sometimes forget the downside of Macmillan’s legacy – rushed housing that later cost a fortune to put right.
Macmillan’s efforts succeeded because Churchill backed him fully. The Communities Secretary is not in the same happy position with May.
Much of it is excellent and a skeleton for delivery, but it will need work to put flesh on the bones.
The issue is a case study in where power lies in this country.
It can be done, but it requires a great deal of political ambition.
Javid’s plans are shaping up to be a last-ditch attempt to hit his target within the constraints of the present system.
Too much land is left vacant, and too many developments completed slowly so as not to lower house prices. Councils need more power to take action.
In Government, Labour built on the work of George Young in doing so. Now it’s time for some cross-party co-operation in reverse.
According to new data from the respected British Social Attitudes survey, referenced in our new report, support in England for new homes has almost doubled since 2010,
The report I have been working on over the past year will provide the Government with a clear strategy to help tackle rough sleeping.