A lot on Brexit; not much elsewhere. The lack of a majority leaves the Prime Minister exposed – whatever may happen with the DUP.
Posts Tagged: Philip Hammond MP
Henry Newman: Hammond has listened to his colleagues over Brexit. Now they should listen to him, and make it open – not closed.
His Mansion House speech offered an opportunity to shift the tone of Brexit policy towards openness, liberalism, free trade and responsible capitalism.
The Chancellor says “yes” when Marr asks if “we’re definitely leaving the EU”, and provides some clarification.
For all the chatter about the Customs Union, leaving the EU in full is still on course. But May’s bungled election has raised the chances of a disorderly outcome.
Henry Newman: Hammond should stick to the Conservative position on the Customs Union – and stop freelancing
We would remain bound by the EU’s protectionist tariff structure, and have our trade agreements determined by institutions on which we were not represented.
Profile: George Osborne, who could have stayed in Westminster, and returned to the Cabinet. But who left, and is trying to destroy May.
The former Chancellor has taken to the role of newspaper editor, but some will see his attacks on the Prime Minister as unhelpful.
CABINET RESHUFFLE: LIVE BLOG. Green is First Secretary of State – in effect, Deputy Prime Minister. And Gove is back at the top.
Gauke is uncorked as Work and Pensions Secretary. Truss replaces him as Treasury Chief Secretary. Leadsom is the new Leader of the House.
Why the Prime Minister now has no alternative but to broaden her Cabinet. Today, she should bring back Gove, Morgan and Grieve.
She is now dependent on her critics if the new goverment is to work. This is a time for humility, reconciliation – and all hands on deck.
Iain Dale: Rudd to the Treasury, a Gove comeback, McLoughlin to quit. What may happen in the reshuffle.
Oh, and Timothy and Hill should be moved on from being co-Chiefs of Staff – the former to head up policy, the latter press.
Other than saying, “the state should stay out of things”, they haven’t had much to say. This must change. They need to set out how they’d do things better.
This is our final survey before the election – so our next update could contain some new faces.
The former fear that it will revive what they believe are business-unfriendly ideas about foreign takeovers and workers on boards.
John O’Connell: The Tory Manifesto. It should commit to scrapping HS2, ending the triple lock – and reforming the NHS.
This first piece of a mini-series on what should be in the manifesto argues that the Conservatives must get serious about living within our means.
May must strike the right balance between breaking the Party through into new areas and voter groups, and winning a mandate for effective government.
May should announce that she will reappoint her top three ministers and her Brexit team post-election
Doing so would at guarantee continuity to her negotiation planning, and free Johnson to do what he does best without distraction – namely, campaigning.