He wouldn’t have let Cash and Fox, Johnson and Rees-Mogg seize the agenda. He would have fought Farage’s populism as he fought that of Powell.
They will want to ask themselves if they really want to spurn last year’s referendum result and the Party’s manifesto commitment.
If the Conservatives spoke a progressive alliance, and meant it, they might be able to make some progress – and break down virulent anti-Toryism.
Corbyn doesn’t care about it, and May’s credibility is weakened by the failure to fulfil the tens of thousands pledge.
The “modernisers” think that people with clear principles are cranks. In five years, they may find themselves queuing for food at their local Red Star state supermarket.
The columnist Steve Richards examines the rise of the modern demagogues, and their eventual, inevitable failure.
No word of sympathy for Theresa May could be heard. The speculation was whether David Davis or Boris Johnson would succeed her.
Today’s choice is between a woman who has grasped the scale and sweep of Brexit, and a man who has spent his entire career cuddling up to Britain’s enemies.
Deep down, Corbyn regrets the outcome of the Cold War. Even now, when the full horror of its legacy is clear, he can’t bring himself to renounce Marxism.
Coalitions are the new normal…”banging on about Europe” is inherently unpopular…no-one will ever listen to the polls again.
Concluding our ConservativeHome series on the key contests in each region or nation.
Opinion polls which show Labour in contention cannot be reconciled with the public’s contempt for the party’s leader.
Continuing our ConservativeHome series on the key contests in each region or nation.
As we write, the Conservatives are still set for a win on Thursday, but there is risk of further slippage – unless key voters can be persuaded that Corbyn will crash the car.
Those making the economic case already faced an uphill struggle – now their argument is “contaminated by association”.