An attention-grabbing incident can lead to the knee-jerk policy-making, and distract from the real issue.
Over two years in CCHQ I saw how a broken system hampers campaigning and alienates supporters. This must be stopped.
The Chancellor is stinging the middle classes for £25 billion. Plus, new totalitarian powers for HMRC are disgraceful.
Plus: Farewell, Ivan Massow. How Eric Pickles cost me £50,000. David Laws’ new book. And: the rise of Jeremy Corbyn is my fault.
Cecil the lion’s slaughter was immoral. But so was the slaughter of your dinner.
Also: Scottish Labour fear far-left infiltration; Plaid debate fate of former leader; Welsh Labour criticise ‘toxic’ leadership race; and nationalists bid to rechristen Londonderry.
Why is it that we love making lists? And what does it tell us about democracy?
Nadhim Zahawi MP: Our institutions suffered a self-inflicted loss of public trust – so it falls to us to rebuild
Trust is essential to the future of a country. This One Nation Conservative Government is restoring the public’s faith.
Yes, it really is spelt like that. Plus: I bet four candidates go through to the London Conservative Mayoral primary, and that Yvette Cooper is Labour’s next leader.
Tim Farron intends to target centre-Left voters – the very people who will never forgive his evasions on sin and sexuality,
Plus: the four things Labour must do to get back into the game.
Also: New welfare reforms could collapse Northern Irish government; Salmond accused of ignoring the Scottish Parliament; and SNP fears infiltration by the far left.
In the race between democratisation and the bomb, this deal buys time for democracy
He’s had a bad week with the Chancellor taking the proverbials out of him and then Mrs May ragging him over the purchase of his antiquated German water cannon.
Iain Dale: The Conservative Party is acting like North Korea over its London Mayoral candidate selection
Plus: Zac Goldsmith tells me that he won’t stand in a by-election if the Heathrow decision fails to go his way.