The ECRG Chairman gives his regular report.
Iain Dale: He was five foot four, and I’m six foot two, but I’m wanted none the less to play Mussolini
Plus: Salmond’s revisionist view of Thatcher. My weekly Brexit briefing begins. And: the glory of Tim Shipman’s “All Out War”.
I can just about imagine why a gay Parisian might just decide to send an unequivocal message to the Left at the next election.
Whatever the answer, the party’s rise and the elevation of Paul Nuttall is a potential disaster for Labour.
Castro’s apologists find it too painful to admit they’ve raised a feeling of belonging above moral principle.
Alex Morton: Effective government comes first, delivering Brexit second – not the other way round. Here’s proof of why.
The tale of the Troubled Families programme helps to prove that if the state doesn’t work properly, we won’t gain from leaving the EU.
Also: Mundell calls for devolution within Scotland; and Hammond praises the Ulster economy.
We are often poor at commercialising technology. Doing so requires scale, which in turn means we need large numbers of qualified people.
Such temporary arrangements are complex, time-consuming and have a nasty habit of becoming permanent.
Yes, we should not intervene in a country without a plan. But we must also say that we will limit the powers and abilities of those who do unspeakable evil.
Iain Dale: Jo Cox’s murder was also an attack on the state. Which is why a whole life tariff for her killer was right.
Plus: Hammond’s jokes. Javid’s stonewalling. Am I a fascist? And: of the making of books there is no end
James Heappey: Don’t cheer Trump’s scepticism about the Paris deal. Green energy is good for business – and for you
The green lobby may want to think that firms are acting to arrest global warming – but they’re not.
Strong on regional and economic policy, muddled in its approach to managing Departments, and seriously, worryingly under-powered on foreign affairs.
One historical study has found that, on average, authoritarian parties surge by around 30 per cent as the economic consequences play out.
Perhaps the 60 million Americans who backed him simply thought other factors were more important. But is that judgement bigoted in itself?