The EU’s demand for £1.7billion raises a number of essential questions. Not least, what can Cameron do now?
It has plenty of supporters among Conservative journalists. But why not among Conservative politicians?
The figure for the Kent seat is a disappointment for CCHQ – but it’s not disastrous in itself, and will help build a stronger voter base for now and next May.
Whether parents work in the labour market or not is none of the Chancellor’s business – as long as they aren’t claiming welfare benefits.
By so obviously funking the argument on the economy, the Leader of the Opposition leaves Cameron in command of the field.
Despite pressure from No 10, the Tory delegation will not be whipped to vote for the euro-federalist and his team.
Cameron shouldn’t abandon his campaign on the economy and security.
Which was, and still is, to reduce the deficit. All of the current talk about tax cuts risks undermining that.
There’s no good reason to make rebels of MEPs who simply want to oppose the arch-federalist, as Cameron did mere months ago.
The Conservatives have started listening to, rather than just hectoring, UKIP voters
There is nothing uniquely evil about tobacco: the precedents set in the crusade against it will be used in time against all our vices.
The past week has been instructive: things have improved, but not by enough to effect proper change.
But the Government does look as if it is listening to backbench supporters of a strong Recall Bill.
The Prime Minister will have more influence in the appointment of senior officials. That should help Whitehall know who’s boss.
Like a latter-day Gladstone, the former Environment Secretary has come among us unmuzzled.