The President, and the wider rise of right-wing populism around the world, offers us some examples of what to do – and what not to do.
Posts by Alex Morton
Alex Morton: A win for those spending Ministers would be a defeat for the taxpayer – not just Hammond and Truss
The Comprehensive Spending Review has to be seen as a way to reset the narrative. Government need to focus on reform as a positive – not expenditure.
Alex Morton: The EU negotiation. First, let’s use the velvet glove. But if that doesn’t work, the iron fist.
We need to be tough – without a deal, they should get no money from us, reduced troop levels in Eastern Europe, less help on refugee issues in the Mediterranean.
Its failures begins with the machinery of Government – the core civil service itself. This must be fixed.
Alex Morton: Are you angry with the Lords? If so, don’t threaten to abolish or elect it. Here’s a better reform.
It should be able to amend proposed legislation only once – or propose laws itself once, with the Commons only needing to vote against these to block them.
Alex Morton: A solution to Tory electoral problems in the capital. Work to make it more like the rest of England.
It’s wrong to claim that May and Brexit have brought new problems for the Conservatives in London. These were clear in 2015 under Cameron.
But some, perhaps many, Tory MPs have these tendencies – including one no less senior than the Prime Minister herself.
Lower interest rates and monetary manipulation have been presented as the solution to our economic woes. But increasingly they create them.
The Treasury should be saved from itself by bringing the Party Chairman in to scrutinise the Autumn Budget before it is finalised.
Alex Morton: This new planning framework actually cuts the Government’s housing target. It takes us back – not forwards.
No wonder cynicism is corroding the fabric of our democracy when an announcement briefed to the press has no relationship to the policies unveiled.
Alex Morton: It’s time to turn the Department for International Development into a Department for Humanitarian Relief
At a time when austerity continues, we need to be explain that we are not wasting taxpayers’ money on a grand delusion that we can create prosperity.
We are likely to get a deal with something for everyone – a ‘softish’ Brexit with May-style immigration controls. But the longer-term offers great opportunities.
Alex Morton: Gove’s energy is admirable. But his new green approach seems to hold that government is good and people are bad.
The short-term plaudits of the Left and the Greens come at a long-term cost – to the Party, and to the environment too.
Alex Morton: Why the Tory tendency to bash our friends and back our enemies – for example, over student immigration numbers?
The Conservatives need to support genuine allies – such as savers, home owners, small businesses, and the armed forces.
DExEU must continue after March next year to prevent the EU from using constructive ambiguity to implement regulatory absorption.