Ministers like Amber Rudd have great difficulty finding able SpAds because the Conservative Research Department, which used to train them, has been destroyed.
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The Home Secretary displayed the necessary mixture of grip and remorse about the Windrush affair.
The DUP’s Westminster Leader says the Irish border issue is being exploited by people who want “to thwart leaving the EU if they can”.
For readers on this side of the Atlantic, there is also some value in being shown how explicit, and serious, Americans like to be about moral questions.
His refusal to get to grips with Labour anti-Semitism, or think about anything he finds personally disagreeable, makes him hopelessly unprofessional.
He made grotesque errors of taste and judgement – see “Rivers of Blood”. But even his critics admit that he was one of the great parliamentarians of the 20th century.
In the second piece in our three-part mini-series, the Mayor tells ConservativeHome that freeport status can transform the area.
The Secret Barrister has attained a great success with his account of a legal system infected with squalid incompetence.
By inflicting such pain, Corbyn has compelled a discussion. But the Jewish contribution to Britain should not be reduced to mere political calculation.
His profound sense of failure, and scorching humility, live on in his notes to himself in his Prayers and Meditations.
He is the laziest and most self-indulgent Leader of the Opposition in living memory.
The failure to confront anti-semitism within the Labour Party has led to a total breakdown of trust.
These two MPs have not found, at the first attempt, the sort of language that will appeal to the unconverted. But nor did David Cameron.
Only 28 years after the poll tax precipitated Thatcher’s downfall, no one called for a new system of local government finance.
Profile: The Prime Minister, as revealed in the twelve qualities shared by successful holders of that office
The author of the newly-published Gimson’s Prime Ministers: Brief Lives from Walpole to May reflects on what holders of the office have in common – and don’t.