It smacks of government as newspaper column – which is a pity because, beyond the headlines, Ministers are pursuing some useful measures.
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The overseas aid and Universal Credit decisions suggest that, for the first time in a while, the cause of fiscal conservatism is gaining the upper hand.
And: Some Southern Tories worried about winning Batley and Spen. Plus: my Love Island experience.
David Gauke: Chesham and Amersham. Yes, a realignment is taking place in British politics. But it is likely to happen slowly.
Plus: Why Johnson will end lockdown in July, but is to blame for maintaining it. And: Labour. Seen as too anti-Semitic in some places… not enough in others.
David Gauke: My most useful day in nine years as a Minister – and its lessons for the Government on planning reform
If we really want to build more houses where the demand is greatest, we need an offer that local MPs can sell to their constituents.
David Gauke: Demographic changes in the Blue Wall will work against the Conservatives – they must pay close attention
The pandemic is only likely to accelerate the process of these places becoming more graduate-heavy and small L liberal.
David Gauke: These results show the Conservatives set for success in the 2020s – unless their opponents can adapt
In England, the Tories have monopolised support on the Right, while the Left vote is split between Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens.
David Gauke: Free trade on vaccines. The EU may have made threats, but it is the US that has actually blocked exports.
Plus: Why as an Ipswich supporter I’m happy to see the end to the European Super League. And: My take on Mercer’s resignation.
Looked at in the round, over the 2010-2016 period, the UK had the joint highest growth for a G7 economy, level with the US.
David Gauke: I’m a convinced Remainer – but believe nonetheless that the EU has mishandled its vaccine policy
All the same, we have to make this relationship work – because, if we do not, both sides have the capacity to do each other a lot of harm.
David Gauke: Is Britain really set to become a low tax, less regulated, free trading, buccaneering country?
Despite a surprisingly liberal migration policy, the bulk of the post-Brexit evidence so far suggests not.
We need to have a debate about which taxes are least damaging to economic growth. Over the long term, corporation tax ranks as being one of the worst.
David Gauke: Ten years for lying on a form. Disproportionate – and characteristic of our cavalier approach to sentencing.
If we impose yet more draconian prison sentences to win a political arms race, the burdens on the taxpayer will become unsustainable.
David Gauke: The UK, the EU, vaccines – and future relations. Here, jingoistic politicians. There, Trumpian ones. Bodes badly.
The EU’s triggering of Article 16 is premature, provocative and sets a precedent that will be cited by those unwilling to accept the consequences of the Protocol.
David Gauke: The Covid paradox for Johnson: the nearer to normality we get, the more difficulties he’ll have
The Government should begin to dash unrealistic expectations now, rather than be forced to do so later.