Here are six recent examples of how the Prime Minister has been mugged by reality.
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David Gauke: The Paterson affair. A Tory Right plagued by groupthink. A Government careless with propriety. And a party compromised.
He has enthusiasm and determination. These qualities made him an enjoyable Ministerial colleague to work with. They also drove his downfall.
Rather like gay marriage, once reform has happened, people in the future will struggle to understand why some had previously objected.
David Gauke: Johnson’s party is more socially conservative, populist and economically interventionist. But how much?
There is evidence, however, that suggests that the move to abandoning all recent Tory traditions is not quite so straightforward.
David Gauke: Sunak’s options for a Budget windfall. Lower debt, tax cuts and higher spending. Which will he choose?
The Chancellor will have have more money to play with than was forecast. How he uses these additional resources will tell us a great deal about his priorities.
David Gauke: Johnson’s health and social care plan. A betrayal of Conservative principles? No – because, at one level, there aren’t any.
This can give the Tories a tremendous advantage in a democracy because the public, as a whole, does not have fixed views either.
The most important quality for the next Secretary of State, I would have thought, is as a problem-solver/fire fighter.
It smacks of government as newspaper column – which is a pity because, beyond the headlines, Ministers are pursuing some useful measures.
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.