There is no reason a green agenda can’t be a winner in the Red Wall, but not if it’s just the usual bundle of middle-class concerns.
Posts by James Frayne
James Frayne is Director of Policy and Strategy at Policy Exchange and author of Meet the People, a guide to public opinion.
If they can’t make a real impact on the lives of working class voters in provincial seats, Johnson will meet the same electoral fate as Trump.
There will be real anger about the prospect of a digital winter break – unless there’s a very serious surge in deaths.
James Frayne: Coastal towns – next for the Conservatives after the Red Wall seats. And essential for a shore-to-shore majority.
I will be returning regularly to this theme: the need to create a mainstream English and Welsh majority from shore to shore.
Forget the polls. Be honest about risk. Understand the English. Use scientists less. Deploy Sunak more. Drop the technical language and work with others.
An important point to consider is whether or not respect for the way all law works has declined.
James Frayne: Big tax rises would make Tory campaigning impossible – in Red Wall seats as well as traditionally blue ones
The public would catch up when growth slowed and redundancies rose. It would become clear that raising taxes on employers doesn’t help anyone.
James Frayne: Our national political conversation is unrepresentative. Metro London is heard loud and clear. The provinces, scarcely at all.
They don’t talk about politics in daily life; don’t write to local or national newspapers; most importantly, they’re not politically active online.
James Frayne: Public support for the Government appears to have dropped – but not when it comes to individual policies
People strongly back it banning separate households meeting indoors where infection rates have risen, among other moves.
James Frayne: Churchill – and why the conservative movement would win a culture war. But it would be unpleasant and divisive.
Voters will support a balanced narrative about Britain’s past in our schools, but they will want children to feel mostly pride in our past.
James Frayne: We should prepare ourselves to hear horrifying tales of what’s happened in lockdown Britain
Getting the economy moving won’t even begin to give the Government political momentum. It will need to conduct its own Fairness Audit.
James Frayne: Nine thousand jobs lost at Rolls Royce. The damage that the virus is wreaking on provincial Britain is terrible – and will last
It’s not only a matter of highly-skilled jobs for working class people. Firms like these gives cities like Derby a sense of immense civic pride.
James Frayne: More welfare spending. A business tax avoidance clampdown. The new economic policy that voters will want.
One area that has had relatively little attention, but could get much more, is the behaviour of commercial landlords across the country.
James Frayne: The Coronavirus will radically recharge our national debate about fairness and justice
The mass of the public will demand answers to questions that previously had relatively limited appea – such as: why the postcode lottery in healthcare?
If employers consider themselves to be heading for catastrophe, it suggests that the wider public will catch up before too long.