In the absence of counter-arguments, we can’t really be sure what the public thinks about state action on unhealthy lifestyles.
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.
The traditional media environment for Conservatives has deteriorated significantly, while social media encourages egomaniacs and the loudmouths.
MPs and activists should be asking themselves a big question: what is it that made him popular in the first place?
Plus a sixth, less formal, question: are they ridiculous?
These Tory leadership candidates haven’t grasped the scale of the collapse of confidence in their party
No one has a prayer of bringing voters back to the Party if they don’t get on their knees and beg for forgiveness from the electorate.
There are clearly dangers in accepting the terms set out by green activists – who essentially argue that we can only protect the environment by slowing growth.
It is mistaken to believe that the British people are collectively optimistic, happy-go-lucky, and modernity-obsessed – and on the same wavelength as those that are.
James Frayne: Cross-party co-operation over Brexit is initially popular, but it will swiftly sour in practice
Everyone likes the sound of it – so long as they believe it is going to deliver their preferred outcome. Already Tory poll ratings are visibly on the slide.
James Frayne: “Vote for change and Chuka” is laughable. The new party’s candidates come straight out of central casting.
Change UK are not the problem for the Conservatives. Rather, it is their own change narrative is ultimately weak.
James Frayne: Yes, voters are nervous about No Deal. None the less, they simply want the Government to get on with leaving.
It’s hard to see how the Conservatives can sustain their electoral position by U-turning on Brexit. Its core vote will surely completely collapse.
James Frayne: The public’s views on sex and relationships education are more nuanced than you might imagine
If it is framed through the prism of tolerance and anti-bullying, most people support it. But there are still political pitfalls.
The long and short of it is: it ought to damage Labour more, but there are dangers for the Tories none the less.
Few actually agree with him, but a surprising number say they admire his decisiveness and strength.
James Frayne: The angry stereotype of Leave voters was false – but blocking Brexit risks making it true
Last week’s Question Time audience in Derby delivered a warning shot when they cheered the prospect of No Deal.
Specifically for anti-Brexit politicians, the path to creating such a party lies firmly on what we think of as the Left;