Despite the recent bad press, the overall numbers suggest the institution is probably here to stay.
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.
To make ‘global Britain’ work, ministers will need to do more to defend British companies against politically-motivated attacks.
I don’t think it will lead to a serious drop in support – but officers will likely not have the same benefit of the doubt after the next such incident.
It’s a dangerous game, relying solely on polling to judge the state of public opinion: it never tells the full story.
James Frayne: The 0.7 per cent. Polling suggests that the Tory rebels should aim to bring it back later – not save it now.
The danger for them of not striking a deal now is that a vote on bringing the target back will be an even harder battle to win later.
James Frayne: A clear majority of people think the police do a good job – but want them to be tougher enforcing lockdown
Polls very strongly suggest the public are much more irritated with the police not enforcing basic rules with greater severity.
This is a good moment for targeted, well-justified interventions, but creating lots of new losers through sweeping hikes would be insane.
James Frayne: Migration control, NHS spending, boosting growth – and a reworked foreign policy. Four post-Brexit priorities for Johnson.
The Prime Minister’s Leave campaign promised that things would be better when we left the EU. So he must therefore prove it.
The Government can do a lot in a short space of time. A key question should be: how do we make these towns nicer places to live?
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.
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.