Governing is harder than campaigning – and doing so with next to no majority in an emerging constitutional crisis is another order altogether.
Posts by Nick Hargrave
Nick Hargrave is a former Downing Street special adviser, where he worked under both David Cameron and Theresa May.Follow @
Nick Hargrave: What Prime Minister Johnson should do to keep moderate support – and build the best outcomes for Britain
Until the Party is prepared to have this debate with itself, then he will continue to be at the mercy of a Brexit tiger that he helped unleash.
Nick Hargrave: How Johnson became Prime Minister, cut a Brexit deal, won an election – and triumphed. For a bit.
None of what follows is impossible and, if there is a common thread, it is the self-interest of MPs in avoiding an election before leaving the EU.
The seats that might back a No Deal offer for cultural reasons might well balk at it for economic ones.
He knows that you don’t get to enact a vision for the country until you can thread it first with the fabric of your party.
Onward puts the importance placed on the environment amongst under 35s in roughly the same category as housing and education.
Nick Hargrave: What’s needed now to get us out of this mess. First, a new leader. Next, a general election.
To be able to move on, the candidates must first articulate an honest vision of our new relationship with the European Union.
The cohort of future Conservative leadership candidates would do well to start thinking about the structure of the Number 10 they want to build.
Its muscular power is needed to boost share ownership, build houses and tax wealth rather than income. And let’s rule out a No Deal Brexit.
Our party will not be able to speak for Britain as it really is, and as it will increasingly come to be, unless we make some efforts to reflect this in our membership.
Nick Hargrave: In an age of post-truth politics, moderate politicians must prepare to work across party lines
I have reluctantly concluded that there needs to be greater regulation of the veracity of claims made by registered participants in political campaigns.
Perhaps, against all the odds, we will find a way of muddling through and preserve our broad church for a time after the era of Brexit has passed.
Nick Hargrave: If we join the EEA, others might follow – thus creating a Europe-wide, non-federalist alternative to the EU
As a bloc with heightened economic weight, with the UK as a key influence, it would have greater flexibility to negotiate over issues such as immigration and budgetary contributions.
It’s good for MPs to do some work outside Westminster. This will not be a quick win in the current political climate, though. So in the interim, here are some suggestions.
Nick Hargrave: The Conservatives should be thinking ahead about a future border poll in Northern Ireland
Ireland has in recent years moved from a restrictive semi-theocratic state to a more relaxed definition of Irishness. And then there is Brexit…