“Dom is a decentraliser,” we were told. “But he’s resistant to decentralising to people who he thinks aren’t up to the job.”
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Javid delivers the Budget he never got a chance to – via the Centre for Policy Studies. He wants to go for growth.
It’s a good thing for former senior Ministers to keep thinking, going and contributing, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see a comeback to government.
As with Brexit, the fundamentals of the Tory position are much stronger than they may seem to be.
The blue share in the poll of polls hit 43 per cent on June 2 and hasn’t moved the best part of a month later.
Johnson has fewer than three months in which to move public opinion – the key to getting schools moving again.
The CBI supports the Government’s timetable and Starmer is keeping his head down. It is quite the turnaround.
An election that saw them returned to say yes to Brexit and boosterism leaves Johnson vulnerable to events and reality.
Furthermore, the change creates a brand new cart to put before the horse – that’s to say, the awaited defence and security review.
And the threat to the NHS seems distant enough to experiment with the relaxation of the two metre rule.
Polling snapshot. Coming out of lockdown, Starmer’s election and disillusion with the Government are returning us to politics as normal.
There is no evidence from the poll of polls that the Dominic Cummings affair speeded up what has been a steady Tory decline since mid-April.
“We should all respect due process and fair hearing, rather than tolerate criminal acts and mob rule.”
If the Prime Minister doesn’t have confidence in his most senior Ministers, it’s impossible to see how anyone else can.
“From here, I’m afraid, the journey is all too obvious. The only way to prevent this is to reverse the re-racialisation of our society.”
Building on May’s legacy will mean grinding, attritional work – which the hard left and extremist parties are neither interested in nor capable of doing.
The schools debacle is a consequence not of the personal failings of Williamson, but of the structural flaws of this Government
We have a dominating centre and compliant Ministers. The Education Secretary was given his marching orders, and told to like them or lump them.