When Lord Kerr whistled, voters turned the Nelsonian equivalent of a deaf ear. When they whistled, he was dragged helplessly along by the command of a democratic vote.
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All played a part in forming the new Tory appeal that has made major inroads into the working class, Wales and provinical England.
He is clearly a winner – and Party members want to keep hold of him now that there is a Tory government in place with a big majority.
The Spartans played a major role in sinking May’s Brexit deal and floating Johnson’s. Baker has thus been a force to be reckoned with.
Almost nine in ten of our panel members say that he has much to do before he can be counted the equal of Margaret Thatcher.
This is a carefully-calibrated balancing exercise that honours two rebels who have recently come home.
He is one of the few elements of continuity in what has been a turbulent year at the Government’s top table.
Only one in three Party members, according to our poll, are unambiguously lined up behind the idea.
Cynical and non-Christian though some of us may be, Leavers should take the point. Christmas is a sign that joy can break out. Just when it’s least expected.
Defeat. Defeat. Defeat. Defeat. Defeat. Defeat. Defeat. Defeat. Defeat. Defeat. Defeat. Defeat…Total Complete & Utter Victory.
There are a mass of these voters in the Red Wall seats that collapsed last week, but no party has yet made a convincing policy offer to them.
There will be a mass of new Conservative MPs who have no or little presence on the ground to support them.
The political difference from Liverpool, and thus the political and civic one, is startling once one begins to probe majorities.
The Politics of And. Securing the Majority. 4) Getting more Conservatives appointed to public bodies
In government under Cameron, Francis Maude and his SpAds helped to make a difference. Time to call in Baroness Finn to hold a review.
Johnson – at a stroke, a bigger player in foreign affairs, because of his larger majority. But what does he want to do?
The scale of his domestic ambitions and the legacy of the Iraq War suggest that his ambitions will be limited – for the moment at least.