That’s a comfortable majority. But almost three in ten do not – a significant minority. Thirteen per cent don’t know.
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As an old European Conservatives and Reformists hand, our columnist has centre-right connections in the EU, Europe, America – and worldwide.
Many of those who voted with the Government yesterday fear that Johnson is simply making it up as he goes along.
If Tory backbenchers feel like firing a shot across the Government’s bows this afternoon, we can scarcely blame them.
It can be done, but only by putting the needs of rough sleepers first. Which depends upon support from voters.
How our call for a cost-benefit analysis is contributing to Johnson’s Covid climbdown on lockdowns and tiers
We knew that even the prospect of one would widen and deepen debate on Coronavirus policy – which was essential.
First, regular Parliamentary votes on it, not just Ministerial reviews. Second, a full cost-benefit analysis published in good time.
Dan Rosenfield is Johnson’s new Chief of Staff. That’s the admin sorted (we hope). But what about the politics?
That he seems to have no discernable political views whatsoever is clearly one of the reasons why Johnson wants him.
The OBR’s horrid forecasts of an output implosion and soaring unemployment will do nothing to quell Tory resistance to tougher Covid tiers.
Resile from last year’s manifesto once and there’s no reason not to again. That has implications for tax policy – and much else.
It’s heads you lose, tails you lose for Ministers and civil servants. Nonetheless, the eventual inquiry must inevitably look at “lessons to be learned”.
O’Brien has arrived to find the MP for Havant already in place, who though not a former think tank head is no policy slouch.
That’s the least bad course for the Chancellor to take on Wednesday. But it’s a gamble that could go horribly wrong.
Sure, she’s in breach of the Ministerial Code – and so is every member of every Cabinet who has served since it was introduced.
The quest of Mel Stride and the Treasury Select Committee for sight of its elusive quarry contines.