Any new First Secretary of State should not have further ambitions of their own. And it would be pointless in any event to make any such appointment honorary.
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Freeman is right about a new Policy Commission to prepare for the next election – complete with non-Tory members
The 1997 experience of Downing Street keeping the manifesto process to itself was unhappy. The Party needs to draw on wider talent to reinvent itself in government.
The Cabinet must have a clearer collective idea than it does now of what it wants to gain from a deal – and, in particular, how it intends to handle regulatory divergence.
Given the resistance of Tory MPs to spending cuts and tax rises, Hammond’s easiest course would be to push any into the future. But this wouldn’t be problem-free…
The Prime Minister is not in a position to force policy about leaving the EU on her Cabinet colleagues – let alone the Brexit Secretary.
Spreadsheet Phil must become Storyteller Phil – if his Budget is to succeed where the Tory conference failed
The Chancellor needs to help deliver the sense of direction so strikingly absent in Manchester last month, and indeed since last June’s election.
Cameron or May? Clegg or Green? Osborne or Hammond? Hague or Johnson? May or Rudd? Fox or Williamson? Cable or Clark…
Letting disagreements about Brexit leak into the Budget’s treatment could deal the Government irreparable damage – and voters much harm.
The Mercers, Tugendhats and Cleverlys get a lot of media coverage. However, most promotions come from the ranks of the toiling Ministers of State.
On Article 50, sequencing and security, there have been retreats. But the core of the position – on taking back control – remains strikingly intact.
Patel got a lot done – in particular, improving international rules about emergency spending. Now her successor must work on an aid policy for Global Britain.
No, the Government is not on the verge of collapse. Only Tory MPs can currently force its demise. Which they shouldn’t.
Its poll rating is 40 per cent or so, the economy is growing, and an election isn’t due until 2022. A sense of perspective is essential – for all the Government’s weaknesses.
Patel resigns: “I offer a fulsome apology.” She and May find a way of making the best of the departure.
They seem to have settled on a means of stage-managing this exit. We will see how long the settlement lasts.
It is an ally, and the only liberal democracy in the Middle East. But its interests are not identical with Britain’s, and its friends should always bear this in mind.
Party member opinion on the negotiations is clearly at the harder end of the spectrum on independence and economics – though not invariably on immigration.