We hope that Finn, Newman and the rest of the new appointees provide a fresh sense of direction and purpose.
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But as ever, trying to make out a consensus position is like trying to pick out a tune when a drunk pianist is playing a broken piano.
“We have been terrific at pure research, and useless at translational research.” What our industrial strategy should aim to change.
The best way of thinking about it isn’t to fix one’s gaze on direct subsidies, but to look wider – at our failure to turn British ideas into British prosperity.
There is no good option for Ministers – but it must be better to stop infected people entering the country rather than quarantining them afterwards.
Behind today’s genocide row about the Uighurs stand the Hong Kongers, Biden – and our own trade and security irresolution.
There may some ingenious halfway house solution. But it is hard to say how extending it for another year can be avoided.
A move from Ken Clarke to Aneurin Bevan would not only risk harming the NHS, but miss the real target of reform: social care.
There is talk of a “Covid-fascist state”. What does any decent person do when confronted by a fascist state? He takes up arms against it.
Our Cabinet League Table. Truss is still top, Johnson is up again – and Kwarteng comes straight in at fourth.
The Brexit deal bounce in our final survey of last year has left little room for a vaccine bounce in the first survey of this one.
Eighty-five per cent say that the Union is either very or fairly important to them. Our findings are almost exactly the same as six months ago.
…In Scotland, if the Tories can’t win themselves, as the lesser of two evils. Thereby putting the Union before party advantage.
Our survey finds further evidence that Party activists are swinging back behind the Government over Covid
At 47 per cent, just short of half of those who gave a view, support for Ministers’ lockdown timetable is up by over ten points.
As Johnson put it yesterday: “we can’t think of this just as a project for us and us alone”.
Our survey. Johnson’s vaccine bounce. Over three in five party members believe he’s handling Covid well.
That’s the first time he’s cleared 50 per cent since August – and only the third time in a year that his score on this question has risen.
The Union needs a cultural case to walk in step with the material one – Project Love, not Project Fear. Which means looking to the future.