The parents we have most consistently let down are those we have not empowered to demand more for their children. That must change.
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Rachel Wolf: I co-wrote this Conservative manifesto. And so can say that its focus was on neither the rich nor the poor.
To view Britain in such a way is to see a useless picture of the nation. Most people are Just About Managing. And they are our new voters.
Rachel Wolf: The Right is good at producing ideas. We need to get better at founding and running institutions.
Otherwise the Left will continue to dominate much of civil society and public life.
My local secondary schools were no-go areas and no one from my primary school went to one. That won’t be my children’s experience, and he can take a lot of credit.
Rachel Wolf: The Birmingham schools gay relationships row. Religious conservatives won’t like it, but government must take a stand.
You can’t ignore the existence of couples and families that you’ve actively supported in legislation.
Rachel Wolf: Would-be Prime Ministers should be wary of the long-term cost of short-term policy pledges
Campaigning through policy might be effective, but each promise made by a leadership candidate with little time for thought or research is a hostage to fortune.
Lots of people want to know what the next Prime Minister will do for the country on everything other than Brexit.
Good luck to every Conservative standing for election today. Let us hope that in future much more power is devolved to the roles you are competing for.
Rachel Wolf: Brexit agonies? Twitter pile-ons? Fanatical protesters? Put them in perspective. For all our troubles, we’re happier than ever.
Occasionally, though, we need to recognise warning signs – and they is in those areas where politicians’ control and the peoples’ attitudes truly overlap.
I’m naturally wary of the state interfering unnecessarily, but at minimum it is important to ascertain their whereabouts and that they really are being educated.
If we can’t think of anything that’s going to do real good, maybe we could act like true Conservatives for once – and choose to do nothing at all?
Rachel Wolf: How even the perception of a knife crime crisis will make good schools no go zones once again
In general, it is right that schools should remove children that are a danger to others and who are preventing other children from learning.
Rachel Wolf: On policy, it’s not the Independent Group that’s driven to the margins. It’s the Conservative Right.
The new group’s platform is not very inspiring. But its biggest problem is it they won’t be very different from the Conservatives’.
We need higher skill apprenticeships, a maths requirement at 16-19, and the GCSE level of English and maths to be a prerequisite for Further and Higher Education.