Opponents are fighting on different fronts – some arguing about whether to do anything while others arguing about who pays for what we do.
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It now needs to get real. This is clearly the plan in the next few months, starting with the Queen’s Speech tomorrow, leading to the Levelling Up paper.
Rachel Wolf: Johnson’s re-set choice. He can focus on the Just About Managing. Or go after Affluent Britain. But not both.
The manifesto path means doing things now. The Cameroon path relies on a public rejection of much said before. A vague agenda in the middle won’t cut it.
Rachel Wolf: Net Zero risks upending our lives and livelihoods. Here’s why carbon pricing gives it a better chance of working.
It doesn’t make grand predictions about what will work or what we should do. It just prices in the ‘bad’ – in this case, emissions.
Rachel Wolf: Achieving net zero will require massive changes to our lives – when is anyone going to tell voters?
If the Government does not communicate what is involved on its own terms, and soon, it risks inspiring a new political insurgency.
Rachel Wolf: My top tip for Labour leadership candidates – parties can’t win everywhere, and shouldn’t try
Try to please everyone and you end up pleasing nobody. Even Lisa Nandy, who seems more alert than most of her rivals, has fallen into this trap.
The parents we have most consistently let down are those we have not empowered to demand more for their children. That must change.
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.