Dacre has said that he “would die in a ditch defending it as a great civilising force”, and Moore grasps the Corporation’s original Reithian mission.
Luke Stanley: With rising unemployment, Ministers should look beyond work-related paths out of crime – to families
Research has found that offenders visited in prison by their family were less likely to reoffend within a year of release than those who were not.
He has a good eye for political openings, and Labour’s woes might have created a space for an avowedly left-wing, pro-UK figure.
David Gauke: Johnson’s Covid policy – and why it’s opening up a rift between him and his traditional Tory supporters
If he is to take the necessary steps to get a Brexit deal (and I hope he does), he is going to have to defy those instincts on a second issue, too.
Sunak said yesterday that “our lives can no longer be put on hold”. But that’s just what Johnson’s ready to do if he thinks it necessary.
So like his other big financial statements to date, his one yesterday had a strikingly provisional air.
Iain Dale: We all want our city and town centres to return to normal. But that isn’t possible at present, so we must get used to it.
Plus: Johnson’s future. When I went to a party with a shotgun and live cartridges. And: am I Diane Abbott’s maternal grandmother?
Raghib Ali: Covid-19. The pluses and minuses of the Government’s new plan – and why there should be no more lockdowns.
The Government’s cost-benefit analysis showed that the impacts of the lockdown were greater than those of the direct Covid-19 deaths.
If we follow Spain and France, and test and trace doesn’t improve, the mood on the Tory backbenches is likely to shift towards a Sweden-style solution.
Profile: Graham Brady, who played a quiet part in deposing May, and now keeps a watchful eye on Johnson
The Chairman of the 1922 Committee’s Executive is an enemy of rule by decree and a stern upholder of parliamentary scrutiny
From working with Lithuania to enable gas pipelines, to relaxing visas for Belarusians, there’s much we can do to put pressure on Lukashenko’s regime.
Kevin Hollinrake: Replacing council tax and stamp duty should be part of the roadmap for a fairer Britain
The former, in particular, is exacerbating social inequalities. Instead, we need a proportional property tax.
Covid. Mass lockdowns v a Swedish option is a flawed choice. But if Ministers can’t make mass testing work, it’s the one we’ll have.
More tests, quick tracing, quarantine and mini-shutdowns if necessary (not the closure of whole cities and metropolitan areas) are the best-in-class solution.
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James Sunderland: The Prime Minister has said he’s willing to see our armed forces back up the police. But there’s much more they can do.
Those sitting at Number Ten may wish to be reminded that they are ready, willing and able to redeploy at unlimited liability.
Plus: by stealth, under the cover of Covid-19, Starmer is changing the Labour Party to one based on social democracy, rather than red-blooded socialism.