An effective umpire must command the confidence of both sides with regard to both its impartiality and its basic competence. At present, it doesn’t come close.
Nick Hargrave: Yes, I compiled an attack dossier on Johnson. But at best, there’s a real purpose to opposition research.
It works best when painting a substantive contrast on issues that voters care about. And here are four strategic choices for the Conservatives.
Last week, I sowed wild bird seed mixtures so that, in the spring, some of our fields will be ablaze with nectar plants and buzzing with insects once more.
His TUC account of the harm that some businesses can do should be balanced by one of the good that more do – and by projecting a personal theology of wealth creation.
Iain Dale: Will May challenge her critics to put up or shut up – and herself get a confidence ballot staged?
Plus: John Lewis blames Brexit. Juncker gets a drink. BBC stasis at Question Time and PM. And: Trump can’t emote.
Let’s have each local store publish its waste levels to help consumers choose where to shop. And let’s have food manufacturers publish their waste levels too.
And why the liberal idea of journalism is so wrong.
The immediate effect of the election will be a period of fraught negotiation, but it might not be a bad change in the long-term.
Theresa Villiers: The ERG’s solution to the Irish border opens the door to a wide-ranging free trade agreement
Now we will find out if the EU really is seeking practical progress, or if it is cynically exploiting the issue as a way to seek leverage.
Davis, Hinds, Brokenshire, Hancock, Clark, Wright – ConHome’s full Party Conference fringe programme is now live
Speakers include eight Secretaries of State, the Mayor of the West Midlands, and many more.
Rebecca Lowe: The Conservatives and women. The Tory electoral challenge has more to do with age than gender.
Rather than wasting time with forays into positive discrimination, the Conservatives should weight the merits of various forms of increased flexibility at work.
Pro-Brexit MPs weighed a no-confidence vote in Theresa May yesterday evening. But the essential case against one remains unchanged.
They are a stealth tax on the sick, the vulnerable, on families, and our hard-working NHS employees. And nearly 50 per cent of hospitals charge blue-badge holders.
This is a robust, Conservative policy that enhances the stability of our society by encouraging and supporting prudent financial decision-making.
How the far left uses a feedback loop to shut down people in the short term – and ideas in the long.