A magisterial survey of conservatism since the French Revolution brings home how various it is, and how impossible to reduce to an ideology.
Perhaps the charge of opportunism won’t stick to Starmer, but the Tories are striving, with a vigour that’s been rare recently, to ensure that it does.
Iain Dale: Stop this utter selfishness and pathetic whinging about not having a normal Christmas to look forward to
Plus: After the kidnapping of this Christian girl, we should cut off aid to Pakistan. And: Muslims must face up the fact that terror is claimed in their name.
Matt Vickers: I know from experience why the retail sector matters. So have your say on rates today.
Ae consultation on the issue is taking evidence now – and terms of reference for a review will be published in the Budget.
Lord Ashcroft: “If Trump loses…he can run again.” My American election focus groups in Pennsylvania and Arizona.
“Trump lies a lot and Biden’s kind of not all there.” And it’s less than a week to go until voting day.”
He is averse to using numbers as the main instrument of control – perhaps viewing them as an arbitrary measure of success.
It’s important to have advisers, but “advisers advise and Ministers decide” – because the latter are accountable to the rest of us.
With her odd mixture of indiscretion and obedience, her contempt for liberal groupthink and love of freedom, she in many ways a useful ally.
Stephen Booth: The Brexit trade talks, the romance and realities of fishing, and its crucial importance for Scotland
Macron has been steadfast in his belief that the EU should stand firm on access to UK waters. He may be forced to compromise, however.
Furthermore, increasing global tensions make improving our defence capabilities essential.
Johnson’s troops are issuing declarations of intent in public. His success will depend on his ability to learn from mistakes.
Ryan Bourne: If you want to feed hungry children, don’t target food poverty. Aim to reduce poverty as a whole.
Together with tax cuts and less regulation, higher or more extensive benefits look like better support for hungry children than vouchers.
Publishing the figures will underline that Ministers are striving to be balanced. Never mind how it looks, though: better statistics will lead to better decisions.
Tobias Ellwood: The Government has helped to let Iran, a rogue state, off the leash. It’s time to rein it back in.
We should have supported an extension to the conventional arms embargo at the United Nations in August – and must back sanctions.
And that Biden would doubtless be a one-term president leaves a mass of unknowns about his candidacy.