Only one in three Party members, according to our poll, are unambiguously lined up behind the idea.
It is no secret that some senior civil servants in the Foreign Office do not share the Prime Minister’s commitment to implementing the Truro Recommendations.
Marcus Walker: We may want to Get Christmas Done, but we can’t. Not properly. Because the bonds of love won’t let us.
What’s happening in our little platoons at home is a microcosm of what’s happening in our nation.
Cynical and non-Christian though some of us may be, Leavers should take the point. Christmas is a sign that joy can break out. Just when it’s least expected.
Alistair Lexden: The origins of One Nation – now in fashion once again within the Conservative Party
If Boris Johnson now gives real political substance to what has become an overused catch-phrase, he will recreate the Tories in the image of “ Honest Stan” Baldwin.
Defeat. Defeat. Defeat. Defeat. Defeat. Defeat. Defeat. Defeat. Defeat. Defeat. Defeat. Defeat…Total Complete & Utter Victory.
Not being white remains the number one demographic predictor of not voting Tory.
Having misjudged their message, their methods, and their moment, it is astonishing the extent to which the self-styled moderates squandered their resources.
Tom Tugendhat: The three foreign policy actions that Johnson should take now that he has this huge majority
For the first time in decades the levers of British influence – defence, diplomacy, aid and trade – could sit alongside domestic efforts in education and infrastructure.
Johnson’s opponents must avoid the error of supposing it is enough to demonstrate, at least to their own satisfaction, that he is a bad person.
Plus: The landslide that few dared to predict. How I once tried to become Monmouth’s MP. And: Happy Christmas to all my readers
Lee Rowley: North East Derbyshire was a forerunner of this election victory. Here’s what we did to win again.
For my colleagues who’ve smashed through the Red Wall – pick those bricks up and build anew.
Johnson – at a stroke, a bigger player in foreign affairs, because of his larger majority. But what does he want to do?
The scale of his domestic ambitions and the legacy of the Iraq War suggest that his ambitions will be limited – for the moment at least.
A separate department was right for the stable, hopeful 1990s. But the years have presented various challenges for which it is less well-suited.
I have known Jon for more than a decade, and I spent the past three years imploring him to be honest with people about the Labour leader.