The single most important thing for right-leaning outsiders to understand is that boards don’t control most of a firm’s political comment.
Far from Notting Hill
Asked who is to “blame” for children falling behind, most parents blame “the pandemic” rather than the Government.
James Frayne: If we don’t have a union with Scotland, it won’t be the end of the world for the English
From Brexit, to the vaccine rollout, to trade, to Hong Kong, Johnson has plenty of good stories to tell – if not blown off course by Scotland.
It shouldn’t need stating, but clearly does, that the spectrum as we think of it has zero resonance with the public.
It’s already about more than narrow questions of governance – and should expand to cover the role clubs play in local communities.
Despite the recent bad press, the overall numbers suggest the institution is probably here to stay.
To make ‘global Britain’ work, ministers will need to do more to defend British companies against politically-motivated attacks.
I don’t think it will lead to a serious drop in support – but officers will likely not have the same benefit of the doubt after the next such incident.
It’s a dangerous game, relying solely on polling to judge the state of public opinion: it never tells the full story.
James Frayne: The 0.7 per cent. Polling suggests that the Tory rebels should aim to bring it back later – not save it now.
The danger for them of not striking a deal now is that a vote on bringing the target back will be an even harder battle to win later.
James Frayne: A clear majority of people think the police do a good job – but want them to be tougher enforcing lockdown
Polls very strongly suggest the public are much more irritated with the police not enforcing basic rules with greater severity.
This is a good moment for targeted, well-justified interventions, but creating lots of new losers through sweeping hikes would be insane.
James Frayne: Migration control, NHS spending, boosting growth – and a reworked foreign policy. Four post-Brexit priorities for Johnson.
The Prime Minister’s Leave campaign promised that things would be better when we left the EU. So he must therefore prove it.
The Government can do a lot in a short space of time. A key question should be: how do we make these towns nicer places to live?
There is no reason a green agenda can’t be a winner in the Red Wall, but not if it’s just the usual bundle of middle-class concerns.