It is mistaken to believe that the British people are collectively optimistic, happy-go-lucky, and modernity-obsessed – and on the same wavelength as those that are.
Far from Notting Hill
James Frayne: Cross-party co-operation over Brexit is initially popular, but it will swiftly sour in practice
Everyone likes the sound of it – so long as they believe it is going to deliver their preferred outcome. Already Tory poll ratings are visibly on the slide.
James Frayne: “Vote for change and Chuka” is laughable. The new party’s candidates come straight out of central casting.
Change UK are not the problem for the Conservatives. Rather, it is their own change narrative is ultimately weak.
James Frayne: Yes, voters are nervous about No Deal. None the less, they simply want the Government to get on with leaving.
It’s hard to see how the Conservatives can sustain their electoral position by U-turning on Brexit. Its core vote will surely completely collapse.
James Frayne: The public’s views on sex and relationships education are more nuanced than you might imagine
If it is framed through the prism of tolerance and anti-bullying, most people support it. But there are still political pitfalls.
The long and short of it is: it ought to damage Labour more, but there are dangers for the Tories none the less.
Few actually agree with him, but a surprising number say they admire his decisiveness and strength.
James Frayne: The angry stereotype of Leave voters was false – but blocking Brexit risks making it true
Last week’s Question Time audience in Derby delivered a warning shot when they cheered the prospect of No Deal.
Specifically for anti-Brexit politicians, the path to creating such a party lies firmly on what we think of as the Left;
Let us hope not. It’s unlikely, but not completely impossible. The Government must battle four trends to reduce the risk.
She certainly starts from a difficult place. But all is not completely lost.
Over the last couple of years in groups I’ve run, people have become simultaneously more obsessed about the service and more concerned about waste.
James Frayne: The route to a Conservative election victory lies through Middlesbrough, not Canterbury
That doesn’t mean the Party needs to move right; on the contrary, it means accommodating on issues such as the NHS.
Public health and environmental health look the likeliest sources. Shifting everyone to the equivalent of PAYE and taxing the biggest businesses must also be targets.