It is rare to hear the defence establishment talking plainly about the need to protect Britain against external threats.
There is zero chance that the public are going to back any meaningful reform of the service any time soon.
I’d relax the limits significantly if not totally, but insist on near real-time transparency from campaigns over their permitted donors.
New polling shows that national identity is a strong, emotive force – but also that it remains poorly-defined.
Votes would come flooding back into UKIP and, perhaps more importantly, to independent candidates that campaign on the “You Lied” platform.
It would be easy, but mistaken, to take the path of least resistance and simply re-enact the dated Cameron ‘modernising’ agenda.
James Frayne: The most effective case against nationalisation is the one that neither MPs nor businesses want to use
The injection of the truth that it would mean politicians in charge of services is enough to make most people see sense.
James Frayne: Step one in showing provincial English voters more respect. Clear up this Customs Union mess.
Given that they saved the Party’s bacon, you would expect senior figures to say and do whatever it takes to keep them on side.
James Frayne: The Home Office is famously hard to run, but Rudd might have survived had she had a better grip on it
In my experience of departmental life, it will take at least six months before we can judge Javid’s management.
James Frayne: To contest big state ideas, small state conservatives need to get to grips with the detail
They must also rediscover the interests of the consumer – and be better at engaging working class voters on social issues.
James Frayne: Remain-voting ministers don’t understand voters’ views on immigration, and so wildly overcompensate
Aggressive Home Office measures appear to be designed by people who wrongly assume that illiberal ideas must appeal to the primitive desires of the masses.
They want to know that their political leaders aren’t racist or judgemental or stuck in a 1950s parody – but they aren’t interested in hearing about these ideas primarily.
Stop and search requires very careful and sensitive handling, but it’s hard to conclude that an increase isn’t warranted.
Here are just a few of the ways that I have seen work and that government should be adopting more broadly.
James Frayne: National security isn’t a priority for most voters. But here’s why it could matter at the next election.
It can be a proxy for “leadership” – and it offers the chance to further differentiate the party culturally from Labour.