Foreign policy is rarely at the centre of our politics, but the electorate are now likely to judge potential leaders in part on their stance towards the Kremlin.
One of the complaints that came up from the groups I ran – particularly from those from minority communities – is that some people get treated more leniently than others.
What’s more, to have any effect it would need to be part of a broader suite of interventionist policies – territory where Conservatives’ can never out-socialist Labour.
Vocational and technical education are key to changing lives, and hold the potential to change people’s votes, too. They should dominate the Government’s attention.
While polls show that clear majorities believe the aid budget to be too high, they continue to pour their own money into international development charities.
They might think him crass, or judge him to be over-reaching – but they haven’t come up with any equivalent ideas themselves. It’s time to announce some popular stuff.
In trying to maximise the Party’s vote share, it’s essential that a proper audit of these barriers takes place (and others will no doubt think of some I have missed).
Most people believe the main purpose of prison is to punish rather than rehabilitate, and overwhelmingly back tougher sentencing and an end to “early release”.
At best, people don’t think about the issue. But as soon as they do, they overwhelmingly support the ban. A vote would have been hugely damaging.
The idea that those now entering old age somehow had it easy is completely wrong. And so is the myth that they are intolerant and narrow-minded.
Too many corporate communications executives have more in common with left-wing Twitter activists than with their own customers.
Someone has to take control of the Government grid and plot a series of activities designed to reinforce each other and to build a positive narrative.
Gone is the Conservative certainty of reducing taxes to promote businesses’ own investment and growth.
It ought to be focused on those areas that the public really care about and where it can meaningfully offer useful policy ideas.
The allegations are dreadful, and must be dealt with, but the grim truth is that few people will be surprised by them.