The issue is a case study in where power lies in this country.
James Frayne: First, they encourage us to switch to diesel. And now they want to charge us for it. What planet are these politicians on?
You can’t encourage people to take what are described as virtuous acts, only to punish them later financially.
This is probably a conversation that needs to take place between political staff on either side of the Atlantic.
Too many politicians now treat diplomacy as an arena for domestic culture wars, but must recognise how ineffective, and harmful to our national interest, that can be.
She is uninterested in playing the traditional Westminster game in which policies are presented as the final word from governments.
She needn’t to give a blow-by-blow account of the negotiations, but better communication would put any departure turbulence in its proper context.
James Frayne: The Davos crowd’s global outlook means it has lost any understanding of national movements
They see one global trend when in fact there are many different national shifts underway.
The Prime Minister can afford to play down ideology, safe in the knowledge that the contrast with the Opposition is greatly in her favour.
Its members don’t immerse themselves in the deep subject knowledge required for policy development and giving ongoing advice to politicians.
James Frayne: We’re taking back control of trade – so it’s time politicians learned what voters think about it
Very soon this will become a central electoral issue.
She must deal with him on security and trade. But a close personal relationship could harm her standing in the rest of the world.
There’s no need for panicked action: new legislation is coming in, the right signals are going to the electorate, and as few potential converts are being alienated as possible.
Britain lacks a shared moral confidence. This aids our enemies.
Limiting the Prime Minister’s public interventions is wise, but it will backfire if Departments don’t step in to provide material fleshing out her agenda.
If we can’t afford defence, what can we afford?