There is a handful of Ministers who unfortunately display two or three of these signs. They know who they are – and so does Theresa May.
Westminster is streets ahead of most boardrooms in dealing with intense media scrutiny.
Is it interested in reforming to tackle its long-term problem? Will it let deals be held to ransom by Spain and Wallonia? Will it finally start taking security seriously? The next few years will tell us.
As observant Christians approach minority status, public figures might become more willing to highlight the plight of believers abroad.
Ultimately, happiness derives from things outside the state’s control. To the extent they can, politicians should encourage businesses that deliver them.
The Office of American Innovation might never get going, given Trump’s chaotic style, but the concept is a good one.
His time as an MP is surely coming to an end, but Conservatives will miss the former Chancellor’s enthusiasm for technology and global competitiveness.
If politicians will create a big, interventionist state, then voters will expect them to manage it on a full-time basis.
And there are other policies she could pursue. More nurseries in primary schools. Tougher school discipline. Longer sentences for child abuse.
Everyone needs to be prepared for the hugely difficult times that we now face.
May and Hammond are right to prioritise the working class, but an attack on small traders and self-starters is only going to alienate them – and many more besides.
From business rates to car insurance, errors are being made.
It’s comforting for leaders to imagine that they can either have a direct line to voters or that they can let their actions speak for themselves – but it’s a fallacy.
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Voters in seats outside London and the South-East need to be forced to think about the Tories in a different way.
Ministers and their advisers can actually focus on their executive function, rather than incessant communication and rebuttal.