He isn’t perfect – and acclamation isn’t the ideal method. But the Conservatives face a crisis and must take action accordingly.
James Frayne: Voters want a brutal response to terrorists, but aren’t clear on the best way to combat extremism
Fears that the public are shifting towards aggressive, populist cultural policies targeted at Muslims are misfounded.
Other than saying, “the state should stay out of things”, they haven’t had much to say. This must change. They need to set out how they’d do things better.
Over the last year, I’ve set out a number of policy ideas designed to appeal to lower middle class voters. Here are some of them.
Those looking to find what she really stands for may one day get an answer. But the point for the here and now is: she seeks to dominate the mainstream.
Why spend money on grammars, rather than dealing with school overcrowding? And why back Trident rather than the Navy’s conventional fleet?
Of course taxes will be lower than under Corbyn. The question is whether they’ll be higher than they are now (already high).
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.