I believe so – but nonetheless, the balance of risks, driven by economic and political trends, has definitely shifted.
David Gauke: Is Britain really set to become a low tax, less regulated, free trading, buccaneering country?
Despite a surprisingly liberal migration policy, the bulk of the post-Brexit evidence so far suggests not.
Iain Dale: Biden seems to forget his Defense Secretary’s name, and the media says nothing. Imagine if it had happened to Trump.
Plus: Piers Morgan wasn’t ‘cancelled’. And: We need a conversation on women’s safety.
Henry Hill: Swinney is saved, but Sturgeon’s grip on the Scottish Government hangs by a Green thread
New polls suggest the SNP may still be dependent on their separatist allies to hold on to power in Edinburgh after the upcoming elections.
Stephen Booth: Opportunities for an agile, creative Britain from Brexit – as spelt out by former Remainers
Lidington writes that “the UK has the potential to be world-leading in areas such as fintech, life sciences, artificial intelligence and genetic modification”.
Failing to implement – or even entertain the notion of – change helps no-one, aside from perhaps a handful who use the health service for cheap populism.
Robert Halfon: Conservatives must never be complacent about Starmer. The public mood can change quickly.
Plus: The Government will soon have to set out the tough decisions on public spending to constituents.
From the start, I have made it very clear that I am a Mayor for the whole region, not just ‘Greater Birmingham’.
Japan, Korea, Taiwan and now China, have all invested heavily in new technologies – through government support for new industries.
Iain Dale: The EU has no interest in Northern Ireland’s future prosperity. It just sees it as a mechanism to exert its power.
Plus: Say what you like about Trump, but he had a better slogan than Clinton. And: Sunak’s budget was disappointing.
Henry Hill: Frost’s appointment shows the Government is not resigned to the Northern Ireland Protocol
His extension of grace periods only makes sense as part of a strategy aimed at securing meaningful concessions to assuage unionist concerns.
Garvan Walshe: He promised “rupture” in France. Now Sarkozy, like his predecessor Chirac, is convicted of corruption.
It is a curiosity of French politics that in the reverse of the British pattern, right-wing scandals have to do with money while left-wing ones are about sex.
Daniel Hannan: There are clear problems with raising the minimum wage. But anger now trumps account-keeping.
Debates around this issue are conducted as if it were politicians’ own money at stake rather than taxpayers’.
Radical: Despite lockdown, the gender wars rage on. Here’s our round up of the biggest issues of the week.
One of the most striking developments was Mordaunt criticising the use of the word ‘woman’ in the Ministerial and other Maternity Allowances Bill.
It’s a dangerous game, relying solely on polling to judge the state of public opinion: it never tells the full story.