For the Conservatives to fulfil their promise of “levelling up” the UK, they must create ample employment opportunities.
Victoria Hewson: The law on gender and trans rights is confused and confusing – the Government must bring clarity
The culture wars over sex and gender are increasingly being played out in the courts, with insufficient regard for coherence or the intentions of legislation.
Neil O’Brien: The balance of power between economic and social conservatives may be shifting to the latter
We lost Putney, but gained loads of poorer seats in the north and midlands. That’s highlighted the tensions.
Let’s say that Patel did, on occasion, shout – or lose her temper. Should that really be deemed unacceptable?
Also: Carlaw and Johnson meet to discuss tweaks to the points-based immigration system; the SNP make trouble over the Irish Protocol; and more.
Managing various parallel negotiating tracks at the same time will be a complex task, but it must be done.
Coronavirus 2) Ryan Bourne: Beware it being used as a cover for promoting socialism and protectionism
A home-focused industrial policy hardly saved China from this epidemic. And openness and markets ensure diversity of supply – particularly in medicine and food.
Daniel Hannan: How the Conservatives rushed to condemn a Conservative conference – at the Left’s bidding
That the Guardian illustrated its story with a photograph of Kawcynski speaking in front of the Star of David did not seem to give anyone pause for thought.
The Enterprise Investment Scheme has a crucial role to play in helping British SMEs reach their full potential in the global market.
Bury, the West Midlands, Dudley and perhaps the Durham PCC polls are well worth keeping an eye on.
From the political perspective of the Government, there is a rather persuasive argument for ensuring the talks blow up. And the sooner the better.
Plus: Will Javid come back? Will Boris Island fly? Hazzer, formerly the Duke of Sussex. And: an ice bath in a Scandi forest.
Also: Government adopts mutually-exclusive positions on the Irish Protocol; Carlaw squares up to Johnson on immigration; and more.
The election delivered Conservative MPs located precisely in the industrial areas that are vulnerable to the government’s own policy of divergence.
Plus: More Ronseal, please. And: If the Treasury wants to flick multiple V-signs at blue collar voters, it will put up fuel duty.