It is entirely possible that the slide can only be arrested by change as radical now as the rise of monetarism and supply side economics were during the 1970s.
Gone is the Conservative certainty of reducing taxes to promote businesses’ own investment and growth.
Dublin is in danger of setting conditions that Westminster cannot meet. Instead, we must return to our historic willingness to navigate difficulties together.
The Chancellor has not suddenly changed who he is; he has carefully analysed the issues we face and plotted out a course of action to build a Britain fit for the future.
Plus: We need a Housing Minister who will do for new homes what Michael Heseltine did with development corporations in the 1980s.
Hammond tries to lure Stormont back to its feet with yet more powers; Scots Tories highlight Budget role; and more.
And here’s the thing: Banks knew it. Farage knew it. But they didn’t care. Their primary objective was to be seen to lead the campaign, not to win it.
A weakness in this book is that its support for nation states is predicated on disappointed economic necessity.
Cutting the cost of living. Building more houses. Protecting the NHS. Developing skills. A draft of the proposals Hammond should deliver.
That’s what Sarah Wollaston suggested on my show this week. Plus: my prison visit, sticking by your friends…and sticking with spending control in the Budget.
Also: Scottish Labour plunge into chaos again as interim leader resigns; Brokenshire threatens MLAs’ pay; MPs debate ‘indyref2’; and more.
The Saudi crown prince is in a hurry on every front – if anyone is advising him to take care, then he is certainly not listening to them.
The Opposition appear determined to undermine any hope of securing a good exit deal for Britain.
Her needs to deliver bold measures, but also show that he can read the politics and mood of the party and country.
It ought to be focused on those areas that the public really care about and where it can meaningfully offer useful policy ideas.