Those who still refuse to accept we’re really going to leave the EU are misreading the process, the politics, and the people.
The goals of the young Crown Prince are broadly in line with ours. But we should be urging calm thinking and cool heads.
In the best of all worlds, standards would be upheld voluntarily. But in the world we have, we seem to need rules – and sometimes to extend them.
Plus: How many letters has Brady had? The tragedy of the death of Carl Sargeant. And: introducing my new podcast with Jacqui Smith.
Also: Brokenshire challenges Brussels to find a ‘creative solution’ for Northern Ireland; Jones faces calls to quit after colleague’s apparent suicide; Salmond bids for control of anti-independence paper.
EU leaders – encourage by a rump of British Europhiles – are pursuing the fantasy that if they bully us enough, we might change our minds.
We cannot say the NHS is free at the point of access if people face extortionate fees to get to appointments or visit sick relatives.
A decision like leaving the EU had billions of causes: some of those were set in motion by happenings centuries ago, but none pre-determine what happens today.
James Frayne: Westminster’s reputation is already so poor that the harassment scandal won’t change voters’ opinions
The allegations are dreadful, and must be dealt with, but the grim truth is that few people will be surprised by them.
Nicky Morgan: Not appointing the first woman Chief Whip last week was a missed opportunity to demonstrate change
This means not bullying people into voting for the Government, and not making grown men and women cry.
Ashley Fox: I believe that there will be a Brexit deal. But Hammond must none the less use his Budget to prepare for the worst.
If the measures involved prove unnecessary, any money lost will be a fraction of the financial gains from having secured a mutually acceptable deal.
Plus: What it was like being gay and a Tory – and being sexually assaulted in the “Brief Encounter” – during the vanished world of the 1990s.
Self-determination always involves conflict. In some cases that is justified, a conflict of necessity. In others it is not.
The Government needs to announce a hit list of five to ten councils where they will intervene where the gap between delivery and target is greatest.
The Conservatives’ best chance of a majority is by winning over working class voters – who overwhelmingly and strongly oppose this daft policy.