Plus: What Johnson was supposed to do about Iran from Number Ten that he couldn’t do from Mustique is mysterious. I imagine that it has phones and the internet.
Also: Struggle to succeed Corbyn puts spotlight on Labour divisions over Scotland; and Jack has even more reasons to refuse Sturgeon’s referendum demands.
The parents we have most consistently let down are those we have not empowered to demand more for their children. That must change.
Daniel Hannan: Revolutionary Iran is a threat to our national security – not just regional stability. It must be confronted and defeated.
During the years when the West sought to draw Iran back into the comity of nations, the ayatollahs backed terrorist bombs, cyberattacks, and drone shootings.
“Bad management” or “the wrong skills” or “incompetent people” are held up as the root cause of bad government.My central gripe is that I doubt this is true.
Getting a deal on the future relationship in a mere 11 months will be challenging, but it is not impossible.
Howard Flight: What Johnson should do next. Including dealing with that socialist creation, the BBC.
I suggest the necessary first priority is to sort out the Stamp Duty mess. I would like to see it abolished on residential property.
Richard Holden: The Red Wall. My part in its downfall. How I won North West Durham – Labour since its creation.
We need to build long-term trust to hold seats like this one. We can win again – but we must deliver.
Plus: The landslide that few dared to predict. How I once tried to become Monmouth’s MP. And: Happy Christmas to all my readers
The Party actually gained ground in both nations – but the Scots were overtaken by a Nationalist surge, whilst the Welsh were not.
A separate department was right for the stable, hopeful 1990s. But the years have presented various challenges for which it is less well-suited.
As the Prime Minister said, many people have lent us their vote, and they won’t be so generous next time if we get it wrong.
The Prime Minister was right to say many voters have only ‘lent’ us their votes. We must now earn that trust, by ensuring the benefits of life in a post-Brexit Britain reach all communities.
Neil O’Brien: Policies for a new Britain – in which the central point for new Tory MPs is the moors on the edge of Sheffield
Can have a bold enough economic policy that people in these newly gained seats can see the difference in five years’ time?
The Welsh Political Barometer, for example, forecasts a great night for the Conservatives. They can’t both be right.