Plus: More Ronseal, please. And: If the Treasury wants to flick multiple V-signs at blue collar voters, it will put up fuel duty.
Plus: Is a stronger Labour Leader better for the Conservatives? And: Amazing Amazon advertising.
We must explain the reasons for doing what we do – not just say what we do. Plus: ladders, CCHQ’s proposed move..and back to Education.
I have lost count as to how many Tories I have recently met who assume that we will be in power for the next ten to fifteen years. That worries me.
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.
Plus: The disaster zone is in the way that children with special educational needs are educated.
Plus: We Conservatives have a chance to unite, but don’t take an election win for granted. And: the radicalism of Gavin Williamson.
Plus: The life-wrecking scandal of Permitted Development Rights. And: Time for a tot of R.U.M – (Policies that are Retail. Understandable. Memorable.)
Robert Halfon: Skills, social justice, standards, and support for teachers. A four-part manifesto for the new Prime Minister.
By extending the ladder of opportunity to those who currently lack it, e can ensure the next generation climbs it.
Raising national insurance, fewer “sin taxes”, public sector pay rises, more schools spending – all are part of his programme.
We must tackle causes of poverty, not symptoms: educational failure, worklessness, family breakdown, debt, addiction, disability, exposure to crime, poor housing.
Amongst the hopefuls, he fares best on account of his competence, his ability to handle Brexit, manage the economy and unite the country.
My Harlow constituent described her life as having been served a “lifetime sentence” of psychological and emotional torment.
Robert Halfon: Does May’s selfish machine care at all about the Party’s future – or the thousand plus councillors who lost their seats?
We are heading towards a 1997-type defeat unless we make fundamental and radical changes to our machinery and to our policies.
Instead, the Party must demonstrate how the Labour leader as Prime Minister would raise living costs and damage public service.