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.
Robert Halfon: Labour, Corbyn – Kim Jong-un, for that matter. I’ll talk to anyone, anywhere to ensure that Brexit takes place.
We can choose either to vote idealistically or for the least worst option, given the current political realities. Politics must be the art of the possible.
It would increase our power to control freedom of movement, plus our laws and finances – and deliver on the referendum result.
All I am trying to do is give impetus to a national conversation about how our education system should prepare our young people for the future.
Robert Halfon: Thatcherism was wrong. We need to build social as well as economic capital. Including in our schools.
Educational traditionalists are wrong to believe that if we focus on academic rigour and high standards alone, everything else will fall into place.
With gangs on our streets and knives in our schools, this is too big a societal issue to look at purely through the lens of our education system.
Plus: We must be the Party for social housing as well as home ownership. And: why don’t we trumpet our history of social reform?
Robert Halfon: A new, magical Conservative leader with presents for all? Sorry – I don’t believe in Santa Claus.
Plus: Bad Tory language. Cutting VAT, Good Conservative news for workers. And: a second referendum – not a People’s Vote but a Cheater’s Vote.