His ‘Contract with the People’ makes an effort to stake out some new territory for the People’s Army, but he faces an uphill climb.
We unleashed Nick Timothy on the world as a columnist. Meet the husband-and-wife combo of Rachel Wolf and James Frayne.
Focused on winning rather than ideology, it nonetheless has one striking continuity with the 2017 document it rejects – the targeting of Just About Managing voters.
In 2017 the Party remained inflexibly committed to an excessively aggressive campaign. CCHQ has learned lessons, but must not fight the last war.
The campaign, week three. There is a danger of Conservative expectations getting ahead of the electoral facts
One way of thinking about this election is as a kind of slot machine. It must turn up three lemons, as it were, for the Conservatives to win big.
Put the commitment to an NI cut alongside the shelving of a corporation tax one, and one finds one of the Downing Street adviser’s main preoccupations.
Character assassination displaces comprehension, and so damages those who engage in it.
The first leaders TV debate. Why a draw was always going to be a win for Johnson. And that is what he got.
In football terms, Johnson played a high press and Corbyn relied on counter-attack. Neither scored.
Selections. How activists find themselves crushed by the attritional, grinding juggernaut of the Party machine.
CCHQ itself is also a victim of what it has helped to create. Here’s a way forward that should be acceptable to all.
The CBI provided the stage for the Prime Minister, but he treated them mean to keep a very different audience keen.
First, he must be seen to win it. Second, any such victory must cut through to voters. Third, it must not be eclipsed by a Johnson victory in further TV head-to-heads.
In this marginal seat there is as yet no sign of an SNP surge, and they may just be losing support to Labour too.
Childcare policy should support all parents with children – not just those who work in the labour market
By putting money into the hands of parents, in effect, such help would help to drive the demand for childcare of all kinds, formal and informal.
The relative downsizing of election news is likely to freeze the current campaign in aspic. That ought to help the party which leads in the polls.
Despite early talk, the Prime Minister’s foes have not adopted a common policy, strategy, or branding and are thus fighting forlorn individual battles.