Lavish campaign spending does not guarantee electoral success. If it did, Brexit wouldn’t be happening. And Theresa May would now have a majority.
But a vote on some form of customs union is coming. Might it become a confidence issue?
If making a final decision seemed too risky for the Prime Minister, her deliberate indecision has now proved even more dangerous.
Fairly or unfairly, the pro-EU cause is already associated with elites. The arrival of the Withdrawal Bill in the Upper House will do nothing to diminish that impression.
The doom-mongers and nay-sayers grumble out of self-interest. Meanwhile, Brexit Britain is strong and set to grow stronger.
It’s not unreasonable to challenge the wilder hyperbole about leaving the EU.
Big business has become too reliant on the drug of cheap labour from abroad. It should start preparing to kick the habit now.
Having attacked EEA membership as a bad deal during the referendum, they now pretend it is a good idea in the hope of preventing Brexit.
It backed nationalisation in the ’40s. It opposed Thatcher’s economic policy in the ’80s. It supported the Euro in the ’90s. And now it wants Single Market membership.
On the anniversary of the EU referendum, the party leadership needs an audit of what went wrong this month, and a plan for the Tory future in this Parliament.
For all the chatter about the Customs Union, leaving the EU in full is still on course. But May’s bungled election has raised the chances of a disorderly outcome.
The harsh truth is that, nearly seven years into Conservative-led Government, we are still living beyond our means.
OECD analysis indicates that the cost of childcare as a percentage of income for a two-earner family is now the highest in the developed world.
We need sectoral centres of excellence that strengthen our economy, create higher wage jobs and help us trade across the globe.
The Prime Minister tells the CBI that not enough people feel that they share in the wealth created by capitalism.