One has to pinch oneself to remember that as recently as last July May was Prime Minister, Hammond Chancellor of the Exchequer and Gauke Lord Chancellor.
They want to defend their way of life, their basic freedoms, their human rights, all of which they see as increasingly threatened by Xi Jinping’s brutal regime.
Unbridled worship of the market, ahead of principle, responsibility and loyalty, would be a betrayal of our Party’s history.
If two men are in a car, and the passenger says to the driver: “Look out! You’re going to crash,” he is shouting out the second, not the first.
Plus: Which of Hancock’s Slags should I liaise with? I’m not known as “Uncle Herod” for nothing. And: Here’s hoping 2019 is happier than 2018.
China is disregarding its pledge of ‘one country, two systems’ – as a result the rule of law in the territory is under threat from growing autocracy.
He wouldn’t have let Cash and Fox, Johnson and Rees-Mogg seize the agenda. He would have fought Farage’s populism as he fought that of Powell.
As Patten says, the Joint Declaration gives us a specific responsibility to ensure that China’s promises are upheld – which we are not meeting.
“Thanks to the calamitous errors of two Conservative prime ministers in a row… we’re in this hell of a mess.”
John Major secured more votes than any other Prime Minister in unpromising circumstances – but ‘stretching the elastic of democracy’ would cost the Party dearly.
Lord Woolton (pictured right) was the greatest-ever, rebuilding the Conservatives after the war. But here are my favourite five.
Human rights should be at the very heart of foreign policy.
“Anything that Boris says you can find him saying the opposite only weeks or months ago.”
The free marketeers don’t like all his proposals, and quotas would lower standards. But many of his plans head in the right direction.
The row over the Prime Minister’s remarks about local Associations has been mostly concocted. But the need for Party reform is real. We open a ConHome series.