It will probe whether or or not Sunak can prepare the country for that future – and perhaps succeed Johnson himself, “one fine day”.
The best way of thinking about it isn’t to fix one’s gaze on direct subsidies, but to look wider – at our failure to turn British ideas into British prosperity.
They have existing infrastructure in place. But improved intercity transport is needed as well as building new homes.
The OBR’s horrid forecasts of an output implosion and soaring unemployment will do nothing to quell Tory resistance to tougher Covid tiers.
The sixth piece in a ConHome series this week on the Prime Minister’s Reset Moment – and what should follow from it.
I will be returning regularly to this theme: the need to create a mainstream English and Welsh majority from shore to shore.
How is it levelling up to concentrate new construction – and the associated infrastructure – in the South?
Plus: Johnson’s future. When I went to a party with a shotgun and live cartridges. And: am I Diane Abbott’s maternal grandmother?
Consequently, our third and most important priority is the vigorous pursuit of growth – set our country on a path of solid and sustained expansion.
Plus: On Last Night of the Proms, I get in touch with my inner Farage. And: On Brexit, it’s crunch time as the end of transition approaches.
Most Tory MPs will be seeing large increases in the housing targets for their seats, while many Labour MPs see their local targets reduced.
A major part of the problem is high tax rates driven by borrowing for higher education courses that they’d be better off not taking.
There is now no overall ‘white privilege’ in health or education or overall ‘BAME disadvantage’. These categories are outdated and unhelpful.
I hesitate to disagree with Daniel Finkelstein, but city growth has been powered more by smalltown commuters than flat-cap wearing uber-boheminans.
If, that is, interest rates carry on at rock bottom rates. But we have to take a chance on growing our way out of this crisis.