Post-Covid, the environment is likely to be egalitarian and interventionist. For libertarian, small state Eurosceptics, this must come as a disappointment.
Sitting in a park is selfish, but organising a mass demonstration in a park is wonderful, and schools should still stay closed. Seriously?
But these demonstrations, which cannot uphold social distancing, will have a catastrophic impact on our collective fight against the virus.
A limited suspension is one thing, lasting change would be another. And so often, nothing is so permanent as the temporary.
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.
The great Parliamentarian then spoke to his colleagues from the heart. “Some Members wept,” Channon noted.
Plus: My video tour of my bookshelves and why I won’t indulge editors. Three times in the last few days I’ve said no to them.
Johnson’s task is to hire the right people and back them as long as they are getting things done, no matter who they offend in the process.
No guilt attaches to Boris Johnson, unless by betraying the industry a second time he chooses to endorse and embrace that earlier guilt.
One can conceive of Ministers seeking an all-party public front, and Labour objecting to responsibility with no power.
There were plenty of Yes Minister routines and scripts to live through then as now. Much of the system did not like the privatisation programme.
If Britain joined in a moment of self-doubt, it voted out as a confident, self-assured, optimistic, outward-looking and independent nation state.
The second piece in our mini-series on the road to Brexit explores the challenges which the anti-EU movement overcame to survive and then thrive.
As a former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, I am uneasy about the bail-out of Flybe. Every time a private business is bailed out by the taxpayer, the pressure grows.
This new government seems to want to concentrate its energies on giving Britain a cutting edge. Will it succeed where others have failed?