James Frayne: An election is coming. Here are the messages – beyond Brexit – that the Conservatives need to win it.
The 2017 election contains a series of lessons, assuming that anyone is looking for them.
Only yesterday they rejected a confidence vote. Today, in characteristically Cummings style, they are compelled to contemplate one.
Today’s polls reveal some interesting things about the early days of Johnson’s premiership – and hint at the battles to come.
My blueprint will unlock millions of pounds of currently wasted funds, re-engage our members, and build on our strengths rather than just managing decline.
The strategist who has entered Downing Street, and the Brexiteer ‘Spartan’ who has opted to stay on the backbenches, have history and some shared qualities.
The NHS, the environment, childcare: the creative energies of Team Johnson must be poured into new policies for these.
Plus a sixth, less formal, question: are they ridiculous?
He knows that you don’t get to enact a vision for the country until you can thread it first with the fabric of your party.
Our approach, and our message, won the backing of communities which have previously only ever voted Labour. It can work elsewhere, too.
The International Development Secretary says “I’m sure we won’t” make that “mistake”, “but it is something a few of my colleagues are talking about”.
“If we fail to address the very real areas in which the capitalist system is failing – a long period of left-wing, socialist government is surely on its way.”
Six of the seven constituencies in the new tranche voted Leave in the referendum.
The Party’s new Deputy Chair says people are frustrated “with politicians as a whole” due to the Brexit delay.
It would be easy to complain about unrealistic Labour promises, or hope people will naturally switch allegiance as they age, but neither approach is good enough.
It is mistaken to believe that the British people are collectively optimistic, happy-go-lucky, and modernity-obsessed – and on the same wavelength as those that are.