While the responsibilities of government must be shouldered, there’s no doubting the need for a time of renewal – one as profound as in any period of opposition.
It continues to clear the deficit, prepare for Brexit, and back our businesses with the support they need to boost productivity.
For anyone with a mobile phone, it’s not rocket science to see why the Conservative Party is a decade behind in engaging people of my age.
It ought to be focused on those areas that the public really care about and where it can meaningfully offer useful policy ideas.
The guts of this Bill is about converting EU law, as it applies in the UK, into statute law as neatly as possible, creating the minimum of disruption. That is all.
We republish Andrew Gimson’s profile of the new International Development Secretary, who backs Brexit “and knows how to make a splash”.
Its poll rating is 40 per cent or so, the economy is growing, and an election isn’t due until 2022. A sense of perspective is essential – for all the Government’s weaknesses.
This means not bullying people into voting for the Government, and not making grown men and women cry.
To reduce investment in infrastructure or R&D is to take away from the future – just as surely as running up unsustainable debt does.
Most Tory MPs are male. Some don’t want a new complaints procedure – let alone two. Many feel vulnerable. This initiative brings new perils for the Prime Minister.
If the standard is as it now appears to be, May will have difficulty finding enough male Ministers to replace all those she will be required to sack.
Plus: What it was like being gay and a Tory – and being sexually assaulted in the “Brief Encounter” – during the vanished world of the 1990s.
One radical option would be a new DCLG housing fund that local authorities would be able to bid for, if they can show there is support for more homes in their area.
“The language should be that of giving people their chance to succeed and of being on their side – a “people politics” that many practice locally but which must be scaled up.”
A new report published by drug policy think tank Volteface sets out how the current policy has given rise to a multi-billion pound black market for an exceptionally problematic product.