We know how difficult it was to lose millions of manufacturing jobs – let us beware of inadvertently accelerating the same process for services jobs.
While we know it delivers good outcomes for biodiversity, the benefits for farmers, communities and the local economy have been less well-documented.
The more radical his plans are, the more resistance there will be. But one can’t serve up a municipal omelette without breaking eggs.
The Green Home Grant Scheme wasn’t ambitious enough – and their willingness to give up on it speaks volumes.
The OBR’s horrid forecasts of an output implosion and soaring unemployment will do nothing to quell Tory resistance to tougher Covid tiers.
There is deprivation and lower educational attainment in the southern new towns, coastal communities, inner cities and rural coldspots.
Most Tory MPs will be seeing large increases in the housing targets for their seats, while many Labour MPs see their local targets reduced.
We owe farmers a mass thank you for their sterling efforts in fuelling the nation at this crucial time – and there are policy lessons to be learnt.
I’m acutely aware that in our rural communities, where we are a few weeks behind major cities, knowing someone in hospital is more rare.
Whilst I find the present curtailment of my personal right to roam frustrating, I reluctantly sympathise.
Social distancing in a crowded urban park is ceaseless effort; on a rural stroll, effortless. Yet Derbyshire Police insist that we confine ourselves to the former.
Ever since the EU referendum, there’s been renewed focus on how to help poorer places. Helpfully there is decades of evidence about what does and doesn’t work.
If he is looking for a legacy beyond Brexit, then ‘rural proofing’ all government policy would be a good place to start.
The Party cannot be one of the South and of the countryside if it is to engage with voters – and to win.
Britain Beyond Brexit, a New Conservative Vision for a New Generation, is published today by the CPS.