This can give the Tories a tremendous advantage in a democracy because the public, as a whole, does not have fixed views either.
“I think that would be a significant unlocking step and it would be very welcome,” he says.
The last Prime Minister to seize the centre ground and reduce the opposition to this kind of impotent anger was Tony Blair in his early years.
This rebellion had little in common with most others, but the names of many who oppose the Government now show a certain predictability.
The second of a ConHome series this week on the Prime Minister’s Reset Moment – and what should follow from it.
For too long, combating climate change has been characterised as a left-wing cause. But it is a battle that cannot be won without the Right.
If the public conversation about lives and livelihoods doesn’t change, we risk being trapped in semi-lockdown semi-permanently.
Nineteen Conservative backbenchers spoke against the policy. It’s doubtful whether a top-down targets system will pass the Commons.
Growing anti-lockdown sentiment among northern Labour mayors and councils offer him new opportunities – and dangers.
The Brady amendment is part of the developing story of a clash between leaders and backbenchers over Party management, culture and MPs’ status.
There’s a Covid-19 debate today, the Internal Market Bill tomorrow, a housing measure on Wednesday – plus maybe the Brady amendment.
Plus: incompetence, resignations, non-resignations, reputations, my holiday, Any Questions and Finkelstein’s book.
Johnson will almost certainly decide to tough it out. But he will have a big problem if school returns prove tricky.
We give you divorce reform, abortion law in Northern Ireland, citizenship rights for three million Hong Kongers, and the rainbow flag.
The Treasury has been welded at the top to Number Ten. Now there’s a push to do more of the same to the Office.