The author recounts how, despite the opposition of John Major and Conservative MEPs, he kept Boris Johnson on the candidates’ list.
Posts Tagged: David Cameron
Bim Afolami: MPs’ plight. Trolls, terrorists and thugs account for much of it. But some our problems are of our own making.
We need to stand up for the value of Parliament and of spending time there improving and working on legislation.
Profile: Nadine Dorries, Johnson loyalist. A splash of colour amidst a grey landscape. And promoted by him for precisely that reason.
She shares with him the ability to throw opponents off balance – and a commitment to levelling up.
Andrew Bowie: Cameron, and his modernising agenda, inspired my generation. Who or what will inspire the next one?
Conservatives must reach out, listen and engage much more with young people.
The Chancellor is damned if he yields to backbenchers’ demands for bailouts – and damned if he doesn’t.
His biggest strength now is that to a mass of people who don’t follow politics he is a Given, A Fact – like Thatcher, Blair or the weather.
Helen Barnard: As the Conservatives’ annual conference looms into view, has the party forgotten families?
Ministers should grasp the nettle on living standards, reform childcare and encourage employers to help family life.
The country’s Prime Minister is a classic cakeist – berating the EU on the one hand, but not seeking to leave on the other.
Local pride in towns like Blyth is wounded at every turn by evidence of neglect, shoddiness and former greatness.
Profile: Michael Gove – denied a great office of state once again. But given work on which Johnson’s future now depends.
Part of the charm of the new Housing Secretary is that one never quite knows what he is going to do next.
The Labour leader found, as did Howard, Cameron and May, that it is very difficult to control Johnson’s animal spirits.
Among them are: what does he do about economic policy? Who runs Downing Street? And: what about the Home and Foreign Offices?
If the Treasury gets its way, the Chancellor will score a big victory. But Ministers should watch for Labour stealing their thunder over taper rates.
What’s likely to follow the setting-up of Johnson’s special scheme along the lines of Cameron’s Syrian one.
The most important quality for the next Secretary of State, I would have thought, is as a problem-solver/fire fighter.