It would be a mistake for the Conservatives to even try to recruit him. Instead, they should follow his lead of thinking – and saying – the unsayable.
Posts Tagged: David Willetts
Our survey. Are Tory members shifting towards backing tax rises? They divide over one to help fund the NHS.
41 per cent say spending should rise further and be funded by a specific hike, while 44 per cent oppose the idea.
In his second piece on Higher Education, the former Universities Minister looks at how they might be tweaked – and why the alternatives are reactionary, expensive or both.
Universities. The Conservatives will be “stepping up our speaker programme”. Here are some suggestions.
Boles isn’t as well known as the star of our Moggcast, but he is well-briefed, independent-minded and can make waves.
The Universities Minister takes on Lord Adonis, and insists the new regulator will control pay by insisting on transparency and the right benchmarks.
The former minister upholds tuition fees, points out that these are good for the poor, and attacks academic resistance to competition.
George Freeman: We need a new Chairman and team at CCHQ to lead a radical programme of Conservative renewal
Let’s have Policy Board outside of the constraints of the Government machine – and a commission on what Britain should look like post-Brexit.
It is doubtless bad manners to ask, on day two of his new job, what he will do next. But posing the question and trying to answer it is irresistible.
The first piece in our mini-series on reducing the deficit explores ideas from addressing ‘grey welfare’ to closing Whitehall departments.
Macmillan’s efforts succeeded because Churchill backed him fully. The Communities Secretary is not in the same happy position with May.
Hammond, Green, the Work and Pensions Select Committee – even Clegg. All agree that it needs reviewing at least. And not before time.
How the Conservatives are rebuilding their links with the Republicans – and will work with America’s President-elect
After a long chill, relations between the sister parties are thawing.
The fortunes of those older sons provided capital for investment. And it was that capital, applied to invention and ingenuity, which made the industrial revolution possible.
A university degree is perhaps the best conduit for social mobility.
Led by former Treasury officials, this think tank has placed itself at the heart of the argument about how to help the low-paid.