In this new political battle, the greatest tension will not be left v right or even fiscal
doves v economic hawks. It will be a battle between creativity and convention.
Labour is banking on our innumeracy. I don’t say that they are taking us for fools. Plenty of clever and educated people can’t process numbers on that scale.
And, the Chancellor notes in his Bolton speech, that excludes 59 Labour policies “which don’t have enough detail for us to cost fairly”.
I am arguing that there is some limited space for radical candour with the electorate on the difficult choices facing the country in the 2020s.
Let me give seven examples of principles that most Conservatives would support. I struggle to reconcile them with those pursuing a No Deal Brexit at any cost.
Bowman and Westlake’s policy ideas are perfectly compatible with this end, but pitching them as a city and town agenda risks creating a false impression.
Former Government advisers see an opportunity to steer the party towards a “bigger government” vision for the party they’ve always spoiled for.
We must tackle causes of poverty, not symptoms: educational failure, worklessness, family breakdown, debt, addiction, disability, exposure to crime, poor housing.
Sky Data’s numbers suggest that there is no public agreement on how to bear the large costs of the proposal.
Lots of people want to know what the next Prime Minister will do for the country on everything other than Brexit.
In St Albans and North Warwickshire a less draconian approach has proved effective. The Government wants others to follow suit.
The man his critics call the ‘Viktator’ has two new policies – one a gimmick, one deeply sinister.
It’s not hard to find reasons to be frustrated with the Government, but we are still delivering for the British people.
The Treasury should not simply accept the growth figures given by the OBR, but seek to raise them.
But although the era of austerity is coming to a close, we are emphatically not rejecting the need for ongoing discipline with the public finances.