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.
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.
This Brexit Parliament has rejected every Brexit option – hard or soft. The only people who can now decide are the public themselves.
But he lists the good news and claims that it has “defied expectations and will provide the solid foundation that Britain needs to seize the opportunities of the future.”
Making Britain better post-Brexit will mean tough decisions about priorities. And that requires the Conservatives to know who their people are.
It’s not hard to find reasons to be frustrated with the Government, but we are still delivering for the British people.
The Chancellor has been fortunate that the public finances have improved substantially at a particularly convenient time.
He may eventually be able to construct a case for return which, while tortuous, would not be beyond the reach of his powers of persuasion.
In sum, Hammond said: vote for May’s Deal – or the economy gets it. But there’s more than one way of dicing the next election result.
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.
“Now we have reached a defining moment on this, long, hard journey. Opening a new chapter in our country’s economic history.”
In the final article of our mini-series, the Onward Director says that there must also be a new strategy to help boost Britain’s productivity rate.