Plus: The mystery of the missing Kwasi Kwarteng. The presence of the ebullient Brandon Lewis. The absence and recovery of Nick de Bois. Plus: Capita’s failures.
Amidst the wreckage this morning, there are a few points of light. But that cackling noise you hear from Kensington is George Osborne laughing his head off.
With sensible changes to things like direct payments and access to information, the new system can work better for everybody.
“He is the Red Adair of the administration – the middle-order batsman who, if the openers are out cheaply, ensures that the middle order does not collapse.”
The fourth piece in a five-part series on ConHome on a new Manifesto to Strengthen Families, which is being launched in Parliament this week.
Making the scheme more accessible and user-friendly would help, as would supporting unpaid internships, work experience placements and volunteering.
The campaign has exposed weaknesses in the CCHQ machine. A new broom is required. But May has sent for the old one.
A focus on children in isolation misses the need for stable families.
The Government is not only for the JAMs (Just About Managing), but now also apparently for the NAAMs (Not At All Managing).
The scheme I propose would do no more than blow away a small cloud, but this at least would show that something can be done to change the weather.
The Work and Pensions Secretary, sacked by Cameron, is back under May – and helping to reverse Osborne’s clampdown on welfare for working people.
Sadly, it was not uncommon to see people arrive in court who had stolen in order to get the food that they and their family needed to survive.
This is the right Minister in the right department. And though his room for manoeuvre is limited, he has a chance to make an impact on families policy.
Who wrote the chapter in the political rule book where it says you can’t care for folk and be a Tory?