The Conservative cause is meant to be about basic decency, fairness, justice, and an equal chance for all. The Party machinery doesn’t live up to those ideals.
The contrast with the waxing fortunes of the SNP illustrates the importance of knowing when to pass the torch.
Yesterday’s Lord Ashcroft poll casts light on its chances of winning Westminster seats – and on where Nigel Farage might stand.
Farage’s summer isn’t getting off to a good start – how might he try to regain momentum before it vanishes?
Plus: The shuffle I want. Brown flops. Why on earth do Conservative Governments pour millions into Liverpool? And: In memory of Andy Wilson.
Also: Jones overrules local preferences to give Welsh pre-eminence; Scottish Isles bid for more powers; and embattled NI21 leader receives sexual misconduct report.
Plus: What Salmond wouldn’t do if the BBC was on fire. Cable’s slow boat to China. How I voted. With a luvvie on Marr. An unconventional interview response. And: I’m staying!
The SNP made it their mission to demonise Farage’s party – they failed, and it’s a real blow.
Strong victories for strong leaders are usually the hallmark of a crisis, not of a successful country (which the UK surely is).
This was probably the most structured campaign we’ve run in recent times – direct contact was made with more than 90 per cent of all known Conservatives.
I would rather Boris was in Westminster North, Ilford North and, yes, Enfield North than Newark: we need him.
From illiberal liberals to the Daily Express, Nigel Farage to David Cameron, here are the factors that delivered UKIP’s success.
Arise Lord Callanan of Gateshead?
With a UKIP victory, a Lib Dem wipeout and another Miliband mess-up, what does this all mean?
My programme: Let grammars expand. Means-test incidental health costs. The Green Deal is a joke. Immigration is still a farce. Apologise for same sex marriage.