There is much more to politics than an affordable state and competitive taxes. But both will be indispensible for survival, let alone prosperity, after we leave the EU.
Plus: Hammond’s blunder. Peers’ folly. Stephen Hawking is not, repeat not, controlled by MI5. And: my inner Mary Whitehouse meets Katie Hopkins’ slack vagina.
Only a constitutional referendum lock, safeguarded by the Queen, can protect us from the left-wing coalition that could take power in 2020.
Little wonder, then, that almost three-quarters of them are opposed to Theresa May seeking a snap election.
The second piece in our pre-Budget series on how to eliminate the structural deficit.
It is possible that the Party may end this new year in a weaker position than before the 2015 election if CCHQ doesn’t act quickly.
The list of at-risk MPs includes veterans, rising stars and even a shadow cabinet member.
The Chancellor suggested that thoughtful politicians incline to one. But the more thoughtful one is about it, the more problematic it looks.
We present dismissible projections drawn from last June’s results…and some electoral trends that are not so dismissible.
Plus: Is President Trump a good thing or a bad thing? And how do you rate the performance of each Cabinet minister?
The balance of the argument is against one as matters stand. But May will have no alternative but to go to the country if Parliament frustrates Brexit or her negotiation.
And on Brexit, as one who campaigned for In, I say we should get on with it, and avoid the one outcome that is infinitely less preferable to Leave or Remain: limbo.
Matters might reach a point at which although Brexit is not blocked, orderly government becomes impossible.
Now that Labour have chosen Corbyn to be their candidate for Prime Minister, it’s the time to start making the fundamental choices between the two parties visible.
It’s difficult to reconcile the Prime Minister’s evident ambitions with the realities of her circumstances – and not obvious she’s trying to.