Conservative governments can raise tax rates temporarily as part of a clear plan – which wasn’t the case with last week’s announcement.
We hope that Finn, Newman and the rest of the new appointees provide a fresh sense of direction and purpose.
At the final meeting of her Cabinet, a revived Iron Lady told members, during a coffee break, that “on no account must Heseltine be elected”
The big picture is that Johnson is dashing for growth. We devoutly hope it works but the precedents aren’t promising.
Javid’s resignation statement contained jokes but also warnings. “I’m a low-tax Conservative,” he said, and the Treasury “is the only tax-cutting ministry”.
As the final volume of the authorised biography appears, its author remarks that by the end, there was almost no one who could say: “Come on Margaret, stop it.”
Clarke delivered an attack which recalled Howe’s on Thatcher.
Progressive commentators and saloon-bar orators are wrong to condemn MPs for finding the national issue hard to settle.
William Keegan’s memoir describes with ebullient good humour how he covered half a century of bad news.
Though not as devastating as Sir Geoffrey Howe’s resignation statement, this one still pointed the Government on a new course.
In the final instalment of our new mini-series on families and tax, the authors explore how errors in the current arrangements might be fixed.
Caroline Slocock says the first woman Prime Minister, whose downfall she witnessed, deserves the admiration rather than the contempt of feminists.
Bonar Law’s words in 1922 apply to the present leader: “The party elects a leader, and that leader chooses the policy, and if the party does not like it, they have to get another leader.”
The Chancellor needs to help deliver the sense of direction so strikingly absent in Manchester last month, and indeed since last June’s election.
The Government needs to make a decision on our post-Brexit economic model, reinvigorate the Conservatives in office – and win the votes of the next generation.