The sixth piece in a ConHome series this week on the Prime Minister’s Reset Moment – and what should follow from it.
Here’s both what his team did and how it communicated – deploying the discipline of the second to boost the first.
Johnson and Cummings’ previous assaults on the pre-Brexit order have been brilliantly conceived. This one may not be up to the same standard.
They followed the guidance from Sir Nicholas Winton: “if it is not impossible, there must be a way to do it”.
His columns from The Times are informed by his experience of what works, and more importantly, what doesn’t work.
The Treasury should hold one as the year rolls on, along the lines of that undertaken by Canada’s government during the 1990s.
Modest consolidation over decades is one thing; large increases over a Parliament would be quite another.
The Cabinet Office’s Review will ask complex questions about its purpose. But a straightforward one may be the place to start.
Cut out the middleman. Go straight to the people who want to build – and help people who want to buy their home.
The new zone proposals will take away the effective monopoly of the big developers, allowing a genuine market to deliver for people.
While it’s important to focus on the ‘R’ rate in tackling covid, we must also balance health concerns against two other Rs – recovery versus recession.
He has demonstrated prodigious powers of endurance, keeping going through storms of criticism which would have driven many a lesser figure out of politics.
The big picture is that Johnson is dashing for growth. We devoutly hope it works but the precedents aren’t promising.
If the Prime Minister doesn’t have confidence in his most senior Ministers, it’s impossible to see how anyone else can.
By using the new grant as an incentiv those who are looking to buy would be more likely to buy a new build, enabling supply to continue.