Two extreme versions of what happens next in Britain. Events are more likely to end up somewhere in the middle.
Posts Tagged: Gordon Brown
Richard Holden: How the Budget will help former Red Wall seats in the north – like the one I represent
The fact that Darlington station was explicitly addressed in his statement is a great sign of how swiftly the Chancellor has mastered the detail of his brief.
As the old saying doesn’t quite put it, scientists advise, but Ministers decide – on moving to mitigation or anything else.
At one point he even started firing questions back at me from the stage, putting paid to the moderators’ hopes of continuing the Q&A.
Neil O’Brien: The balance of power between economic and social conservatives may be shifting to the latter
We lost Putney, but gained loads of poorer seats in the north and midlands. That’s highlighted the tensions.
They keep changing. But does it matter? For the last 30 years, when it comes to the public finances, the diet always starts tomorrow.
The Treasury fights back. How it plans to drive radical reform – and become “the Government’s internal think tank”
Would the Government have the bottle for planning, childcare and police overhauls – and will Downing Street sign up to this plan anyway?
And the axeing of the Victoria Derbyshire Show suggests that the next Director General must be a transformational one.
Also: Spotlight on the literal handful of MPs providing Stormont’s entire opposition; and Scottish Tories offer a budget deal to the SNP.
Unfit for office. But worse even than Corbyn are Labour’s moderates – who are willing to put his anti-Jewish racism into power.
Most voters will have what to them are more pressing reasons to reject Corbyn than anti-semitism. But none expose more fully why he must be stopped.
John O’Connell: The tax choice ahead. Johnson, and the highest burden since Attlee. Or Corbyn, and…the highest ever.
The tax burden isn’t a full measure of the size of the state. But it’s arguably the pre-eminent factor and certainly that which most concerns the TaxPayers’ Alliance.
Daniel Hannan: £1 million? £1 billion? £1 trillion? McDonnell is relying on you not knowing the difference.
Labour is banking on our innumeracy. I don’t say that they are taking us for fools. Plenty of clever and educated people can’t process numbers on that scale.
One essential Bank of England chart illustrates what went wrong, beyond reasonable doubt.
Watson quits. Will Labour’s moderates follow his example – or endorse an extremist as Prime Minister?
Only yesterday, Andrew Gimson reported for this site that the party’s Deputy Leader was in deep trouble in his West Bromwich constituency.
The idea that self-government might matter to Johnson or Gove more than, say, party loyalty leaves him genuinely nonplussed.