Conservative values underpin what it can achieve – whether in apprenticeships, manufacturing exports, jobs or contributions to good causes.
Its awards consume roughly a quarter of public spending. It is hard to see where the tax hikes or spending scaleback to fund them will come from if the Chancellor sticks to his guns.
As possibly the only Brexiteer in the Parliamentary Party’s One Nation group, I am also only too aware that this message must be accompanied by a successful EU negotiation.
And those that never were, such as 1978, 1991 and 2007. Prime Ministers tend to make the opposite error to that of their predecessors.
By forcing the Prime Minister to talk about Economics for Beginners, the Leader of the Opposition has pushed her onto favourable ground.
The former Chancellor has taken to the role of newspaper editor, but some will see his attacks on the Prime Minister as unhelpful.
Today’s choice is between a woman who has grasped the scale and sweep of Brexit, and a man who has spent his entire career cuddling up to Britain’s enemies.
Deep down, Corbyn regrets the outcome of the Cold War. Even now, when the full horror of its legacy is clear, he can’t bring himself to renounce Marxism.
As we write, the Conservatives are still set for a win on Thursday, but there is risk of further slippage – unless key voters can be persuaded that Corbyn will crash the car.
Her new administration would be on the right side on the big issues – Brexit, immigration, Islamism; and would likely feel its way towards the right answer on the economy and trade.
May’s manifesto is real politics – that’s to say, a serious attempt to prepare Britain for the post-Brexit challenges of the future.
Corbyn is unfitted to public office of any sort. All sensible Labour folk know it, but many cannot currently bring themselves to say it outright.
That the pursuit of Farron was legitimate doesn’t mean that they, or anyone else, should feel happy about it – or the bigger trends of which it was part.
Also: Brokenshire insists restoring Ulster devolution remains the focus; Sturgeon may try to defy May over a referendum; and why not make Gibraltar actually British?
The seat of our national politics is deeply unfashionable in constitutional circles, but is essential to a well-governed and united kingdom.