Even in an age of austerity, government has plenty of power and assets, which it could on a small-scale, experimental basis transfer to the control of community groups.
Lavish campaign spending does not guarantee electoral success. If it did, Brexit wouldn’t be happening. And Theresa May would now have a majority.
Plus: Corbyn’s lack of private sector experience. And, come to think of it, his lack of public sector experience. And: justice for Worboys’ victims.
Fairly or unfairly, the pro-EU cause is already associated with elites. The arrival of the Withdrawal Bill in the Upper House will do nothing to diminish that impression.
If the standard is as it now appears to be, May will have difficulty finding enough male Ministers to replace all those she will be required to sack.
The Government should be as Ready on Day One as it can be: Deal or No Deal. To help achieve this end and reboot economic policy, Gove should go to the Treasury.
As an Under-Secretary of State, he will have to negotiate with the Chancellor, who is reluctant to commit large-scale resources to planning for No Deal.
Plus: investment increasing, Heseltine declining. Listen to Farage – especially if you disagree with him. And: Activate sounds like dermatological face cream.
Tim Montgomerie’s new project is big, bold, and imaginative. But how will a journal that doesn’t do news get cut-through? And will it really do so?
Guido Fawkes, Tom Newton-Dunn and the Evening Standard diary banded together to suggest that I was about to do a far, far better thing than I have ever done…
Riddle-me-ree: are Brexiteers taking over the Ministerial ranks, or are the whips taking over the Brexiteers?
At the heart of her speech was not so much a new interventionism as a Church-formed moralism, a sense of public service – and a Good Samaritan Moment.
Without a report, closure won’t happen. The claims will simply get bigger and louder.
Plus: Thither goes Harry Cole – to the Sun. Here comes Tim Montgomerie – on a diet. And: Tracey Crouch, sports mastermind.