It despises the very values of patriotism and economic self-improvement that made people like my grandparents vote for them.
Posts Tagged: Harold Wilson
All three PMs did about as well as anyone could in the circumstances, and all three, so far as one can see, are doomed.
Profile: Tony Blair. Zealous, unrepentant and driven – the leader who took us to war in Iraq is reborn as our saviour from the pandemic.
It is hard to find any precedent for the path that he has chosen. What furies drive him? Why this frantic activity?
Chris Skidmore: It’s freedom that will make Britain a global science superpower – not Whitehall micro-management
In spite of Cummings’ departure, DARPA should remain a manifesto priority: we need its approach to risk – and indeed failure.
We have seen it in the context of Europe; we are seeing it in the context of Covid restrictions. We may more of it in tackling the public finances.
Iain Dale: Covid-19. There is no good reason why the arts sector should get a billion pound bailout while coach operators do not
Plus: If Johnson goes soon, it will be of his volition. And: these presidential debates are a train crash for America.
Darren Grimes: Out of office but in power. How the Left keeps losing elections, yet gets its way nonetheless.
Each time rioting is ignored by the police, we move one stop closer to allowing a tyrannical Twitter-dwelling minority to become very powerful indeed.
“Take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.”
The big picture is that Johnson is dashing for growth. We devoutly hope it works but the precedents aren’t promising.
Budget 1) This was less a Conservative Budget than “the People’s Budget”. From a Vote Leave Government – not the usual Tory one.
It may be necessary, given the Coronavirus, and could even work. But Britain has a long, long record of state spending failing to turbo-charge growth.
His message, that the Conservatives will win if the electoral battle is on identity politics and culture wars, is correct.
Richard Holden: Labour – from a big party of people with small houses to a small party of people with big houses.
Regardless of whether the party chooses Starmer or Long-Bailey, it seems intent of fighting the last war next time.
This new government seems to want to concentrate its energies on giving Britain a cutting edge. Will it succeed where others have failed?
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.
Plus: Why won’t Corbyn come on LBC and give an interview? He hasn’t done once since becoming Labour leader.
In his need, Labour’s leader is turning for inspiration to a predecessor who will scarcely be at the top of his list of role models.