In my case, the contraband was books – taken into then communist Czechoslovakia through a network linked to the charity Aid to the Church in Need.
Growing anti-lockdown sentiment among northern Labour mayors and councils offer him new opportunities – and dangers.
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.
If we are going to make a reality of Global Britain, we need to capitalise on the things about our country that the world likes and admires.
In the last financial year, there were over 500 council employees earning more than the Prime Minister.
The capital isn’t a single political entity. Rather, it is still in some ways a Napoleon-of-Notting-Hill-style mass of small towns.
All credit to the brave victims who brought the legal challenge, and to those who backed them. But the Government should have fought the decision in the first place.
A Conservative MP has led the way in proposing how London could be rebalanced away from the super-rich and back towards the mass of its citizens.
None the less, a fall in the Conservative poll lead is not unhelpful to Downing Street and CCHQ at this stage of the campaign.
As a party known for strong economic management, we must work doubly hard to avoid appearing to know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
The new Communities Secretary sees the construction of more homes as his priority. It is a daunting political mission.
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The LibDems have long squeezed votes from the two bigger parties. Labour has squeezed LibDem ones in the polls. Will the Conservatives now gain too?
Plus: Farage knifes Hamilton. Hopeless Miliband. Useless Clegg. Truth from Phibbs. Katz among the pigeons. And: I’m forever, forever, forever blowing bubbles.
The Conservative Party is starting to value its activists again