It will probe whether or or not Sunak can prepare the country for that future – and perhaps succeed Johnson himself, “one fine day”.
Perhaps the simplest way of putting it is: it’s all about economic credibility, stupid. Because come 2024, it certainly will be.
There is real anger in Stratford-upon-Avon as the number of empty shops continues to grow.
The Government can do a lot in a short space of time. A key question should be: how do we make these towns nicer places to live?
While retail still has its place, trying to maintain its presence on the high street through artificial advantage is clearly no longer viable.
Rather than impose new burdens, we should be offering free parking to help revive local businesses.
A proposed transformation would move away from the reliance on big anchor stores and create 1,300 new homes – all on reclaimed brownfield sites.
Councils should do more to share premises, such as libraries and office reception areas. So should post offices.
By removing red tape around the use of property, our town centres have a chance to be reborn – to allow what people, rather than planners, wish to see.
Some places might not be able to support a full time shop, pub, or post office, but could support a unit that operates as all three at different times of the day
We can make our village, town, and city centres better places than they were before the crisis: more humane, more beautiful, and more liveable.
More staff are being recruited in the town hall. We would give priority to free parking to boost our high streets.
With Council Tax continuing to rise, these companies should be required to provide detailed Annual Reports, which identify directors and any payments they receive.
I commit to ensuring that education standards improve, and to back a freeport and eco-innovation enterprise zones.
Finally, the television licence. The principle ought to be that those who wish to watch the BBC pay a fee and those who don’t watch it do not.