Some good things, a few bad ones, some absences – and an opportunity missed not so much to level up Britain as to level with voters.
Posts Tagged: James Frayne
By uniting behind Johnson’s plan, and replicating the approach of these two mayors, the the environment can become a winning issue for the party.
It now needs to get real. This is clearly the plan in the next few months, starting with the Queen’s Speech tomorrow, leading to the Levelling Up paper.
The centre isn’t where he or ConservativeHome or anyone else wants it to be. It’s where it is – “Far From Notting Hill”.
Council tax, parking meters and road signs. The mundane matters to voters. But how will you know in the lockdown bubble?
A recent conversation with a delivery driver got me thinking about the way our media debates work.
Despite the recent bad press, the overall numbers suggest the institution is probably here to stay.
Benedict McAleenan: COP26’s challenge for Johnson. Will measures be agreed that will keep temperature rises limited to 1.5°C?
The first piece in a mini-series on climate change, COP26 and the environment on ConservativeHome this week.
The cynical politics of emissions targets and COP26. How government is poised to declare success while delivering failure.
Our five year electoral cycle is driving MPs to compete for short-term green subsidies without questioning the medium-term consequences.
The OBR’s horrid forecasts of an output implosion and soaring unemployment will do nothing to quell Tory resistance to tougher Covid tiers.
David Skelton: It was working class voters who delivered this majority – and Johnson must not abandon them now
The second of a ConHome series this week on the Prime Minister’s Reset Moment – and what should follow from it.
Why the obsessive focus on new tax rises when we need proper spending control – in the form of a real zero-based review?
The Treasury should hold one as the year rolls on, along the lines of that undertaken by Canada’s government during the 1990s.
James Frayne: Public support for the Government appears to have dropped – but not when it comes to individual policies
People strongly back it banning separate households meeting indoors where infection rates have risen, among other moves.
His, Williamson’s and Johnson’s intent to rebalance higher and further education reflects their Red Wall-focused vision – but will it happen?
In that sense, his speech could easily have been given by a much more fitting figure for the Ditchley Foundation: Tony Blair.
What will Conservative MPs make of the Prime Minister’s new plan – not just this morning, but during the coming weeks?
The ’22 Executive has been pushing for a faster end to lockdown, and many Tory MPs agree. But they’re more likely to follow public opinion than lead it.