Each week, our panel of James Frayne, Marcus Roberts, Trevor Phillips, and Salma Shah will will analyse and assess what’s happening.
The second piece in our series this week about what the Conservative Manifesto should look like.
Amidst the gathering leadership election debate, there is a lack of focus on who such voters are and where they live.
“How would you feel if we spent the money on local transport links in the Midlands and the north?’’ Gove asked Conservative MPs last year.
Her bid to woo Labour Commons votes for a Brexit deal is part of a wider gambit.
Theresa May thought aloud about low interest rates. Mark Carney hit back and no more was heard from her. Time for others to do so?
Understanding what makes these voters tick could be key to the outcome of the next election. No party can afford to ignore them.
Onward, FREER, the revitalised CPS. The Tory MPs involved in all these will have to take some risks if they’re to get off the groumd.
It may be useful to ask how the Environment Secretary would handle problems confronting other Cabinet Ministers. Consider the case of knife and gun crime.
And here we end, by reflecting on what he might have thought about Labour’s move away from the tenet of democratic government.
Its poll rating is 40 per cent or so, the economy is growing, and an election isn’t due until 2022. A sense of perspective is essential – for all the Government’s weaknesses.
Embracing this crude Marxist fiction has put the Conservative Party at risk of lasting electoral damage, particularly in London.
For all his manifesto mistakes, his core take is correct. The key people in elections are who he has always said they are: lower middle-class, provincial, home-owning voters.
It is unlikely that the mass of such voters in those crucial northern and midlands marginals would welcome a permissive approach.
She needn’t to give a blow-by-blow account of the negotiations, but better communication would put any departure turbulence in its proper context.