It should be able to amend proposed legislation only once – or propose laws itself once, with the Commons only needing to vote against these to block them.
Boles isn’t as well known as the star of our Moggcast, but he is well-briefed, independent-minded and can make waves.
His tour of universities raises memories of another – that of by Keith Joseph, whose hundreth birthday would have fallen this week. It needs a modern equivalent.
That the company is a government customer isn’t the whole story. After all, few customers must manage the consequences of their supplier’s collapse.
Then come Redwood and Tugendhat to make up the top five. Four of the top ten have been in the Commons for less than three years.
May’s damaged authority is having a beneficial side-effect – namely, freeing Tory MPs to think aloud about the Party’s future.
We now have eleven runners and riders in our Next Tory Leader section…with another 15 candidates standing by. Watch this space.
Over time, proposals have either been denounced as politically correct nonsense, or embraced with an enthusiastic “me, too”-ism. Neither approach is exactly rigorous.
Labour’s newfound enthusiasm for it is hard to square with its nature or history – including the history of how it was opposed by Tony Blair.
The prospect of crowning the the Brexit Secretary as leader is not without its attractions at first glance, but turns out on closer inspection to be deeply problematic.
The news is not all bad for supporters of Leave. But a weakened Government needs third party support to deliver not so much a Soft or Hard Brexit as a clean one.
A summary of the news from the junior ranks to date. Announcements of appointments yet to conclude.
In advancing controversial policies without an explanation other than economic return, the party has been left open to claims of acting from greed and elitism.
The Government should order group troops to fight if it so decides. The Commons should then question its actions, debate them and vote on them. That is the right way round.
The full text of his Inaugural Lecture to the Bingham Constitutional Studies Programme at Balliol College, Oxford.