“Do you agree with John McDonnell, who said this was…state-sponsored?” “If we’re going to make an…assertion like that we’ve got to have the absolute evidence…”
The Treasury should be saved from itself by bringing the Party Chairman in to scrutinise the Autumn Budget before it is finalised.
It is not that he dares to be dull, but that he cannot help being so. He has prudently turned it to his advantage.
The Work and Pensions Secretary has a genuine belief in social mobility and is magnificently unabashed under fire.
He could have a future as a political commentator of unusual perceptiveness, who understands that everything is in flux.
We must find our identity in modern Britain; break away from obstructive stereotypes; source authentic leaders who connect with voters; become the party of opportunity; and never style ourselves as an alternative to “chaos”.
“Our worry at the moment is if you had another one it would divide the country again and open up the potential of right-wing xenophobia.”
Plus: Soubry may quit the Tories, which I would regret. And: Why Labour’s silence on 100 years of votes for working class men?
Free enterprise has huge benefits. But more than that, it is intensely democratic, open and diverse – breaking down monopolies, hierarchies and outdated practices.
The Shadow Chancellor normalises unacceptable behaviour and is contributing to making UK politics a much more unpleasant place.
In normal times Diane Abbott’s miscalculation on the cost of police, or Tim Farron’s “smell my spaniel” moment, might have won. But not this year.
Of course the Government must sell its vision and achievements, but we must also expose the hard left’s anti-democratic conduct and duplicity over Brexit.
It’s naive to imagine lobbying will change his nature. If he ever gains power, there won’t be any cosy chats over tea and biscuits on offer.
Plus: May’s EU trials, Labour’s EU shifts – and how Russia got there before Trump by recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Well, part of it.
Despite not saying how much it will cost, the Shadow Chancellor continues to claim he knows “it will pay for itself”.