At times, says the Education Secretary, the post he holds requires “a bold and vociferous and constant presence”. But “at other times less so”.
Making Britain better post-Brexit will mean tough decisions about priorities. And that requires the Conservatives to know who their people are.
Plus: We must be the Party for social housing as well as home ownership. And: why don’t we trumpet our history of social reform?
Courtesy of Philip Cowley, here are some markers for this evening’s votes, when they come.
The former award explodes the conspiracy theory that honours are being given only to backers of May’s deal.
Unlike the angel, we’re unable to announce tidings of great joy. But it’s worth mulling why the Christmas season can pause even Brexit hostilities.
May wins – but not by enough to break free from her internal opponents. Too strong to fall and too weak to win, she is, if anything, more exposed to them than before.
The challenge is on – and has been rushed forward in timing that helps May. None the less, a simple majority for her might not be enough.
The Gilets Jaunes protests are not just a challenge to his tax policy, but to the democratically elected government of France. He must hit back.
A new study of the 2017 general election shows May failing to insist on a message and a manifesto which supported each other.
Plus: Unsung Conservative heroes. The Centre for Rocket Studies. And: why do we need the traditional, three-year University course?
The Governor of Ohio won over four million votes in the battle to become the Republican nominee for President two years ago. Will he run again?
Council tenants would be able to transfer the value of their Right to Buy discount and use it towards buying a different, cheaper property which they could afford.
Parliament is struggling to retain senior figures. New peers should be chosen on their ability to raise the calibre of debate.
Alex Morton and the rest of our research team have spent weeks crunching the numbers to ensure that they stack up