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.
It’s personal low in the run-up to the Budget. Meanwhile, Gove gets within a single point of beating Davidson for the top spot.
But Major’s Back to Basics disaster shows how badly wrong the attempt to provide moral leadership can go.
If the standard is as it now appears to be, May will have difficulty finding enough male Ministers to replace all those she will be required to sack.
Plus: What it was like being gay and a Tory – and being sexually assaulted in the “Brief Encounter” – during the vanished world of the 1990s.
If a Minister is guilty of bullying, harrassment or abuse, he should go. But behaviour that falls short of these should not require resignation.
“We need to talk about as a party what we look like after Brexit, and I hope that veterans’ care and being a party of defence means something.”
The Defence Secretary calls on the Labour leader to reject his youth wing’s position.
Davis, Gove, and Fallon make up the top three again, but satisfaction levels overall are low. And Davidson is out-polling every Cabinet member.
Who would have predicted that Gavin Barwell, having lost his seat and ministerial position, would climb 63 places to number seven?
The Defence Secretary adds that Blair “has got to get over it”.
Members seem to agree that the Prime Minister has staged a mild recovery over the summer.
Rudd falls with him, May is almost out of negative territory…and Davidson continues to soar up, up and away.
“Although the sacrifice was enormous, it was fought in a good cause…to defend the freedom that we enjoy today.”
We now have eleven runners and riders in our Next Tory Leader section…with another 15 candidates standing by. Watch this space.