Some said we would never get the conversation going. But now it’s ready to take place. Which should win the Prime Minister some Parliamentary respite.
The improvement has been dramatic – and is a vindication for the emphasis placed on phonics by Nick Gibb, the Schools Minister.
The Prime Minister’s stance on regulatory alignment is very hard indeed to square with his vision of a freewheeling Britain. Watch this space.
Add together the totals of those named who backed Brexit, and one reaches a total of nearly 60 per cent of the vote.
The Cabinet Ministers who backed Leave have gone along with a payment of some £50 billion. But they are digging in their heels over the role of the court – rightly.
While the responsibilities of government must be shouldered, there’s no doubting the need for a time of renewal – one as profound as in any period of opposition.
A small proportion of those who voted Remain are simply unable to move on from the referendum result – and taking refuge in conspiracy theory.
We can’t rely on our opponents to become more truthful. Tories must push back against such smears – and seek to prevent them finding currency in the first place.
The lack of a Conservative Commons majority prevented the Chancellor from doing much more than playing it safe – which he did effectively.
Any new First Secretary of State should not have further ambitions of their own. And it would be pointless in any event to make any such appointment honorary.
Gove, the rather unexpected DEFRA Secretary, can demonstrate again that Conservatives are conservationists.
The Prime Minister is not in a position to force policy about leaving the EU on her Cabinet colleagues – let alone the Brexit Secretary.
Brexit offers green opportunities, but it will also open a governance gap that must be filled.
Letting disagreements about Brexit leak into the Budget’s treatment could deal the Government irreparable damage – and voters much harm.
“We play Iran’s game. We play into extremists’ hands when we do anything other than show solidarity in the face of their abuse of human rights.”