Some of its problems can be fixed. Others won’t be. And one perhaps can’t be: namely, that this Parliament seems to be incapable of saying No.
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James Frayne: More welfare spending. A business tax avoidance clampdown. The new economic policy that voters will want.
One area that has had relatively little attention, but could get much more, is the behaviour of commercial landlords across the country.
Richard Holden: Labour has socially distanced from voters in my seat – and others in the north and midlands. Starmer won’t change that.
The party is pinned down where it feels at home – in its new heartlands of central London, the middle of major cities and the University towns.
Liam Fox: League tables, death rates, bed numbers – and other mistaken media measurements. Let’s stick to the facts.
Often, these are not only hugely inaccurate, but paint a damagingly distorted picture which can influence public opinion and, through doing so, public policy.
Neil O’Brien: Salvaging the economy. Could we just live with more borrowing for a bit? Maybe, maybe not.
Hopefully it will be crisis averted, and we’ll have a bit more time to fix the hole. But sooner or later, difficult choices on tax and spending are coming.
James Frayne: The challenges of the Coronavirus to working families outside the prosperous South East
What about the impact on domestic violence, with everyone stuck in their own homes? And on those with serious but non-life threatening health problems?
Budget 2) John Glen: The challenges we face of the virus and of weak productivity can’t be met by the repetition of small state mantras
The Chancellor’s measures leave us well prepared to tackle its short-term challenges as well as helping to shape the long-term trajectory of the economy.
The election delivered Conservative MPs located precisely in the industrial areas that are vulnerable to the government’s own policy of divergence.
This site would scrap the scheme. But sunk political costs as well as economic ones are likely to keep this Cameron modernisation legacy project chugging on and on.
Eddie Hughes: Our values must drive CCHQ. That means moving it to a town or small city – not a big one.
Going from the metropolitan bubble in London to another one elsewhere would be pointless. What about Derby, Stoke or York instead?
The Whips and CCHQ should utilise the experience of Bretherton, Bradley, Clarke, Hughes and Rowley – all of whom won Labour seats in 2017.
If we really are becoming the Party of Blue Collar Conservatives, our Party must become the change that we want to see.
Its success in innovative industries is based on an R&D-intensive, novel-product-based, export-oriented business model. One that the UK should adopt.
Not being white remains the number one demographic predictor of not voting Tory.
Ben Bradley: Voters tore down the Red Wall because they were sick of Labour talking down to them and holding them back
That doesn’t mean they are all suddenly hardcore Tories. For many we were the least-worst option. But we have an opportunity to win their trust.