From its range of tailor-made trade deals to its habit of allowing Member States to break the rules, Brussels is more flexible than Barnier’s rhetoric might suggest.
If, God forbid, Corbyn’s nationalisation fantasies ever come to pass, it will be in large part thanks to the offences of the worst public contractors.
“If it was the case that the Government… pulled out of contracts whenever a profit warning was issued, that would be the best way to ensure that companies failed and jobs were lost.”
The Government must always stand up to businesses’ excesses, without losing sight of the huge benefits that partnerships have brought.
It would be wrong, and fruitless, to try to ape Labour by denying the clear improvements delivered since the end of British Rail.
The train companies have done a good job – the delays are usually caused by the state owned Network Rail which is responsible for the tracks.
Despite not saying how much it will cost, the Shadow Chancellor continues to claim he knows “it will pay for itself”.
The Shadow Chancellor doesn’t know the current cost of debt interest.
How will Corbynomics work in practice? And how much will it really cost?
If we can win the argument for well-regulated, competitive provision of essential services in this sector, we can win it elsewhere.
People are not yet at the point where they believe the party in government needs kicking out; they are still willing to give us a hearing.
The new PFI policy is a classic example.
Renationalisation would cost a fortune, fail to address over-crowding, and leave passengers even more vulnerable to cynical strike action.
Often, the disagreements between the two old camps are less substantial than the disagreements erupting within each camp’s own tents.
For all the chatter about the Customs Union, leaving the EU in full is still on course. But May’s bungled election has raised the chances of a disorderly outcome.