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Voters habitually opt for parties of the Right when times are tough, only to ditch them for the Left once there’s money to spare. But now populists seek to break the cycle.
J Meirion Thomas: If we are to stop losing our best doctors, we must keep training and retraining them
Some specialist hospitals have made stellar consultant appointments from abroad. However, many doctors relocating here are economic migrants.
We don’t need a European solution; we need a global solution. We must think independent Anglosphere, not dependent Eurosphere.
The lacklustre General Election campaign was consigned to second place. Donald Trump’s inauguration was a distant third.
Owen Paterson: To make Brexit a success, we must break free from the over-taxed, over-regulated European model
That means taking back full control – then using our new-found independence to its greatest possible benefit.
I understand the Government’s keenness to achieve a free trade agreement with the EU, but we need to be careful that the price is not too high.
Scaling back expensive regulation would allow the cabbies to make the most of their comparative advantages such as the Knowledge and their iconic status.
Daniel Hannan: Post-Brexit, we could aim for EFTA. Or model ourselves on Singapore. But either way, we must decide.
It is hard to avoid the impression that leaving is being undertaken in a spirit of damage limitation rather than a spirit of opportunity.
Speaking from New Zealand, the Secretary of State for International Trade says “it’s in all our interests” to come to an “open and liberal agreement”.
Terry Barnes: A disaster for the centre-right. Its last effective Anglosphere government falls in New Zealand
It has been dispatched by one man – New Zealand First’s party leader, Winston Peters, who has Labour’s inexperienced leader in his pocket.
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.
A solid but unspectacular centre-right Prime Minister, with a good economic record, is trying to fight off a charismatic, high-spending challenge from the left.
Subsidies, tariffs or lowering standards are not the answer. There is a conservative solution.
Warwick Lightfoot: The right post-Brexit farming policy could unleash agricultural innovation and lighten the load on consumers
Reform must be phased, to allow farmers to adapt, but it will pay dividends.