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It is mistaken to believe that the British people are collectively optimistic, happy-go-lucky, and modernity-obsessed – and on the same wavelength as those that are.
Andrew Goodfellow: I know all about attack dossiers. Here’s why Tory leadership candidates shouldn’t deploy them on their rivals.
The only person who would gain is Corbyn. Instead, let sunshine win the day – make a positive case for yourself and your vision for the nation.
The polling and leadership election crisis stories raises three questions for both to ponder.
Our snap survey. A record total of seven out of ten Party members say that May should announce now that she will resign.
This finding comes from members of the same panel that backed her deal by 60 per cent to 36 per cent less than a week ago.
Next Tory Leader. It’s Johnson first, Raab second and Gove third in our first survey since May’s pledge to quit.
Next time round, we will try run-offs between some of the main candidates, which are a bit ovedue.
“I am prepared to leave this job earlier than I intended in order to do what is right for our country and our party.”
In other words, May waits for Letwin. Which adds a new dimension to her chicken game. Her message is: “vote for my deal soon – or get his.”
WATCH: Duncan Smith – The leadership must be chosen by Party members, not in a “stitch-up” by a “cabal”
“If the answer is a caretaker, whether Mr Lidington or anybody else, what the hell was the question?”
May should go in mid-April. But attempts to appoint a successor uncontested will only stir further chaos in the hen coop.
Johnny Mercer: Reform the leadership rules. MPs should present members with a final four candidates, not two.
That way we would have a proper contest, focused on the future and the full range of issues. And our hardworking members would have a real choice.
Would May agree to go quickly to get her deal through? She may yet hint at it. But watch the small print.
The idea might suit the leadership aspirations of some potential successors. But wishful thinking and stubborn reality don’t mix – at least not in this case.
Nick Hargrave: What’s needed now to get us out of this mess. First, a new leader. Next, a general election.
To be able to move on, the candidates must first articulate an honest vision of our new relationship with the European Union.
Plus: What anti-Muslim prejudice? I know of a Tory branch that moved their meeting from a pub in an attempt to make a Muslim member feel more comfortable.
The new dividing line among would-be Tory leadership candidates: experience versus a “new generation”
In previous contests, service in Cabinet was seen as a requirement. Now it could even be seen as a weakness.