The good news is that there is an enormous opportunity for the Party – because it is much worse at converting people considering voting Blue into actual voters.
Unfair tax increases and restrictions will reduce the housing supply and make homelessness worse.
He wants to take people with him in his quest to hit the Government’s target. But will radical policy ideas fit with his emollient political approach?
Onward proposes helping half a million young people by lending them a deposit in the same way that government underwrites some of their mortgage costs.
In my constituency, we have a target of just over 640 homes a year. Our housing waiting list is 3,000.
Onward seems set to propound the liberal and Freer the libertarian versions of the globalist agenda. Where does that leave the anti-globalist voters who now back the Tories?
It would be easy, but mistaken, to take the path of least resistance and simply re-enact the dated Cameron ‘modernising’ agenda.
The Government should consider setting up a domestic policy Cabinet sub-committee to help alleviate the Brexit bandwidth problem.
Even in lefty France, socialist policies are now being dumped by Emmanuel Macron in favour of free markets. Now is the time to develop our next round of big ideas.
Onward, FREER, the revitalised CPS. The Tory MPs involved in all these will have to take some risks if they’re to get off the groumd.
But unless his fully-developed vision of the future can capture heart-and-minds, I’d expect control of the party to stay with the mainstream.
A catspaw of Osborne? A competitor to Policy Exchange? A resource for a modernising leadership candidate? The truth is more subtle and interesting.