Rather than wasting time with forays into positive discrimination, the Conservatives should weight the merits of various forms of increased flexibility at work.
The British left are somewhat more open to the idea, but the Conservative Party’s members and voters would not wear the proposal
The tendency of people in politics to think of everything through a political prism is mistaken. The star dust of sporting triumph does not rub off on politicians.
They risk a reputation of betraying the largest vote in British history.
A by-product of people preparing for a leadership race is a search for new and popular policies.
Crucially, opinion is not just divided between Leave and Remain, but between the Province and the mainland.
New polling shows that national identity is a strong, emotive force – but also that it remains poorly-defined.
There are clearly questions about what’s happening in relation to voting, membership, and representation — and what the Party should or might want to do.
Some remainers will not give up on the idea that the UK is about to fall apart, but the latest evidence of that from Ulster is threadbare at best.
One party cannot have a monopoly on BAME voters. Competition breeds excellence, and if we want excellent BAME policies, we need politicians competing for our votes.
It’s understandable to seek out any hints of better news – but there is no benefit in getting overly optimistic too early.
Foreign policy is rarely at the centre of our politics, but the electorate are now likely to judge potential leaders in part on their stance towards the Kremlin.
That’s unlikely to deter hardcore Remainers from egging Juncker et al on. But will it persuade Labour to stop working with Brussels against the UK negotiating position?
In trying to maximise the Party’s vote share, it’s essential that a proper audit of these barriers takes place (and others will no doubt think of some I have missed).
At best, people don’t think about the issue. But as soon as they do, they overwhelmingly support the ban. A vote would have been hugely damaging.