If Boris Johnson now gives real political substance to what has become an overused catch-phrase, he will recreate the Tories in the image of “ Honest Stan” Baldwin.
One has to pinch oneself to remember that as recently as last July May was Prime Minister, Hammond Chancellor of the Exchequer and Gauke Lord Chancellor.
The tax burden isn’t a full measure of the size of the state. But it’s arguably the pre-eminent factor and certainly that which most concerns the TaxPayers’ Alliance.
I worked for both of them, and they were extraordinary human beings. But they were also both contingent, flawed, and also with their all-too-obvious blind spots.
Its report focuses on hate speech – which is being weaponised by various groups, including Islamists, intent on censoring public disagreement with their own beliefs.
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Which candidate can devise and push through the policies needed to unite the Tory shires with the Leave voters of the north?
Plus: Johnson, not a populist. Hunt’s beside manner. Lewis and his highly professional CCHQ team. And: the courage of 16 year old Ajay.
What he detests is less liberalism than democracy, and the obstacle it poses to Russian foreign policy objectives.
In so doing, he has the opportunity not only to deliver Brexit, serve his country – and make history.
A general election is rolling down the tracks. And he is the man best placed to see off Corbyn and Farage.
Britain Beyond Brexit, a New Conservative Vision for a New Generation, is published today by the CPS.
None of what follows is impossible and, if there is a common thread, it is the self-interest of MPs in avoiding an election before leaving the EU.
In the week leading up to June 6, it’s worth remembering how division and disagreement were overcome.
The contest may or may not produce a Snow White. But statistically, there are bound to be more than seven dwarves.