Rachel Wolf: When voters say their priorities are the NHS and schools, politicians ought to believe them
The unwise Westminster trend is to invent increasingly elaborate ‘explanations’ for such views, rather than take them literally.
Some campaigners and commentators, particularly those who oppose Brexit, appear to have forgotten that this is a negotiation between the Government and the EU.
The strategist who has entered Downing Street, and the Brexiteer ‘Spartan’ who has opted to stay on the backbenches, have history and some shared qualities.
Plus a sixth, less formal, question: are they ridiculous?
Our approach, and our message, won the backing of communities which have previously only ever voted Labour. It can work elsewhere, too.
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.
One association, in a safe Home Counties constituency, has found the answer is almost half.
Everyone likes the sound of it – so long as they believe it is going to deliver their preferred outcome. Already Tory poll ratings are visibly on the slide.
The SDP analogies are all wrung dry. But nobody has looked at what a more recent insurgency can teach the new outfit.
Making Britain better post-Brexit will mean tough decisions about priorities. And that requires the Conservatives to know who their people are.
The Prime Minister surely knows that doing so is damaging. But she appears willing to disregard the cost out of desperation.
The President, and the wider rise of right-wing populism around the world, offers us some examples of what to do – and what not to do.
It would be easy, but mistaken, to take the path of least resistance and simply re-enact the dated Cameron ‘modernising’ agenda.
Doing so would be an opportunity for us to learn – Ukrainian forces have valuable experience of state-to-state conflict, and of Russian weaponry we have never faced.
The idea that those now entering old age somehow had it easy is completely wrong. And so is the myth that they are intolerant and narrow-minded.