Plus: Bad Tory language. Cutting VAT, Good Conservative news for workers. And: a second referendum – not a People’s Vote but a Cheater’s Vote.
The sequence of events: bow to a second referendum, lose the ERG, gain Blairites, contest a general election – and rebrand the Party.
England achieved its highest ever score in reading in 2016, moving from joint 10th to joint 8th in the PIRLS rankings.
One can conjure up the names of former Ministers, present Ministers and backbenchers. But only one of them presently sits at the Cabinet table.
The UK plus EFTA would have a greater GDP than Germany. As one, we would be the largest economy in Europe.
The hard paradox is that while older people are electorally powerful – perhaps more than ever – they are also individually vulnerable.
The Vote Leave director is the onlie begetter of this cashfest. But we’ve said it before and say it again: Britain can’t tax its way to prosperity – or a better health service.
It looks to be the least bad medium-term means of settling the future of abortion laws in Northern Ireland.
Speculation about pressure on Williamson, or calculation about Cabinet numbers, misses a key point: May must keep Davis and Fox onside.
The Home Secretary’s future is entangled with the calculations of May and the complications of Brexit.
Stop and search requires very careful and sensitive handling, but it’s hard to conclude that an increase isn’t warranted.
Futhermore, the Government needs to sharpen up its sense of mission. And there is a heap of talent on the Tory backbenches.
Given the resistance of Tory MPs to spending cuts and tax rises, Hammond’s easiest course would be to push any into the future. But this wouldn’t be problem-free…
Though if May moves Philip Hammond, or seeks to, she is also likely to move Boris Johnson, or try to.
The Government needs to make a decision on our post-Brexit economic model, reinvigorate the Conservatives in office – and win the votes of the next generation.