This can give the Tories a tremendous advantage in a democracy because the public, as a whole, does not have fixed views either.
Too often councillors are cheerleaders-in-chief for incongruous cultural blots on our landscapes.
The centre isn’t where he or ConservativeHome or anyone else wants it to be. It’s where it is – “Far From Notting Hill”.
The forgotten victims tend to be the taxpayer and small businesses – most of which can barely get hold of their local councillors, let alone ministers.
Turn a blind eye, and every one of the other 30 Articles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will be breached too.
Plus: Have you got your popcorn ready for Salmond’s appearance before a committee of the Scottish Parliament this lunchtime?
All of this has not gone down well with many backbench Conservative MPs, few of whom would be well-disposed towards a more conciliatory strategy.
We knew that even the prospect of one would widen and deepen debate on Coronavirus policy – which was essential.
Our latest survey finds that nine in ten Party members support such a move – a total that this latest news is unlikely to have reduced.
We urged the Government last week to do so. Others are also on the case – and the Daily Mail this morning publishes its own findings.
Plus: Deteriorating broadsheet standards, a divided United Kingdom. And: nineteen years on from 9/11.
His columns from The Times are informed by his experience of what works, and more importantly, what doesn’t work.
Plus: Russia’s opposition leader was poisoned, so now slap Magnitsky sanctions on Putin. And: Phil Collins’ ungracious departure.
It is now open season on the Education Secretary, as it will continue to be until he resigns, is moved – or is sacked.
But if you sup with Desmond, use a very long spoon. Plus: Remainer mania remains. And: Masked, I prepare to take the train.