Whitehall has at times imperilled its reputation for neutrality, but there remains a positive ‘can-do’ attitude about Brexit. The Government should harness it.
If you don’t like what the Treasury’s up to, criticise the Chancellor, who’s accountable for it – not those who work for him, who aren’t.
Rather than reach for overly complex theories, look at what’s most likely to be the case.
Voters know that Project Fear-style predictions can’t be trusted – it’s remarkable that pro-EU campaigners still haven’t realised the tactic has been rumbled.
Even Whitehall’s fiercest advocates of the need to stay as close as possible to the EU recognise that there are risks in being a rule-taker not a rule-maker.
Our plan seems to have been little more than to cobble together just enough kit to make us a Great Power on the cheap. That cannot continue.
Too often it seems as though our perimeters are seen as a problem to be patched-up rather than an asset to be fully modernised.
Bringing on more women, rising stars and members of the 2015 intake – or even this year’s – will bring less gain than it could if such moves are not part of a policy plan.
The Prime Minister has made the freedom to strike trade deals, so important to key allies and the membership, a cornerstone of her strategy.
Since my last article, there has been real progress to improve rail funding overall. Next we should consider how to reduce uncertainty within the supply chain.
And we will have one for Hammond, for what it’s worth, if the armed forces are refused further cash that they need.
The referendum must be honoured, and we must leave the EU. That shouldn’t mean giving away a fortune for the privilege.
Hammond’s plan – from abolishing Stamp Duty for most first-time buyers, through to reforms to help Universal Credit recipients.
Letting disagreements about Brexit leak into the Budget’s treatment could deal the Government irreparable damage – and voters much harm.
The first piece of our series on the coming economic revolution urges the Government to challenge Corbyn’s Luddite approach.