We have a habit of looking back at policy platforms pursued by previous Conservative Governments, and attempting to bring back popular policies like a poor Hollywood remake.
Plus: Chinese whispers, Whitehall moves – and a Budget that is set to target business rather than taxpayers.
Frankly, any outcome – no deal, Norway, Canada, even the risk of a second referendum – would be better than what is currently on the table.
Ideas and vision are necessary, but they are not sufficient. People need to see results and to achieve them they need to take part.
But more money and powers need to be given directly to the North to drive further progress.
Each Secretary of State in every department should examine the impact of their department’s policies on families’ lives.
My new report for the Centre for Policy Studies suggests ways in which government can be made more accountable.
It’s not just about Brexit – it’s deeper and longer-standing than that. Ironically, relations would improve if they each a bit more combative.
Its failures begins with the machinery of Government – the core civil service itself. This must be fixed.
So much of the Government’s strategy is predicated on the belief that this is impossible. But what if that’s wrong?
Speculation about pressure on Williamson, or calculation about Cabinet numbers, misses a key point: May must keep Davis and Fox onside.
The longer the delay in making a decision, the longer it will take for an alternative to be ready.
When I asked freight experts at a Treasury Select Committee hearing if we still had enough time, they said: “You would have to get a hell of a wiggle on.”
In my experience of departmental life, it will take at least six months before we can judge Javid’s management.
It is too fragmented to deliver this successfully – so a senior Cabinet minister should be tasked with bringing about change.