New polling shows that national identity is a strong, emotive force – but also that it remains poorly-defined.
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It’s a counter-intuitive take – but it’s what the sum of opinion polling in recent years tends to suggest.
There are clearly questions about what’s happening in relation to voting, membership, and representation — and what the Party should or might want to do.
James Frayne: The most effective case against nationalisation is the one that neither MPs nor businesses want to use
The injection of the truth that it would mean politicians in charge of services is enough to make most people see sense.
Tony Devenish: To win in the capital, Conservatives need policies that show we are on Londoners’ side
My polling shows how a Tory candidate for Mayor of London could use a consumer-led approach to politics – as Margaret Thatcher did.
Opinion polls catch-up. The Tories’ troubles come and go – but they keep hitting about 40 per cent, or more, in the polls
The country remains divided poll-wise into two unarmed camps. One cannot stick the Conservatives at any price. The other is unified by its fear of Corbyn.
Prejudice against Israelis is often a gateway to prejudice against Jews in general, as seen in the spike of anti-Semitic incidents after the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict.
Polling well, more than financially buoyant and administratively competent and unified, the National Party is in a strong position.
What’s more, to have any effect it would need to be part of a broader suite of interventionist policies – territory where Conservatives’ can never out-socialist Labour.
We must find our identity in modern Britain; break away from obstructive stereotypes; source authentic leaders who connect with voters; become the party of opportunity; and never style ourselves as an alternative to “chaos”.
Plus: Corbyn’s lack of private sector experience. And, come to think of it, his lack of public sector experience. And: justice for Worboys’ victims.
James Frayne: May is right to drop her vote on the hunting ban – it should never have been in the manifesto in the first place
At best, people don’t think about the issue. But as soon as they do, they overwhelmingly support the ban. A vote would have been hugely damaging.
Fresh research bolsters ConservativeHome’s case for a new Chairman and urgent Party reform – and offers a glimmer of hope.
James Frayne: Westminster’s reputation is already so poor that the harassment scandal won’t change voters’ opinions
The allegations are dreadful, and must be dealt with, but the grim truth is that few people will be surprised by them.
The Conservatives’ best chance of a majority is by winning over working class voters – who overwhelmingly and strongly oppose this daft policy.