The calling-in of a planning application to open a coalmine at Whitehaven suggests prioritising green optics over Northern livelihoods.
Measuring people’s incomes needs to be part of measuring progress – but we need to be careful, because different measures give different results.
They include both the working class vote being up for grabs…and the Party adapting to the changing nature of modern Britain.
It is worth looking at where we were successful, and what went right, in the hope we can replicate that, and secure better success at the next general election.
Continuing our series, this week we look at the solid Conservative performance in the East Midlands.
UKIP look set to hand Labour a string of critical marginals in the close-fought two way battle for this region.