Only one in ten 2019 Tories – let alone anyone else – expect an outright Conservative victory next time round. Such a sense of inevitability could prove the hardest political challenge of all.
Conservatives should be careful not to assume that all Hindus are Thatcherites in waiting. Some regard standing up to Modi, and keeping his anti-Muslim politics out of Britain, as much more important.
A party in office for fourteen at the likely time of the general election will find it hard to escape being held responsible for all that’s gone wrong. This can result in a vicious circle of unpopularity leading to division leading to greater unpopularity.
The recent history of the Conservative Party and the country is the ultras have had their way on both policy and personnel. The result – for both party and country – is now clear to see.
Every leader fails on one or more of my tests. However, her special achievement is to have flunked all of them in the space of a few weeks.
Former PMs Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Theresa May reflect on the hospitality shown by the late Queen Elizabeth II when they were invited to stay at her Balmoral residence.
Former PM says he would have ‘practice’ audiences with Prince Charles while Queen Elizabeth II was on the throne.
Just as we find we were even more attached to Queen Elizabeth than we realised, so we find ourselves even more loyal to her successor than we expected.
“I join the whole nation in mourning, but also in commemoration of a most extraordinary reign and a most exceptional life.”
But there are truths in life – for example, that a stich in time saves nine, beggars can’t be choosers…and that you can’t spend more than your earn. His premiership ends with record spending and taxes.
The author compares politics to a game of snakes and ladders, but demonstrates that it is actually far harder than that.
What is less recognised is the way in which David Cameron’s Government decided, not without risk to the Conservatives’ electoral prospects in some key marginals, to withhold patronage and money from some Muslim organisations that, fitfully, had gained both under Labour.
Liz Truss, and to a lesser extent Rishi Sunak, have been reticent in making a case for the achievements of the period. Is that because there are so few?
Kuper says it would be best to stop Oxford and Cambridge teaching undergraduates, thereby removing “Oxbridge’s …distortion of British life.”
I called recently for the Cabinet to tell Johnson that the game is up, and Dowden’s resignation is the closest that any of them have got.