In his youth he was mocked for being weird, but in middle age he upholds conventional wisdom.
The Prime Minister will want to avoid the trap that Gordon Brown created for himself in the autumn of 2007.
In the absence of a convincing change narrative, the Prime Minister fell back yesterday on trying to frighten voters with a Labour government.
The commercialisation of higher education has helped transform once elite centres of learning into remedial sectors for failing comprehensives, too ready to take authoritarian cash.
The Prime Minister says he “will take no lessons from the Labour Party on protecting our national security”.
The rage, frustration and contempt of its terms are a foretaste of what’s to come if the Conservatives lose the next election.
He will likely be subject to more expert scrutiny than he would in the Commons – and if MPs want more opportunities to hold him directly to account, Parliament can create them.
As Prime Minister, he swapped scepticism for interventionism, with unfortunate results in Libya.
“I hope that six years as Prime Minister and eleven years leading the Conservative Party gives me some useful experience.”
The ex-Prime Minister has unexpectedly returned to Number 10 to meet with Rishi Sunak.
if you look at the odds for the next Conservative leader, there are no white men among the front runners. The top five comprise Kemi Badenoch, Penny Mordaunt, James Cleverly, Suella Braverman and Gillian Keegan.
As his options narrow, Sunak has little choice but to get back to first principles, which would be the right course anyway.
The elephant in the room is that, unless something significant changes, it is unlikely that the Prime Minister will be able to see through any these plans.
Consumed by HS2 and stalked by critics, he has put his faith in his instincts, and what he hopes will be three big, historic offers – none of which can be delivered without victory at the next election.
Voters clearly want it – and the recent past suggests he’s a more credible agent of it than Sir Keir.