The friendliness and expertise of the IfG’s staff, and worthiness of its aims, should not obscure its desire to place the fate of ministers in the hands of mandarins.
The former Health Secretary, and newfound star of reality TV, seems oblivious to the air of bogusness which hangs over so many of his claims.
The Business Secretary demonstrated to the Federation of Small Businesses that he will be their true friend and champion.
“The Treasury Finance Ministry view of the world isn’t about structural reform to increase the productive capacity of the economy.”
It’s best thought of as a contagion that spreads across the divide between parties and factions.
He is a Gulliver tied down by Lilluputian ropes. The figures scampering about his mighty frame grow bolder – tweaking a cord here, tighening a knot there.
For Johnson to discuss decisions bilaterally with ministers on WhatsApp without telling anyone and regularly backtrack undermines his own office.
Parts of the media suspected, wrongly, that she was an Establishment stooge: her work leading the Vaccine Taskforce has since been triumphantly vindicated.
The question is why the UK is being so timid. is it Johnson, ministers or the Blob? Let’s consider the options.
Radical devolution and a new focus on HE and FE are among two things that can help the Government achieve its aims.
It was meant to be a home but has become the heart of government. With this split personality, no wonder a frat house culture took hold of it.
Whether he survives this political storm remains to be seen. But Conservatives won’t win the next election if they continue with their current policies.
He has notched up some remarkable accomplishments. With some help, his best days may still be to come.
And if he goes, what’s the interplay between a new Prime Minister and a Conservative leadership election?
Who is enjoying his discomfort? Labour, the LibDems, Macron, Rejoiners, woke academics – everyone, in short, who wants to see Brexit Britain fail.