The language of personal responsibility is common in Conservative rhetoric, but in policy terms they may as well just quote Job: “Here thou shalt come, but no further.”
“For too long, the political debate has been dominated by the argument about how we distribute a limited economic pie. Instead, we need to grow the pie so that everyone gets a bigger slice.”
“You can trust me to do what it takes. The status quo is not an option. That is why we can’t give in to the voices of decline.”
We hope over the coming years that our alternative nicotine products will continue to help many more adult smokers to make the switch.
This is a war between two visions of human life. And ours is the better.
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.
The Khan Review is a glimpse of what happens if puritans are given completely free rein to rule over their fellow citizens.
For all the Government’s faults and Johnson’s flaws, it’s untrue that Conservative Ministers make no difference – as the sacking of Qari Asim demonstrates.
If the policy was having its desired effect, you’d expect to see a drop in alcohol-related harms. Instead, you see no such thing.
The Education Secretary will have powers to decide key details later, without parliamentary oversight – such as sharing children’s sensitive personal data.
The recent drive, apparently coordinated between Paris and Berlin, to push Ukraine for a compromise settlement must be resisted.
Our introduction to: what each Bill is, the politics of it, who’s responsible, arguments for and against – and a controversy rating out of ten.