The logic of the choice remains as Ken Clarke put it – Rwanda or nothing. Sir Keir has swallowed much in his pursuit of power, but Rwanda is a mouthful too much for him, or at least for his party. So he’s trying to bluff his way out of the problem.
“Instead of trying to fix the whole thing, they find individual policies where Labour can be on the wrong side of public opinion and go really hard on those.”
The A list and its successors haven’t kept a golden generation out of Parliament. Many of those who might have made it up aren’t putting themselves forward for selection in the first place.
Henry Hill clashes with Craig Mackinlay MP on whether the former prime minister remains an asset to the party.
“One of the things the SNP profited from is that when Labour set up the Scottish Parliament, they didn’t send any of their A-listers there.”
Party activists could be forgiven for wondering if he would now rather have Starmer in Downing Street than Sunak.
“He’s quitting as much on his own terms as he can, given the essentially zero political wriggle-room he had left.”
Laws such as the Public Records Act and Freedom of Information Act predate instant messaging and the blurring of the lines between official and personal communication.
ConHome Deputy Editor says that there’s scope for hiking international student fees and inventivising employers to invest in their workforces – but that requires long-term thinking.
“Because all the reforms you guys passed already have panned out really well over the past 20 years, haven’t they.”
ConservativeHome’s deputy editor speaks to Michael Portillo about whether or not the events of the past week have made the Union stronger.
Scottish Conservatives have attracted unionist voters who might not stick with them if the threat of independence were seen to recede.
The Scottish Secretary, understated in his public utterances, “often makes the wittiest interjections in Cabinet discussions”.
“It’s not within the gift of the Government to make the French naval patrols more effective, so the problem is what you do with them once they get here.”