His team appear to believe the problem is that activists don’t know their candidate well enough, but it is quite the opposite.
The Foreign Secretary’s proposals most resemble Anthony Barber’s 1972 ‘dash for growth’, pouring fuel on the fire of an economy already racked by monetary expansion and a looming energy crisis.
My guess is that she is too smart to allow the worst case scenario to happen. To do that, however, she is going to have to move swiftly from focusing on winning the confidence of Conservative MPs and party members to winning the confidence of the markets.
She explains why she changed her mind on Brexit, confirms she would change the Bank’s mandate, and says she would be happy to find a place for Sunak in her team.
There is a political storm raging but becalmed in the eye of the storm is the economy. A tale of two halves, this is a result of both global forces and self-inflicted woes.
Departmental budgets are being eroded as both construction costs and public sector pay demands start to spiral.
Any benefits voters get from lower taxes will be wiped out if the Bank of England doesn’t learn to keep inflation down.
When the final two candidates emerge, they have serious repair work to do. They must ensure they’re speaking to the public about cost-of-living issues.
We cannot afford a lost summer of masterly inactivity when the challenge of the cost of living crisis is so urgent.
Businesses and employees are only responding to monetary conditions set by the Bank of England, where the real responsibility lies.
The Northern Ireland Secretary also warns about putting up the National Debt “which our children will then have to pay off.”
Our current inflation is caused both by post-Covid shortages and a huge expansion in the money supply. Large pay increases would make it worse.
At PMQs, he demanded the Government meet with the RMT. But what would the current Shadow Cabinet do in such a meeting?
Agency workers and minimum service guarantees are a start. But there is more for Ministers to do.
A chunky increase in public sector pay would, realistically, have to be financed by spending cuts and long-term savings – through driverless trains, for example.