The Education Endowment Foundation is headed by a person who describes grouping children according to their learning needs and abilities as “symbolically violent”. It should be scrapped.
Under this scheme, the ’22 Executive would change the rules, Truss would go – and a high threshold would be set to ensure only a single nomination.
Wallace is top again – with Cleverly, Badenoch, Braverman, Rees-Mogg and Mordaunt above 50 points. There’s a tentative air about this table, as the panel feels its way with the new regime.
The Prime Minister’s score is still dire: he is back in positive ratings, but not by very much. Though a substantial minority of the panel want him on the leadership election ballot and/or would vote for him had they the option, a larger majority of it does not.
A pattern is beginning to form below the Defence Secretary, with Truss, Zahawi and Trevelyan coming in variously at second, third and fourth.
The Home Secretary’s reticence in publicly backing the Prime Minister reflects concern from those enforcing the law about defending those seen to break it.
Murty recognises that her tax arrangements “offended” a “sense of fair play”, he says.
Chancellor “has been a remarkable force for good”, according to policing minister.
Meanwhile, Johnson is out of negative ratings for the first time in three months – and in comparative mid-table safety.
Johnson is still in negative ratings, though less so, and Sunak’s score is at its lowest since he became Chancellor.
And Ministers associated with support for Covid restrictions suffer noticeable falls in their scores.
House price growth is driving many Londoners to move out. The Mayor is failing to respond to this – or to the other challenges we face.
There is a willingness to give the new Cabinet a chance, but nervousness about the country’s economic prospects and the Party’s strategic direction.
Among them are: what does he do about economic policy? Who runs Downing Street? And: what about the Home and Foreign Offices?