Is he fated to be a fire-fighter, a leader grappling with crisis? Or can he find the political space to deliver a more personal message – perhaps to do with education?
A party in office for fourteen at the likely time of the general election will find it hard to escape being held responsible for all that’s gone wrong. This can result in a vicious circle of unpopularity leading to division leading to greater unpopularity.
Investors in science and technology need to be able to rely on the assurance that we will not fall behind nations such as the US, Israel, Germany and South Korea in our investment to science.
When a minister comes under attack from the parliamentary lobby, petty allegations are treated as monstrous crimes.
We now have created a situation where the OBR is effectively setting the immediate stance of fiscal policy. If economic expectations are poor, the finances look poor, so austerity or tax hikes follow – but these in turn make the economy and finances worse.
In Jeremy Hunt’s first big pitch to the UK business community, he must listen to the demands set out in our research, and get both his diagnosis and prescription correct.
Hunt faces the conflicting objectives of reassuring the markets at the same time as continuing with as much of her agenda as possible.
Rather than an ideological approach, these four ideals – pragmatism, stewardship, One Nation and empowerment – should be the foundations of Conservative economic policy.
Truss’s administration, whether fairly or not, was perceived to have backtracked on some of the party’s key environmental commitments.
He cannot now fulfil the great, unavoidable function of any Conservative leader, which is to unite the party. The wounds are too recent and too raw.
Two months ago, I warned that you could ignore Truss’s campaign pledges, and that her premiership would herald higher taxes, more borrowing, and spending cuts. Unfortunately, I have been entirely vindicated.
Footnote: abstentions are to be treated with caution. If a Tory MP doesn’t vote with the Government, one mustn’t presume that he is deliberately failing to support it – since he may be ill, abroad, or otherwise engaged.
‘Trussonomics’, which was never really defined and was yet to evolve, is now dead. The events in recent weeks that led to its downfall were avoidable.
The former Chancellor’s letter to the Prime Minister on his departure, affirming his support for her and her agenda.
The Prime Minister made the statement and took questions from the press following her sacking of Kwarteng.