The former Chancellor can become spokesman for a cause, and it isn’t hard to see what it could be: lower spending and taxes.
Plus: Chinese whispers, Whitehall moves – and a Budget that is set to target business rather than taxpayers.
Party member opinion on the negotiations is clearly at the harder end of the spectrum on independence and economics – though not invariably on immigration.
Though if May moves Philip Hammond, or seeks to, she is also likely to move Boris Johnson, or try to.
She can indicate that neither her party nor the public will be satisfied if she bows the knee to Brussels.
Some Ministers and Conservative MPs are so spooked by Corbyn that they are in danger of losing their heads.
Continental Europe needs the financial services of London just as much, if not more, than London needs its financial exports to Continental Europe.
The campaign to quit the EU lacks charismatic faces to put up against the Prime Minister, three former premiers and well-known business figures.
The new Energy and Climate Change Secretary epitomises the belief of the Cameroons that they can dominate politics for many years to come.
Our proposed tax cut for small businesses is big, bold, self-financing – and would boost jobs and drive up living standards. What could be more Thatcherite than that?
Lord Saatchi’s scheme fails the Thatcher Test – because it abandons the principle that the tax system should be as neutral as possible between different businesses.
By Paul GoodmanFollow Paul on Twitter. My take on the EU is that a renegotiation push is unlikely to result in many powers being returned to Britain, and that leaving the Union would bring short-term economic pain but medium-term gain. This is why I would vote to leave the EU were a referendum to take […]
By Paul GoodmanFollow Paul on Twitter. To the Carlton Club yesterday evening…for a Taxpayers' Alliance's dinner to celebrate the 1988 budget, the silver anniversary of which takes place this year. That's the one in which Nigel Lawson, the then Chancellor, cut corporation tax from 27p to 25p, raised personal allowances by twice the rate of […]