The question is why the UK is being so timid. is it Johnson, ministers or the Blob? Let’s consider the options.
Local pride in towns like Blyth is wounded at every turn by evidence of neglect, shoddiness and former greatness.
Leading by example is all well and good. Impoverishing yourself in order to make a point, not so much.
The centre isn’t where he or ConservativeHome or anyone else wants it to be. It’s where it is – “Far From Notting Hill”.
The forgotten victims tend to be the taxpayer and small businesses – most of which can barely get hold of their local councillors, let alone ministers.
Staying at home is, like anything else, habit-forming. Getting people to come out of lockdown is the hard part of the Government’s plan.
In that sense, his speech could easily have been given by a much more fitting figure for the Ditchley Foundation: Tony Blair.
Register to put your questions to the best-selling science writer and campaigning peer on Wednesday 10th June.
One of the most dangerous sequences in politics goes like this. “Something must be done. Here’s something. Let’s do it.”
With a woof-woof here and a moo-moo there, there is a new Tory focus on our feathered, scaled, winged and four-legged friends.
The wonderful reality of human progress continues to contradict the miserablist rhetoric of the modern left.
Ricardo’s theory of comparative advantage is 200 years old, but still often misunderstood.