It isn’t just pro-Brexit MPs who should be watching the Prime Minister carefully. It’s pro-Union ones: in other words, all of them.
When you’re worried about your child’s school, politicians look remote when they sound more interested in acronym bingo on whether we should look more like Canada or Norway.
They want to know that their political leaders aren’t racist or judgemental or stuck in a 1950s parody – but they aren’t interested in hearing about these ideas primarily.
We must keep asking: ‘what’s the right level to pursue social repair?’ The nation is too large; the individual is too small. The community remains the right place.
It would be a huge waste to spend huge sums restoring the body of Westminster whilst decanting – probably permanently – its spirit.
A catspaw of Osborne? A competitor to Policy Exchange? A resource for a modernising leadership candidate? The truth is more subtle and interesting.
Detoxifying the Party never meant moving to the left – this year’s manifesto was well to the left economically of anything we advocated.
Even in an age where institutional attachments run shallow, too many young people are coming to share a deep-seating dislike of our Party.
His time as an MP is surely coming to an end, but Conservatives will miss the former Chancellor’s enthusiasm for technology and global competitiveness.
“Theresa May and her Government will fight for those broadly small-l liberal, free-market values as hard as any previous Conservative government.”
The traditions and idiosyncrasies of our legislature are a precious inheritance, and the Prime Minister must preserve them.
“We would still help the very poor and we would fight injustices, but the Party would adopt a relentless focus on governing in the interests of ordinary, working people.”