A structural weakness in her campaign is that she is telling party members what they want to hear – rather than preparing them for the hard times that Britain faces.
The Budget was, if truly honest, a sign that the Government shuns spending cuts and embraces tax rises – which is ultimately unsustainable.
It will probe whether or or not Sunak can prepare the country for that future – and perhaps succeed Johnson himself, “one fine day”.
Plus: Unsung Conservative heroes. The Centre for Rocket Studies. And: why do we need the traditional, three-year University course?
In all, there are 30 new entries in the whole list, one down on last year and two down on the 2016 record of 33.
Theresa May thought aloud about low interest rates. Mark Carney hit back and no more was heard from her. Time for others to do so?
There are plenty of possible ways the Party can expand its reach beyond the politically committed, but it shouldn’t neglect the simplest step.
Robert Colvile authors his final article exploring the internet’s impact on politics. If we believe our leaders, it is only a matter of time before the internet transforms the way politics works. David Miliband and George Osborne, for example, are both evangelical about its power: the latter has spoken of “recasting the political settlement for […]
Robert Colvile authors his fourth article exploring the internet’s impact on politics. As blogs become more powerful and parties adapt to the web, will the voice of the individual MP become drowned out? Perhaps – but is that not the situation already? Many people, to be brutally honest, would not even recognise their own MP, […]
Robert Colvile authors his third article exploring the internet’s impact on politics. Yesterday, I argued that political parties can use the internet to become more agile, open, decentralised entities, appealing to people through single issues and lively, intelligent prose. But there are already people doing that rather successfully – the bloggers and campaigners. The blogosphere […]
Robert Colvile authors his second article exploring the internet’s impact on politics. A few months ago, I was one of the few outsiders taking an interest in the Lib Dem leadership contest – not because I backed Chris Huhne over Nick Clegg, but because I wanted to see how important the internet had become to […]
Robert Colvile begins a series of articles exploring the internet’s impact on politics. By looking at what people look for via search engines we can learn a lot about what interests people about politics. Robert is a features editor and leader writer at the Daily Telegraph. He was also part-time director of the think-tank Direct […]
Robert is Director of Direct Democracy. For the next part of this series, Dr Lee Rotherham will look at the obstacle of the EU. This isn’t something you’ll read often on this site, but here we go: the Lib Dems were right, and we were wrong. Back in the 1980s, the Conservatives had a problem […]
Robert Colvile is the director of Direct Democracy. As the loans-for-peerages affair is teaching us, when it comes to politics the people with the money have the power. For the past decade, Gordon Brown has had remarkable control over the domestic agenda simply because he controls who gets how much cash. Similarly, to achieve its […]