There is next to no support among its ranks in the Commons for more immigration, liberalising planning law and improving access to European markets.
Like Margaret Thatcher, he does not regard the preservation of the status quo as either morally acceptable or practically possible:
The two easiest routes to boosting prosperity are by increasing immigration and planning reform. This is a reality few newfound enthusiasts for growth are willing to face.
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?
The principled case for Clarke’s amendment is also the simplest one. Why should central government stand in the way of local communities where there is support for building new turbines?
After it issued an Inclusive Language Guide some may question whether this lobby group represents good value for the £53 million of taxpayer’s money it spends each year.
The Chancellor may have reassured the markets by daring to be dull, but did nothing to raise the spirits of Conservatives.
Wallace is top again – with Cleverly, Badenoch, Braverman, Rees-Mogg and Mordaunt above 50 points. There’s a tentative air about this table, as the panel feels its way with the new regime.
The ultimate political problem is that people support housing in principle but not in practice. But these ‘fast tracks for beauty’ would create more homes and better places.
The Prime Minister’s score is still dire: he is back in positive ratings, but not by very much. Though a substantial minority of the panel want him on the leadership election ballot and/or would vote for him had they the option, a larger majority of it does not.
A pattern is beginning to form below the Defence Secretary, with Truss, Zahawi and Trevelyan coming in variously at second, third and fourth.
Meanwhile, Johnson is out of negative ratings for the first time in three months – and in comparative mid-table safety.
The fundamental problem is that costs are going up faster than we are getting more productive.
Johnson is still in negative ratings, though less so, and Sunak’s score is at its lowest since he became Chancellor.
And Ministers associated with support for Covid restrictions suffer noticeable falls in their scores.