The joint One Nation Caucus and Tory Reform Group conference last weekend, following the recent National Conservative Conference, are pointers to the shape of a possible future.
At the moment the Government takes the blame as the ultimate boss, whilst lacking many of the powers to put things right owing to the doctrine of independence.
Both the wish to improve education and to offer more help to families require more public spending, not less. Such proposals only make sense if government is willing to be tougher in other areas.
On some issues, he got it wrong. On other issues, he got it right but is misrepresented by some of his cheerleaders. And on other issues, he was right in the context of the time but circumstances have changed.
The legislation has damaging structural flaws to the economy, is holding back UK businesses, and punishing the flexible workforce.
The Government should work to diversify supply chains to increase resilience by making it easier and less expensive for UK supermarkets to import produce from all over the world.
“Why do we still impose VAT on domestic fuel when domestic fuel is too expensive, and then give people bigger subsidies?”
He’s recently been in the news for laying into Gary Neville, which will have done his cause no harm at all.
There are plenty of areas where wasteful public spending can be trimmed – but a strong dose of the wrong austerity will deepen the recession.
November 17th is a big day for the Sunak government, and the country. This financial statement will define politics up the next election.
The so-called Red Wall want us to set out a bold strategy for freedom and growth. If we do, voters lost at by-elections will return.
The former Policy Unit head isn’t the institutional Treasury’s greatest fan, and it will watch this appointment closely.
These moves are like those of a boxer who throws his arms round his opponent in an attempt to save himself from a knock-out blow.
Fifty-three Conservatives opposed the tiering plan last December, the largest Covid-related rebellion to date.