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Labour like to say we are the only major economy whose GDP has not recovered to prepandemic levels. But looking at GDP at constant prices in national currency the UK economy in 2022, according to the IMF, was one per cent bigger than in 2019.
He will have believed he had no need to define himself more clearly when his poll ratings were high. So now other people are doing it for him.
One can be confident that arguments to the contrary are the sort of defeatist doom-mongering up with which Johnson will not put.
Never underestimate the power of Labour. Its message of helping the underdog and the poor is enduring, still popular and extremely potent.
Plus: Shapps’ presentational success and Hancock’s stuck tests. And: whatever Johnson says on Sunday, he’ll be damned either way.
A new history of the magazine, which has just celebrated its 10,000th issue, relates how successive editors showed their “hatred of shams”.
It may be significant that the one person who doesn’t seem to be making their mistake is Keir Starmer.
His big win marks the end of the EU Ascendancy and the beginning of a new era: that of Britain as a sovereign nation.
This is Ireland’s deal as much as the UK’s. So the Taoiseach has an interest in assisting the Prime Minister over extension.
If a UK-EU deal is agreed, it will be because both men want one urgently – which in turn opens a chance to reset Anglo-Irish relations.
Let me give seven examples of principles that most Conservatives would support. I struggle to reconcile them with those pursuing a No Deal Brexit at any cost.
We can begin to see how a deal can now be agreed and then pass Parliament. But the obstacles are still formidable.
Plus: Why won’t Corbyn come on LBC and give an interview? He hasn’t done once since becoming Labour leader.
The present election will turn on whether MPs and activists put national popularity before ideological soundness.
Here’s both what his team did and how it communicated – deploying the discipline of the second to boost the first.