Activists are willing to go along with the Party as long as it’s prepared to go along with them. Which has meant it doing so on the great issues of the day. Which in recent years have boiled down to one – Brexit.
No Conservative leader has lost a challenge as Prime Minister, but neither have any survived their victories by as much as a year.
As long as this former priest and aspirant actor can find some high moral reason for doing so, he loves to make trouble.
As Blair realised, but his successor apparently does not, hysterical denunciations of political leaders are liable to prove counter-productive.
Their votes against today’s measures come risk-free – since, if the Labour leader holds his course, there’s no chance of them being defeated.
Never mind the holiday, feel the challenge – that’s to say, moving on from responding to Brexit to what Afghanistan may mean for foreign policy.
Having been so focused on Covid health outcomes, we have lost sight of our nation’s terrible rate of drug-related deaths.
It may gradually slide down the road to a more neutralist position in the years ahead – to paraphrase William Hague “In NATO, but not run by NATO.”
But this electoral Titan has an Achilles heel – tax rises which, rather than planning or HS2, are the real threat to future Chesham & Amershams.
The role of strong local leadership here cannot be underestimated in galvanizing place prosperity.
“We have to be ready for really rapid ruthless local lockdowns” and test and trace.
Tories will read the story of his ascent to high office with enormous pleasure – for it amounts to a vindication of the United Kingdom.
Multilateral political cooperation with the EU, as well as the bilateral relations with its member states, remains in the UK’s best interest.
His columns from The Times are informed by his experience of what works, and more importantly, what doesn’t work.