For his Shadow Cabinet, I would choose media friendly spokespeople, and back them up with deputies more on the policy wonkish side of things.
Also: Opposition parties force the SNP to abandon a bid to suspend trial by jury; and more good reading on the fallout from Alex Salmond’s acquittal.
Tensions – political, economic and otherwise – have been exacerbated in the eurozone, as it tries to navigate this pandemic.
None the less, while lockdown alleviates the worst, it doesn’t deliver the best. The Government should probe less costly ways to achieve the same ends.
That grim calculation must at some point be made. Refusing to face it is not an act of high-mindedness, but of dereliction.
My casework system has seen 400 plus new emails from residents and businesses entered onto it, for the most part each of which represents a new case.
Very few businesses could survive a lockdown of the type we’re currently in for six months. A sustained one will have to be more focused.
Somewhere where you can belong not only to a friendship group or network of mutual interests, but also to a community, a place, a county and a country.
Plus: Treasury and Work & Pensions lessons. Greenlighters v the rest. Remembering Attlee’s surplus. And: the key question now is “how”, not “what”.
Plus: My video tour of my bookshelves and why I won’t indulge editors. Three times in the last few says I’ve said no to them.
Also: Salmond gathers his forces and his allies call for inquiries and resignations as the SNP civil war gathers momentum.
Britain cannot afford to take so long to incorporate international lessons as the epidemic progresses.
I’m putting out regular videos about the reasons for social distancing and self-isolation, and why the Government is adopting the testing strategy that it is.
Whether moderate right Conservative, or moderate left, austerity is dead, and this new age will be with us for a long time to come.
In contrast to 2008’s financial crisis, the Coronavirus is expected to be short-lived. In the meantime, the Government must be quick to protect livelihoods.
With the bazooka being well-wielded by Sunak, it seems almost churlish to suggest some further things the Treasury could do. But here are three.
Plus: Some of the measures which the Government is taking weren’t necessary even during the supreme national crisis of World War Two.
Also: schools and business shut down across the nation as COVID-19 responses grow more severe; DUP slammed in ‘cash-for-ash’ report; and Salmond’s trial continues.
With so many leaders focussed on defeating coronavirus, Brexit negotiations seem another world away. But sooner or later the question of a transition period will return
The theoretical aim of policy then should be bridging over what is hopefully a short pause in activity – eliminating near-term distress for households and businesses.
One of the most dangerous sequences in politics goes like this. “Something must be done. Here’s something. Let’s do it.”
What about the impact on domestic violence, with everyone stuck in their own homes? And on those with serious but non-life threatening health problems?
The fact that Darlington station was explicitly addressed in his statement is a great sign of how swiftly the Chancellor has mastered the detail of his brief.
If we are going to need to raise a lot of money in tax, this needs to be done in a way which minimises damage to our capacity to create wealth.
Plus: Cometh the hour, cometh the Hancock. And: Why Phillips doesn’t hate Muslims, Clinton could become U.S President and the Budget could all go wrong.
Also: Gove warns the Electoral Commission not to ‘waste time’ on SNP demands; Scottish Nationalists showing the strain as problems mount; and more.
Sensationalising data is all too common in politics. We have to end this trend if we want to keep people safe.
Plus: As of writing, I’ve had hardly any communications at all from constituents about the Coronavirus.
For the Conservatives to fulfil their promise of “levelling up” the UK, they must create ample employment opportunities.
The culture wars over sex and gender are increasingly being played out in the courts, with insufficient regard for coherence or the intentions of legislation.