This site would scrap the scheme. But sunk political costs as well as economic ones are likely to keep this Cameron modernisation legacy project chugging on and on.
And the axeing of the Victoria Derbyshire Show suggests that the next Director General must be a transformational one.
By the time May finally stepped down, I was concerned about the future of our parliamentary democracy. What a waste of well over three years.
I have lost count as to how many Tories I have recently met who assume that we will be in power for the next ten to fifteen years. That worries me.
This imbalance is driven by the core science budget: the Research Councils (which fund projects) and Quality Related “QR” funding, which universities allocate.
If we really are becoming the Party of Blue Collar Conservatives, our Party must become the change that we want to see.
The project has its vocal supporters, but there are many areas in the North of England which it will not help at all.
“Bad management” or “the wrong skills” or “incompetent people” are held up as the root cause of bad government.My central gripe is that I doubt this is true.
Optimism abounds as people return to work. Millions of people have new-found enthusiasm, energy and hope, akin to a delicious cake baked with the trusty ingredients of political stability and economic potential. What a difference a few months can do for a major nation’s fortunes. It’s worth reflecting on and correcting some misleading impressions of […]
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It isn’t obvious that his foreign policy has been less effective than George W.Bush’s activism or Obama’s passivity. But what’s his aim here?
This new government seems to want to concentrate its energies on a particular end. Will it succeed where others have failed?
Cummings is clearly a winner – and Party members want to keep hold of him now that there is a Tory government in place with a big majority.
The scale of his domestic ambitions and the legacy of the Iraq War suggest that his ambitions will be limited – for the moment at least.
Can have a bold enough economic policy that people in these newly gained seats can see the difference in five years’ time?
Don’t expect Downing Street to bother too much about what MPs or the media think as it prepares to shake up government.
His big win marks the end of the EU Ascendancy and the beginning of a new era: that of Britain as a sovereign nation.
The move back to two party politics of 2017 seems to be repeating itself this time round.
Corbyn has made it safer to indulge the Tory leadership’s willingness to spend. But there are signs of at least some restraint.
The Confederation has wielded considerable influence over the last 30 years. But other, more entrepreneurial voices, must be heard, too.
The Johnson-Cummings disdain of Parliament echoes Oliver Cromwell’s struggles with the institution. Brendan O’Duffy (Queen Mary University of London) discusses how Cromwell’s second tenure as Lord Protector tried to establish an ‘Anglo-British’ nation that bears a resemblance to the vision espoused by hard Brexiters. In his admiring review of Graham Allison’s Destined for War, Dominic Cummings discussed the logic of […]
Plus: I have the right to speak my mind about Liverpool. Plus: am I a true Conservative?
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.
Since Parliament is unlikely to consider many of the measures proposed today, they should be put to the people as soon as possible.
Sir John Major recently described the Conservatives as a “Brexit Party Tribute Band”. Ken Clarke pronounced the Conservative Party as “the Brexit Party rebadged”. On her way to the Lib Dems, Heidi Allen complained the Tories had “become Brexit Party Version 2”. Numerous commentators have pointed out that Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings have shifted […]
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Yesterday’s Downing Street briefing and the plight of the Brexit talks suggest that he will ultimately settle for extension. That could be fatal – not least for him.
The eerie atmosphere at this conference is the calm in a party which wants to come back together.
In the 1970s, Lord Hailsham warned that Britain was in danger of sinking into an ‘elective dictatorship’ because of the vulnerability of its constitutional arrangements. Julian Petley (Brunel University London) says his warning, which was aimed at the left, is more relevant than ever as Boris Johnson’s government tries to impose its will on Parliament. Not only did Boris Johnson attempt […]
Within the Cardiff Bay cartel, ‘BDS’ originally meant the ‘Brexit Derangement Syndrome’ of those who see in Brexit the twilight of Wales’ elites. Yet in these heady days ‘BDS’ stands for the ‘Boris Derangement Syndrome’ that has now sent Wales’ devolved governing class into orbit. The EU-signalling from Cardiff Bay shows that Johnson and his […]
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Its verdict fundamentally misunderstands Parliamentary Sovereignty – thus raising big questions about the future of the judiciary and the stability of our constitution.