In a provocative move, my colleague Iain Dale asked in his column yesterday whether Dave might act this year in a way that could make me say something nice about him. While agreeing with Mr Dale that this is a tall order, I must shock him by saying that there is indeed a faint sign of hope. On Tuesday, the Conservative Party is planning to unveil a new welfare policy. A key part of this is to incentivise the private sector to get some of our 3.1 million long-term unemployed off benefits and into work. Since we should always prefer great projects to be undertaken by someone other than the state, this is a step in the right direction, and I applaud it.
Good on him. I hope this trend continues! Perhaps Peter Hitchens might now follow suit. Or perhaps not. I think I need a lie down.