Daily Archives: August 14, 2013

Jim Pickard

If the Tories appear to be gaining traction in the political debate of recent months it may reflect the decision to focus on a small number of core “wedge issues”: immigration, benefits, the economy, the unions. On these the Conservatives know they have an electoral advantage: in contrast to say “NHS” or “jobs”.

That stategy was drawn up at Chequers two months ago at a gathering of senior Conservative figures including David Cameron; Grant Shapps, chairman; and Craig Oliver, head of press.

It was there that the decision was taken to take the gloves off over the Labour links with the unions: the fruits of which could be seen at a bruising session of prime minister’s questions not long before recess began.

There will be more to come on the unions, with Michael Gove, education secretary, to lead the charge on this at the end of the month, I hear. (You may remember that the