BORIS Johnson needs no encouragement to get behind the Tories and Brexit.
He is on typically boosterish form in his first big domestic political interview since leaving No10.
He declares that Labour can’t be trusted on Ukraine, warns Sir Keir Starmer will suck us back into the EU and insists the Tories can overturn a 29-point deficit to win the next election.
BoJo may have been wobbly on the nuts and bolts of government.
But as he shows in his TalkTV chat, he can inspire voters with his vision.
In contrast Rishi Sunak is matchless at detail, a vital skill for steadying the nation through economic turbulence.
As we approach the third anniversary of Brexit, his government is announcing a new wave of investment opportunities.
The Business Secretary, Grant Shapps, stresses that billions of pounds of investments have been unblocked since we broke free of Brussels three years ago.
“These new powers are enabling us to make laws which are benefiting the British economy,” he says.
“There are thousands of these now, coming about quietly and consistently, every day.”
This is good news, but the Tories have to get their message across quickly and clearly if they are to convince voters fed up with a party mired in scandal and sleaze allegations.
Rishi needs to sell a positive picture of a prosperous post-Brexit Britain, and then keep selling it with passion.
It’s a difficult ask when inflation and taxes are high due to war and Covid.
To achieve it, the PM may have to uncork some of the can-do spirit of his predecessor.
Home ward bound
THIS winter’s crisis has shockingly highlighted many chronic frailties afflicting the NHS.
The Government’s Urgent and Emergency Care plan is aimed at propping up some of its most serious weaknesses.
Freeing up beds filled by elderly patients who could be looked after just as well at home has been one of its long-term bugbears.
Anything that eases this scandalous logjam is a step in the right direction.
But given the billions of pounds that have already been thrown at the NHS, this is a sticking plaster.
The health service’s battalions of well-paid managers should have sorted out this kind of problem years ago.
For its long-term health, the NHS’s inept bureaucracy needs major surgery.