When the new government announced its economic aim is to promote growth and prosperity it heralded a most important change. It was a change I had pressed for for several years, meeting with disapproval from Mr Hammond.
A former leader of the Conservative party, Iain Duncan Smith, posts pictures of his vandalised constituency office online. This provokes an avalanche of vicious abuse and threats of violence against him and his family.
There has not been a lot of media comment, but the pound has risen from 1.06 Euros to 1.17 Euros since August and from $1.21 to $1.29. The commentators say this has happened thanks to opinion polls implying a Conservative government that can get Brexit done. Indeed, its not so far off the Euro 1.23 and $1.37 levels it was at just before the referendum.
The Conservative Manifesto, echoing Vote Leave, promises to take back control of our money and our laws. Some are writing in to claim we will have to live with tax harmonisation or a level playing field with the EU after we have left thanks to the wIthdrawal Agreement.
The party, reports a huge new statistical survey based on YouGov polling, is heading for a crushing defeat. In London it is set to lose both Kensington — its most spectacular gain in 2017 — and Dagenham and Rainham, which has been a solid supporter for decades.
I have always believed and argued that we can be better off economically once we leave the EU. As long as we have the right budget and follow pro growth policies on exit, the UK economy can speed up a bit from its current levels.