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“What a dif­fer­ence a year makes,” said the Daily Mail. May ad­dressed the last Tory con­fer­ence from “a po­si­tion of seem­ingly unas­sail­able strength”. Now she and the Tories are barely cling­ing to power. The PM’S pri­or­ity in Manch­ester this week was sim­ply “sur­vival”, said The Guardian – and, given her party’s “deep in­stincts of self­p­reser­va­tion and dis­ci­pline”, she may yet get her wish. Whether she de­serves to sur­vive, how­ever, is another mat­ter.

The Tories are rightly wor­ried about their lack of sup­port among the young, said The Times. Their prob­lem ex­tends far be­yond stu­dents: at the last elec­tion, the cross­over age at which vot­ers were more likely to vote Tory than Labour was 47, ac­cord­ing to Yougov re­search. The party is now try­ing to tackle this de­mo­graphic “time bomb”, but it has cho­sen some “odd” poli­cies. The mod­est tweaks to tuition fees are un­likely to make much dif­fer­ence. As for ex­pand­ing Help to Buy, this scheme helps a few peo­ple, but drives up prices for ev­ery­one by boost­ing de­mand. It’s far more im­por­tant to in­crease the sup­ply of homes, said The Sun­day Times. “A house­build­ing rev­o­lu­tion was the mak­ing of Harold Macmil­lan. It should be Mrs May’s do­mes­tic pri­or­ity.”

May: un­lucky gen­eral?

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