I have been a bit snowed under, and travelling, in the last few days, so apologies to anyone who came on here and found a short and rather tired blog on why David Cameron was avoiding having an inquiry into the banks.

However, by popular demand (i.e one person who read it whilst perusing the internet and suggested I put it on here, I offer you a piece on leadership and strategy that I wrote for the Portland Quarterly, a publication from the PR and strategy company for which I work part-time. And if you get to the bottom of the page, there is an interesting piece on the Tories and polling to be found by going onto the next page, signposted bottom right.