Time and again the Whitehall regulatory reflex markets which are at once overpriced and inadequate to need.
The Government now intends to remove the first 18 clauses of its own legislation and present the Commons with new ones in the autumn.
The First Minister hides behind the Supreme Court to avoid an unofficial referendum, but then plans to use an election as a ‘proxy’.
The Party’s internationalist-minded Left talks the rebellious talk, but is less ready to walk the walk.
Lord Frost is right about the dangers of politicians chasing the dragon on regulation. But landlords can’t have it both ways.
There is a deep tension between a democratic constitution and efforts to insulate rights from changes in public opinion.
Also: on the centenary of his assassination, Unionist MP and war hero gunned down by IRA gets memorial in Parlaiment.
It seems to fall between two stools: neither a tight technical update of the existing system, nor a fundamental overhaul.
At PMQs, he demanded the Government meet with the RMT. But what would the current Shadow Cabinet do in such a meeting?
This is too important an issue for too many people for ‘the optics of a fight with Labour’ to be the primary motivation.
The trip itself is perfectly defensible, but the party is drifting back towards the factionalism that broke out under Theresa May.
It marks a shift from his original vision, which placed a much greater emphasis on individual schools having the freedom to do their own thing.
Also: the DUP can be forgiven for being sceptical that the Government will deliver on its Protocol promises.
In what universe is “the peril which has emerged” not inherent to the structure of the deal he struck?