The Prime Minister must make up his mind whether or not to see through a policy to stop the small boats – now an issue of profound symbolic importance.
It’s unjust to sack an Minister, rather than suspend him, over unproven claims. Now those against him have been dismissed, he should be restored to government.
The average score is the lowest recently, though not by all that much – a natural extension of the panel’s verdict yesterday on the Government’s economic policy.
Perhaps the best way of reading this finding is the most simple – as a cry of pain from Tory activists as prices rise, the economy slows, and the tax burden moves towards its highest level since World War Two.
Is he fated to be a fire-fighter, a leader grappling with crisis? Or can he find the political space to deliver a more personal message – perhaps to do with education?
The next generation of Conservative MPs may be no less gifted. But there’s one thing they can’t provide: institutional memory.
There is no reason to believe that carrots without sticks would deliver the homes that Britain needs – however many shiny new facilities, street votes and new money local voters are offered.
Careless talk costs credibility – a point that politicians who like musing aloud about undesirable outcomes should bear in mind.
Perhaps all he could do today was seek to protect the Government from the markets. But there wasn’t much sense of a coherent strategy to deliver a win – either economic or political.
The harsh lesson of the Truss premiership is that Hunt’s mission isn’t to strike a judicious balance between not spooking the markets and not intensifying the recession. It’s not to spook the markets. Period.
He rejects “other allegations about my past conduct…but I recognise these are becoming a distraction for the good work this government is doing for the British people”.
Britain is committed to achieving Net Zero by 2050. Sunak pledged to make us self-sufficient in energy by 2045. But wouldn’t hitting the last target mean missing the first – if we were ever going reach it anyway?
Over and above his future hangs a bigger question – namely, whether holding Ministers properly to account is the same thing as pile-ons by the media pack.
The Government is only part of the way to a coherent asylum policy. To complete the journey, it would have to go where Sunak pointed, and leave the Refugee Convention.