He will have believed he had no need to define himself more clearly when his poll ratings were high. So now other people are doing it for him.
The Prime Minister’s score is still dire: he is back in positive ratings, but not by very much. Though a substantial minority of the panel want him on the leadership election ballot and/or would vote for him had they the option, a larger majority of it does not.
Would either or both of them have a strong enough base among Conservative MPs to make it to the membership stage?
Our findings and theirs are in the same territory even allowing for six months’ or so difference. There is no decisive view on who any replacement should be.
Mission creep is even easier when it’s another nation’s soldiers fighting and dying on the front line.
A pattern is beginning to form below the Defence Secretary, with Truss, Zahawi and Trevelyan coming in variously at second, third and fourth.
Meanwhile, Johnson is out of negative ratings for the first time in three months – and in comparative mid-table safety.
In the public imagination, his vague nuclear threats suggest intercontinental strikes against western cities. But suppose they mean something else.
Europe and the US will not repeat mistakes we made the invasion of Crimea. We will stand united, and he would be unwise to test us.
We’ve trained 22,000 members of the Ukrainian armed forces under Operation Orbital since 2015 – and have sent over 2,000 anti-tank missiles.
The Salisbury attack constituted a kind of education in how brutal and shameless Moscow is prepared to be when flouting national sovereignty.
Voters’ reluctance to act may gall the hawks, but it is decades in the making – and an accurate judgment of the UK’s actual military power.
Johnson is still in negative ratings, though less so, and Sunak’s score is at its lowest since he became Chancellor.
And: surely Johnson wants to know who authorised the Nowzad instruction. Plus: go on – make it all about Brexit.
A Foreign Office civil servant said one thing and Downing Street says another. What happened?