He cannot be blamed for his political colleagues’ personal affairs. But making this speech revealed serious political naivete, and the effect was catastrophic on Conservative credibility.
Many of Tory MPs will be sick and tired of the self-reverential obsequies attached to the Committee’s deliberation and verdict – and of the hysteria, hate, vitriol and venom directed at a man without whom many would never have had the opportunity to serve in Parliament.
Both the referendum and our eventual departure from the EU were delivered only with decades of legislative trench warfare in the House of Commons.
The agreement that Johnson has obtained rights the wrongs inflicted by Major and a succession of Europhile Prime Ministers.
Her told a meeting in 1994 that “it has recently been said that the option of leaving the Community [is] ‘unthinkable’. I believe this attitude is rather simplistic.”
The former Cabinet minister, who went to prison for perjury, explains why, as a prison chaplain, he is happier than he has ever been.
She replies: “I think you know the answer to that.”
The panel, comprising legally-trained Conservative and DUP MPs as well as outside experts, set out their full legal reasoning for rejecting the deal.
Which presumably means, since Dodds is one of the eight, that the DUP takes the same view.
“It’s not just the implementation period. It would be for the whole of the backstop, and that would potentially be unlimited.”
“In my personal opinion, Olly Robbins should go to the Tower, in which case he should arrive by river.”
We currently have it at 189 declared for May, versus the 31 publicly opposed, and 93 undeclared.
Europe has no Madisons to make the case for federalism, while the Leavers patronise us by pretending that leaving is without risk.
What counts most is opposition to a Bill or to parts of it. And most Tory criticisms of the EU Withdrawal Bill aren’t coming from the Brexiteers.
He wouldn’t have let Cash and Fox, Johnson and Rees-Mogg seize the agenda. He would have fought Farage’s populism as he fought that of Powell.