The number of possibilities teaches us three lessons about politics today. Firstly, never to underestimate the role played by mere chance. Secondly, that this is not an age of great leaders who make their own luck. And, thirdly, that we need to choose more carefully in future.
In the same interview he said “I tend to be rather bad at politics”, which is true if one takes the holding of great offices of state as the yardstick of success.
Plus: The North London polenta-eating intelligentsia can’t cope with a North East accent. And: A secret wedding is possible.
His enemies yearn to place the PM in an ideological box, and smash him to pieces for having the wrong opinions. He refuses to oblige them.
MPs including Thérèse Coffey and Vicky Ford congratulated the couple as the story broke yesterday evening.
The Vaccines Minister adds that “it is a wonderful thing for both of them that they have made their vows to one another.”
Yesterday, he bent the passage of time – by giving the Commons the chance to carry out a Covid reckoning before the inquiry is up and running.
He denies being the source of leaks about it and Dyson; is silent on the Saudi-related leak about Newcastle United.
“It was not about the lobby,” says a friend of Vote Leave. “It was about getting a message out to voters beyond the M25.”
A new volume of essays puts special advisers in historical context, and suggests the Cabinet has been marginalised by a succession of over-mighty PMs.
Does this sentence say more about a) Dominic Cummings? b) Carrie Symonds? c) The media? d) The dog?
The final article in ConHome’s series on the Prime Minister’s Reset Moment – and what should follow from it.
America’s result is having knock-on effects in Downing Street: see yesterday’s green speech and today’s defence news.
She may appear to present a softer target than he does, but she has never been afraid of fighting her corner.
Our interviewee on the “disgraceful” treatment of Symonds and Johnson’s longstanding Euroscepticism.