Politics may well have an ideas problem. But is the best way to deal with it yet another centrist love-in?
That was the norm of the past ten years, in the form of Farage’s parties. There’s no reason to assume that a new challenger won’t emerge.
One can conceive of Ministers seeking an all-party public front, and Labour objecting to responsibility with no power.
Having misjudged their message, their methods, and their moment, it is astonishing the extent to which the self-styled moderates squandered their resources.
All three parties have a middling band of targets – what leaps out is how so many Cameron-era gains now seem out of the Tories’ reach.
Our survey of the electoral battlefield kicks off with the East Midlands, where Labour and the Tories go head-to-head with minimal interference from smaller parties.
There are now 15 independents, plus the Change UK factions and a smattering of pro-Brexit rebel Labour MPs.
Plus: Sympathy for the Downing Street SpAds. The case for chemical castration. And: my interviews with the Tory leadership candidates.
No strategic judgement, no grassroots depth, no clear command structure, no unifying belief system, and a bunch of fractious personalities make for big trouble.
A Prime Minister might, in the autumn, ask the Queen to prorogue Parliament until the day after exit is legally due on 31 October.
“She is a Johnson, they have a bit of a history of saying stuff”.
The solution to the challenges we face doesn’t lie in burying our heads in the sand or in jumping ship to another party.
A basic problem remains unaltered – that there is no Commons majority for a No Deal Brexit. This point has been well made by Ann Widdecombe.
A lethal combination of strategic incoherence and operational incompetence has seen the Remain wave pass the would-be mould-breakers by.
We have just 17 days from tomorrow now to do what voters told us to do on the doorsteps last Thursday – namely, ‘get Brexit sorted’.