The Prime Minister has no way of even trying to ensure the dispute is over by April except capitulating to the EU.
Also: having missed his self-imposed deadline of October 28th, Heaton-Harris changes the law to push Stormont vote back to April.
Chris Heaton-Harris will probably call elections sooner rather than later, but another share of his department’s dwindling stock of credibility is lost.
Wallace is top again. Badenoch and Cleverly score well. Sunak wins a respectable rating. And Williamson is in negative territory.
Why has neither he nor Heaton-Harris pushed back against Sinn Fein’s nonsensical claims about ‘joint authority’ with Dublin?
He says claims Johnson “has the numbers” even though he hasn’t hit 100 public backers.
Wallace is top again – with Cleverly, Badenoch, Braverman, Rees-Mogg and Mordaunt above 50 points. There’s a tentative air about this table, as the panel feels its way with the new regime.
The author compares politics to a game of snakes and ladders, but demonstrates that it is actually far harder than that.
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.
A pattern is beginning to form below the Defence Secretary, with Truss, Zahawi and Trevelyan coming in variously at second, third and fourth.
Heaton-Harris was appointed to rescue the Government’s whipping operation. The last 48 hours have not suggested that is going well.
Meanwhile, Johnson is out of negative ratings for the first time in three months – and in comparative mid-table safety.
Andrew is Housing Minister, Cleverly Europe Minister and Ellis and Wheeler move to the Cabinet Office.
The Transport Secretary has set up a reform committee which is getting ready to use the pandemic to rout the Luddites in the rail unions.
A new economic zone should have its own planning and development policies – with the potential to become a manufacturing powerhouse.