The speeding up of turnover rates has almost nothing to do with shifts to the right or left, and much more to do with wider cultural change in Parliament.
The number of finalists appears to be the result of the local association pushing back against CCHQ’s attempts to influence the selection.
Many are choosing to depart at an age which would have been very unusual in earlier times, and each gives Johnson a new chance to reshape the parliamentary party.
We have the Government that we should have had then, ready to counter the charge that Vote Leave scurried away from Brexit, rather than manning up to deliver it.
The Government’s combination of pro-shale rhetoric and highly restrictive regulation could almost be calculated to please nobody.
“For too long allegations of sexual assault or rape have been rather dismissed…the courts will decide the validity of those claims.”
The school strikers have a point, and we ought to listen – not least because we have a great story to tell about what Conservative governments have done.
Plus: The Chief Whip’s swift transformation from Francis Urquhart to Mr Bean. And: why I can’t bring myself to vote Tory in the local elections.
Though there may have been extenuating circumstances – namely, contradictory instructions from Number Ten and the Whips respectively.
Several Ministers helped to see off the Government’s best hope of avoiding a full-on crisis in the Party – and perhaps of saving Brexit too.
The words of Gordon Brown to Tony Blair echo in our ears. “There is nothing that you could say to me now that I could ever believe”.
Trashing last Friday’s event is doubtless fun for Conservative commentators, but not the right course at all for the Conservative Party.
The Chief Whip has enjoyed something of a boost from last month’s victories on crucial votes, but the overall picture reflects a settled disenchantment.
Not for the faint-hearted. Contains intense violence, blood and gore, strong language and Philip Hammond.
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