Gove is ready to localise as much either as he wants to or as his colleagues will let him, or both. I hope it’s work in progress.
If Conservatives don’t take the Opposition seriously, one can hardly blame them. And yet that could prove to be a big mistake.
Regime change usually involves chaos, bloodshed and a humanitarian crisis. Has the Stop the War movement become Continue the Military Intervention?
Labour has not yet found a way to beat the Prime Minister, but it does sometimes force him to play safe.
It’s a surprisingly large Government majority: 24 independents and 19 Labour MPs voted with the Government.
If it happens, he must not just win but keep the backing of the DUP, Spartans, Labour rebels and as many of the whipless 21 as he can – and stave off a referendum too.
What Parliament’s Security Committee began – and was frustrated by the Government in doing – judges must now complete.
Plus: Willetts loses at least one of his brains. Labour frets about losing Lewisham East (which it shouldn’t do). And: Morgan and Clarke, not the Brexiteers, are the real obsessives.
With Rees-Mogg’s backing, how can he fail?
In this new era of transparency, the Government should now start to dismantle the tax barriers that distort international commerce.
Plus: Zac’s chances, Jarvis’s speech, Stuart Ramsay’s great scoop. And: how long can it be before Carswell and Evans re-join the Conservatives?
A legacy of the Corbyn surge, whoever wins the party’s leadership, is that getting its support for bombing in the autumn will be as problematic as ever – if not more so.
Plus: Scotland is a problem of Labour’s own making. Dan Jarvis’s time has come. Prepare for a UKIP leadership bloodbath. And good riddance to Vince Cable!
This was the Labour leader’s worst week yet. It was like watching a rabbit being shaken in the jaws of a triumphant labrador.