These two institutions at the very centre of Government do not appear to be operating the way they should.
He is one of the few elements of continuity in what has been a turbulent year at the Government’s top table.
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.
Don’t be so distracted by the actors – and all the talk of deselection and elections – as to miss the drama’s bigger picture.
One could sense Labour MPs, and some Tory ones too, grasping that “everything is changing”.
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.
We can now see the new Government taking shape, after a dramatic bout of sackings and new appointments at the top.
The new Prime Minister will inherit the worst political legacy in living memory – with the very barest of working majorities.
If the campaign management were outsourced, as recently, who would take it on? And if it weren’t, could CCHQ really cope?
Also: A good week for devoscepticism as Hunt urges Johnson to rule out new powers for Holyrood; Lidington and Mundell issue warnings on the Union; and more.
The Speaker must rein in self-indulgent MPs who no longer try to express themselves with the greatest possible concision and force.
Multilateral political cooperation with the EU, as well as the bilateral relations with its member states, remains in the UK’s best interest.