Civil servants drew up a scheme to transfer a lot of responsibility to the Civil Service. The new team may regret signing up to it.
From this afternoon’s announcement of the winner to their facing off against Starmer at PMQs on Wednesday, how Johnson’s successor takes office.
Unlike his predecessor, the Prime Minister is not spending his final weeks in office rushing out announcements to give future historians something nice to say.
The Northern Ireland Secretary adds that he wouldn’t “question her independence and determination to deliver a full and complete report.”
Tory MPs felt no great urge to leap to the PM’s defence, but also showed no desire to defenestrate him, and instead drifted off to lunch.
The Labour Leader insists a “perfectly legal takeway” is incomparable to a “catalogue of criminality” in Downing Street.
“I had no knowledge of those subsequent proceedings because I simply wasn’t there,” he says, apologising to cleaning and security staff.
Like Tsar Nicholas II, he may learn that taking personal command can solve nothing and leave one nowhere to hide.
They should conduct their investigation without fear or favour – but transparency is not too much to expect.
By the end, an element of willed indignation could be detected in some of the accusations levelled against him.
As Blair realised, but his successor apparently does not, hysterical denunciations of political leaders are liable to prove counter-productive.
These two institutions at the very centre of Government do not appear to be operating the way they should.
This memorably unmemorable figure, gifted rugby player before turning to politics, will now try to make No 10 turn professional.
They may very well decide that if the establishment wants Johnson gone so badly he must be doing something right.
The last time I saw my grandmother was via a Zoom link before a few weeks later I gave the eulogy at her funeral.