The Chancellor is damned if he yields to backbenchers’ demands for bailouts – and damned if he doesn’t.
They owe him and Johnson their seats – and won’t save themselves by turning on him. If necessary, they should lose the whip.
Most voters will have what to them are more pressing reasons to reject Corbyn than anti-semitism. But none expose more fully why he must be stopped.
The only other candidate with momentum is Stewart – and it is almost impossible to see where he can glean the votes he needs.
Plus: Farage and my evenings. Edinburgh and my show. Notre Dame, fire, Macron – and recovery? And: Javid’s emotional intelligence.
Yes: there was nothing I could do to stop Sean Spicer from being an utter dick. Plus: Guido’s recovery, the Tory Chief Whip’s troubles…and Mamma Mia 2.
So much of the Government’s strategy is predicated on the belief that this is impossible. But what if that’s wrong?
Lavish campaign spending does not guarantee electoral success. If it did, Brexit wouldn’t be happening. And Theresa May would now have a majority.
Plus: Corbyn’s lack of private sector experience. And, come to think of it, his lack of public sector experience. And: justice for Worboys’ victims.
If the standard is as it now appears to be, May will have difficulty finding enough male Ministers to replace all those she will be required to sack.
The Government should be as Ready on Day One as it can be: Deal or No Deal. To help achieve this end and reboot economic policy, Gove should go to the Treasury.
As an Under-Secretary of State, he will have to negotiate with the Chancellor, who is reluctant to commit large-scale resources to planning for No Deal.