The Prime Minister’s political fate lies where it has always properly lain: in the hands of the House of Commons.
From my spot on the Domestic Abuse committee, I saw just how much this Government wants to champion the rights of those who have been victimised.
Plus: Scam PPE offers. Johnson’s very real illness. And: I’m wondering about the rest of his body. (My dog’s, not my partner’s.)
Laing has 122 votes, Bryant 120. Unless the candidates who withdraw transfer disproportionately to one of them, Hoyle seems to be home and dry.
“I think he’s come down on Parliament’s side, and it’s been a very conflicted time…he’s tried to make the Government accountable to Parliament.”
If they want a more old-fashioned product, they may go for Lindsay Hoyle. If someone more like the present incumbent, for Harriet Harman.
MPs are more likely to try other means of stopping a No Deal Brexit than holding a no confidence vote in Johnson’s Government.
The Attorney-General gave an electrifying performance as he refused to publish the advice he has given to ministers.
The Labour former Solicitor General argued that the Attorney General should warn the Government that it is engaged in “breaking the rules”.
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.
Plus: For and against bombing Syria. For Andrew Neil. Against Andrew Adonis. And: not an erection in sight.
Plus: The coming local elections. My predictions – Liberal Democrats up, Conservatives up, UKIP down, Labour down – and maybe Corbyn out later this year.
Plus: Stingy Liberal Democrats. Stupid Owen Smith. And: at the Edinburgh Festival – and why those right-on comedians don’t get life beyond the M25.
The fortunes of those older sons provided capital for investment. And it was that capital, applied to invention and ingenuity, which made the industrial revolution possible.