It’s better equipped than London to sympathise with the economic realities of what is going on in cities far closer.
In his new history, Stephen Wall describes the unbridgeable divide on Europe into which any Prime Minister is in danger of tumbling.
The mendacious simplifications of the last referendum campaign showed this is no way to conduct the Brexit argument.
At times, says the Education Secretary, the post he holds requires “a bold and vociferous and constant presence”. But “at other times less so”.
We need to get back to our focus, governing for the people. They are fed up with Brexit and we are running out of time
A decision like leaving the EU had billions of causes: some of those were set in motion by happenings centuries ago, but none pre-determine what happens today.
The former Attorney-General also touches on Johnson and the £350 million – “a subject best parked” – and a definitive treatise on nymphomania.
“Henry VIII was a bastard, but he was my kind of bastard.”
But don’t expect that to stop the commentariat, or the Opposition, trying to manufacture some kind of row, even if only for show.
Each side in the Brexit debate regards its position as the only one a sane person could take, while the other side’s arguments are madly exaggerated and provocative.
The very last thing the tyrant would have done would be to restore sovereignty to Parliament.