Fifty-three Conservatives opposed the tiering plan last December, the largest Covid-related rebellion to date.
“If our understanding of the virus doesn’t change dramatically again”, says Johnson, there will be “substantial opportunities” once key goals are hit.
He is one of the few elements of continuity in what has been a turbulent year at the Government’s top table.
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.
He could survive tomorrow’s ballot. If he doesn’t, his supporters will have to ask themselves what sort of final they want.
Truss and Davidson take the other podium spots, challenging the assumptions held in some quarters about the Tory grassroots.
The Chief Whip has enjoyed something of a boost from last month’s victories on crucial votes, but the overall picture reflects a settled disenchantment.
Not for the faint-hearted. Contains intense violence, blood and gore, strong language and Philip Hammond.
The Government has been bold on this so far and now it must be bolder still. For some, this pause may have tragic consequences.
We have occasionally seen precipitous falls in Cabinet members’ scores. Vertiginous rises are rarer. Indeed, it is hard to think of a jump quite like it.
Outside Westminster, Crouch’s resignation will make little impact on a Budget that has gone more or less according to plan. Inside, it may not be quite the same story.