The logic of the choice remains as Ken Clarke put it – Rwanda or nothing. Sir Keir has swallowed much in his pursuit of power, but Rwanda is a mouthful too much for him, or at least for his party. So he’s trying to bluff his way out of the problem.
The number of possibilities teaches us three lessons about politics today. Firstly, never to underestimate the role played by mere chance. Secondly, that this is not an age of great leaders who make their own luck. And, thirdly, that we need to choose more carefully in future.
As my old friend Ken Clarke said last week, opponents of the policy have not come up with any practicable alternative to it.
We can avoid getting into an argument about whether or not the Government’s plan is an industrial strategy. The Conservative Party has got rather hung up on that term.
He’s written a new book about avoidable deaths in the NHS, which plainly made a deep impression on him as Secretary of State.
Here is a politician educated at Sandhurst and on active service with the Scots Guards in Northern Ireland, not by reading PPE at Oxford.
This is not the first time that the Prime Minister has been misread by opponents who deluded themselves into believing he was set on No Deal.
The Government is poised to reverse the trend to competition rather than collaboration that has marked healthcare policy for 30 years.
This compilation of some of the terms he has used shows how, while rising to national leadership, he reassured outsiders that he was still one of them.
Those who argue that the virus isn’t a serious problem and that the lockdown was unnecessary have more brains than sense.