The Government gains from her making a Tory case on disparities, which too few of her colleagues are willing to do.
These moves are like those of a boxer who throws his arms round his opponent in an attempt to save himself from a knock-out blow.
He has notched up some remarkable accomplishments. With some help, his best days may still be to come.
The pace of departure, the allegations about him and how they’re being handled are all inextricably linked.
Williamson’s new policy is an important step – but Conservatives cannot legislate themselves out of the culture wars.
O’Brien has arrived to find the MP for Havant already in place, who though not a former think tank head is no policy slouch.
We fear the worst after Cummings’ departure, but Johnson must now make the best of it. That means a Cabinet shuffle.
Newspapers have called her the “Duchess of Downing Street” and suggested she formed a “crew” with other women to see off Lee Cain.
It was promised “in our first year”. Instead, there will be mini-commissions, and a push to reform a Government bugbear: judicial review.
The membership of a new Government commission represents a significant evolution in the story of these issues in Britain – and within the Conservatives.
He may move out of Number Ten altogether for work and into the Cabinet Office at 70 Whitehall.