The Prime Minister must make up his mind whether or not to see through a policy to stop the small boats – now an issue of profound symbolic importance.
It’s unjust to sack an Minister, rather than suspend him, over unproven claims. Now those against him have been dismissed, he should be restored to government.
If getting worthwhile legislation passed means making deals with Labour, the Prime Minister should do so.
Over and above his future hangs a bigger question – namely, whether holding Ministers properly to account is the same thing as pile-ons by the media pack.
Faragist liberatarians wouldn’t have the right message to seize the moment – but Dominic Cummings is a different story.
The recent history of the Conservative Party and the country is the ultras have had their way on both policy and personnel. The result – for both party and country – is now clear to see.
I was a Conservative MP for the best part of ten years, and have been a political journalist for the better part of 20. But as the old song about the Pushmepullyou has it, I’ve “never seen anything like it in my life”.
Some Tory members would see such a development as nothing less than an establishment coup: as a conspiracy of bad actors working together to win revenge for Brexit.
Under this scheme, the ’22 Executive would change the rules, Truss would go – and a high threshold would be set to ensure only a single nomination.
He has effectively been treated as being guilty, which he may or may not be, before the claim has been investigated. This offends natural justice.
At present, we are languishing in the polls. However, if we keep their reputation for being good on the economy, then the public may decide to give us another chance.
If Truss is set on rewriting the Integrated Review, she will need bandwidth at the top of govenment to do so effectively, given the awesome scale of the economic challenges facing her.
The new 1922 executive should agree to change the rules of the contest so that no candidate can stand without ten per cent of the selectorate nominating them.
Potential candidates should be required to clear a robust threshold of minimum support to enter the Parliamentary stage of the election – say 25 MPs.