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His remarks about Johnson demonstrate the latter’s remarkable capacity to win round, even impress, critics who have lost all patience with him.
Some form of the scheme may be necessary as an expedient. But beware: nothing lasts so long as the temporary.
It’s 21 Ministers and counting this year alone, and over 50 in all over the course of this Government.
The new Prime Minister will inherit the worst political legacy in living memory – with the very barest of working majorities.
Jokes continue to be told, but it would be wrong to suggest the contest has been fought in a spirit of unwearying amity.
Here’s our best stab at who is voting for whom, and this list will be updated each morning, as the contest continues.
He would be averse to leaving without a deal, but even more alarmed by the idea of taking any course of action which risked breaking the Tory Party into fragments.
Plus: Keep the Brexit TV debate simple. Giving Allin-Khan and Duncan a piece of my mind. And: Carney – we’ve heard it all before.
The Mercers, Tugendhats and Cleverlys get a lot of media coverage. However, most promotions come from the ranks of the toiling Ministers of State.
His toothless policy towards the Democratic Unionists and Sinn Fein has created an unsustainable democratic vacuum in Northern Ireland.
The Foreign Affairs Committee’s recent report is a good start, but much more work needs to be done.
The Prime Minister was in gracefully valedictory mode, while the Leader of the Opposition behaved like a not very articulate limpet.
One fears it will be bad for the Prime Minister’s character to face so little serious opposition.
A new Prime Minister, and a changing of the guard at the Foreign Office, is a chance to change tack on the British Indian Ocean Territory.