The Prime Minister is in full command of the facts, but has no idea how to raise morale among his despondent backbenchers.
“The levels… are far too high, and I’m determined to bring them down to sustainable levels”, the Prime Minister replies.
Labour have found two ways of circumventing Hunt’s spending trap: first, to ignore it, and, second, to reduce pressure on the public finances through optimistic promises of economic growth.
As Europe turns to the right and a Trump return looms over the White House, Britain bucks the trend by appearing to be heading for a Labour government.
Also: Another woeful week for the SNP as its health minister refuses to resign over £11k roaming fee and Yousaf defies calls for an ethics inquiry into allegations he misled the Scottish Parliament.
Monday’s speech and today’s announcement show them choosing their ground for the next election. And since Hunt may find no money for further tax cuts next spring, the option of a May general election is opening up.
A frontbench mutiny such as this is extraordinary for a party on the cusp of power. Yet the Government keeps managing to keep its own crises front and centre.
Phillips, Khan, Qureshi and Barker quit the frontbench. Hopkins, Owen, Shah, and Slaughter were sacked after the vote. Foy and Carden have also left the frontbench.
The Prime Minister says he “will take no lessons from the Labour Party on protecting our national security”.
The Prime Minister looked relieved to have appointed a Home Secretary who is not furious with him.
The rage, frustration and contempt of its terms are a foretaste of what’s to come if the Conservatives lose the next election.
America is heading for one of the nastiest and most divisive elections in its modern history. It could very easily overshadow our own.
According to a YouGov poll conducted only six days after the atrocities, a staggering 49 per cent of 18–24-year-olds in the UK ‘don’t know’ whether Hamas is a terrorist organisation. This is obscene and abhorrent.
Let the protesters gather in one place, have their event, and disperse. No march. I’m reluctant to believe that the Met can’t police a rally properly if it puts its mind to it.
The Development Minister put on a therapy class for Opposition MPs which included laughing at the Home Secretary.