Changes to trading hours are being considered, but they’re not the answer to our post-lockdown recovery.
A limited suspension is one thing, lasting change would be another. And so often, nothing is so permanent as the temporary.
The new Prime Minister will inherit the worst political legacy in living memory – with the very barest of working majorities.
Courtesy of Philip Cowley, here are some markers for this evening’s votes, when they come.
The Chancellor has not always been well treated by his neighbour, and deserves support over public spending. But he has mishandled his internal position over Brexit.
It will risk being unable to get its business through the Commons.
It felt more like a pre-election than a post-election one – and was shot through by a sense of the Chancellor’s political mortality.
Twenty five Tory MPs joined Labour and the SNP in opposing liberalisation, and provided the Government’s margin of defeat.
The consequences of these sleights-of-hand now include two Ministers threatening to resign, PPS’s quitting, and rebellion from up to 50 Tory MPs.
The way in which Ministers are ramming Sunday trading changes through Parliament have ominous overtones for Brexiteers – and everyone else.
Devolving control of Sunday trading rules to councils is consistent with localism, and would be good for the economy.
The relaxation of Sunday Trading laws is both unwanted and unnecessary.
We need to be brave enough to publish the results of every Family Test – so that we can learn from what works – and what doesn’t.
The reason given for their stance is a mere fig leaf. They care only about the bigger game of breaking up the United Kingdom.
There are plenty of topics on which Conservative MPs might consider rebellion – but this shouldn’t be one.