Politics may well have an ideas problem. But is the best way to deal with it yet another centrist love-in?
Having misjudged their message, their methods, and their moment, it is astonishing the extent to which the self-styled moderates squandered their resources.
MPs would thus become the elected equivalents of the welfare scroungers of tabloid legend – dragging the reputation of Parliament even deeper into the mud.
An agreement is unlikely to be reached at all. But these estimates, however rough, should give pause for thought.
Plus: I’ve never thought a national unity government is a runner, and I think it’s even less likely now.
There are now 15 independents, plus the Change UK factions and a smattering of pro-Brexit rebel Labour MPs.
Plus: Sympathy for the Downing Street SpAds. The case for chemical castration. And: my interviews with the Tory leadership candidates.
No strategic judgement, no grassroots depth, no clear command structure, no unifying belief system, and a bunch of fractious personalities make for big trouble.
“She is a Johnson, they have a bit of a history of saying stuff”.
A lethal combination of strategic incoherence and operational incompetence has seen the Remain wave pass the would-be mould-breakers by.
Will they now seek to appease turbulent voters by rushing her-deal-plus-the-Customs-Union through the Commons?
The Liberal Democrat deputy leader says that they are all working together for “a people’s vote to stop Brexit”, however.
Plus: Creepy Biden, useless TIGs, spineless Tory MPs…and why I’d favour Scottish independence were I fully Scottish.
It’s the classic small party dilemma – do you accept recruits and defectors, even when they come with baggage?
Plus: I’m still backing Brexit. The Independent Group’s Tory targets. And: it’s a disgrace that public money is being spent on the European elections.