These two institutions at the very centre of Government do not appear to be operating the way they should.
The present election will turn on whether MPs and activists put national popularity before ideological soundness.
Patrick Bishop’s biography of Airey Neave, who in 1975 showed how to run a successful leadership campaign.
Plus: That customs Cabinet committee meeting – and luck & chance in politics. How Zephaniah has fallen. Javid v Khan. And: my local elections overnight marathon.
The story of who won (like David Davis). And who lost (like Zac Goldsmith).
How quickly we forget, and how much we do at our peril. Peace in Europe! How our parents and grandparents longed for it.
Even if there is a No vote on Thursday, my conversations with voters suggest that it will be enormously difficult to calm the passions which have been aroused.
Don’t get me wrong, Thatcher was a great Prime Minister. But, as my memoirs show, she sure lacked a sense of humour.
It is expected to plan for the long-term as well as the short. It isn’t doing this – so change is needed.