Plus: Labour goes all Smethwick in Copeland. And: Sky News dumbs down at breakfast.
Ministers and their advisers can actually focus on their executive function, rather than incessant communication and rebuttal.
They have the capacity to make a larger contribution to Europe’s defence. They should do so.
Also: Merkel ally threatens ‘divide and rule’ approach to Ulster; SNP put far-right extremist on candidates list; Labour expel members fighting Northern Irish election; and more.
Alex Morton: Here’s a radical but workable plan for the Budget. Trade off simplified tax reliefs for lower marginal rates.
He could commit to some tangible metrics – i.e: reducing the tax code in length by 25 per cent by 2019, or pledging to abolish three taxes in each budget.
James Frayne: The public aren’t political geeks, but Blair is wrong to say they weren’t informed on the EU
We were lectured by most of the leading politicians of the day, huge numbers of economists and businesspeople, and the leader of the Free World.
They will debate. They may even ask the Commons to look again. But the Bill will pass.
Nadhim Zahawi: Britain stands on the brink of a new global future. Let’s lead the way to a malaria-free world.
Phenomenal progress has been made to halt and begin to reverse its spread. Sustaining our efforts now is vital.
Iain Dale: Gove was focused on changing prisons for the better. Truss seems focused instead on trying to gain headlines.
Plus: Unemployment is down. Productivity is up. Wages are up. Despite Brexit. Despite Brexit. Despite Brexit…
Let the leftover Blairites retro-absorb the LibDems: there’s your centre-Left. Most of the rest of usare quite happy to be governed by the centre-Right Super Party.
James Frayne: An armed forces visit. A trip to a new expanded port. How to make the best of Trump’s visit
The only way to make it will be to hold a small number of made-for-TV events that help tell a story that voters in provincial England will respond to.
If it is too exotic a model, try Australia or New Zealand. They, too, have opened their markets, removing tariffs and trade barriers, liberalising their economies.
In my area, transport, there will be better jobs on the roads, at the airports and on rail, and more business success elsewhere.
Also: Tories accused of favouring DUP with Westminster debate; Plaid council faces parent backlash over Welsh-only schooling; and Nesbitt divides UUP by endorsing SDLP.
When a self-replicating clique becomes dominant – be it of councillors, evangelicals, po-faced harridans or freemasons – there is trouble ahead.