The last week of term is scarcely critical. Is he trying to avoid letting Greenwich set a precedent – or just squaring off with the unions?
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British regular soldiers will be on the ground in a new theatre for the first time since Iraq – and Labour are fully on board.
Henry Hill: As rumours swirl about the UKIM Bill, unease in Government about an ‘appease the SNP’ mentality
Also: fresh woe for Nicola Sturgeon has her husband, the SNP’s chief executive, appears to contradict her evidence to MSPs on the Salmond scandal.
He has secured a ‘mini-deal’ of the sort we were once told Brussels would not countenance – but there is room in the detail for a choir of devils.
He risks appearing either to endorse whatever EU demands ended up making Johnson walk away, or being left with no good reason to oppose his doing so.
Does the UK really have the political will or state capacity to hit Johnson’s ‘ambitious’ Net Zero targets?
Talk of a new industrial revolution is all well and good, but the spirit that delivered the last one seems long gone.
Surely they have seen enough zombie films to know that pumping yet more bullets into a zombie doesn’t work. Fresh tactics, not ‘more powers’, are needed.
Ministers are indeed attempting to restore the power to call an election to the Prime Minister, using the Royal Prerogative – and shield it from the courts.
But there has been a shift in how they want to do it – away from Sweden, and towards an effective test-and-trace system.
SNP ministers are blocking witnesses and withholding legal advice. Can the opposition capitalise?
The guidelines cover a broad range of issues and admit breaches both great and small. They are not a substitute for the Prime Minister’s judgement.
The broad constitutional consensus Starmer cited is fragile, and based on part on a substantial minority of unionists falsifying their preferences.
Rather than simply leaving Corbyn in limbo, the decision not to restore the whip will be seen by the hard left as another provocation.
What use a large majority if the Prime Minister cannot, or will not, prevail over an electorally insignificant lobby of progressive constitutionalists?
Also: true scale of the Irish Protocol’s impact on commerce, and Stormont’s ‘rank incompetence’, show how Ulster unionism needs a refresh.