A consequence of the new Code of Conduct may be that he is referred to a panel – whether Number Ten wants it or not.
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It cannot be eliminated altogether – at least without placing a steel curtain between Parliament and the people.
All concerned want to save face over the Johnson burqa row – May, Lewis and the man himself. Here’s a rough and ready way to correct its mishandling.
There is a solid reason why headlines about Labour prejudice have run for months and those about a claimed Tory equivalent for only a week.
Where bungling the burka row has got the Conservative Party. Damned if it investigates Johnson. And damned if it doesn’t.
Any proceedings against him under the Party’s Code of Conduct threaten a cats-cradle of conflicts of interest and breaches of natural justice.
May’s muddled call for an apology from Johnson suggests that her approach to integration, cohesion and extremism is all at sea.
Our Cabinet League Table. The Chequers effect blitzes everyone. They’re all down. And May dives to her lowest rating ever.
This is collective punishment for the new Brexit policy. P.S: when ratings fall in this way, place in the table scarcely matters.
Our Survey. Next Tory Leader. Johnson more than triples his score to come top – for the first time since 2016
It’s the Chequers factor – as Gove falls from second to fifth. Javid remains competitive on 19 per cent, coming second this month.
Our survey finds a record fall of confidence in May. Over two in five Party members want her out now.
And eight out of ten want her replaced before the next election. These are absymal findings for Downing Street.
Our Tory members’ panel survey. Expectation of a Conservative-led government after the next election drops to a record low.
We register a dizzying fall of 18 per cent since the Chequers Cabinet meeting and the Brexit White Paper.
All our usual questions as Parliament’s recess begins in our first full survey since the Chequers Cabinet summit and the Brexit White Paper.
It’s real aim is to create the circumstances in which Brexit can be halted – without the all-but-impossible holding of a pre-March 29 plebiscite.
Much of the establishment now accepts that Islamist ideology must be named and challenged. But this view doesn’t seem to be held by the new DPP.
We suspect that they are alarmed by the prospect of the legal and publicity circus that a trial here might well bring with it.
Our snap survey. Tory member support for May’s Brexit plan falls. Two in three are now opposed to it.
The Prime Minister’s backing has actually gone backwards since she stepped up her efforts to sell her new position.