This strangely unreal conference is a kind of passage between the stymied Chequers plan…and whatever happens next.
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Our Next Tory Leader survey. Javid is up and Johnson down slightly – but the latter retains a double-figure lead.
No other entrant has more than ten per cent of the vote, though Hunt is almost there.
Let’s make a virtue of necessity – and transform this conference into a festival of creative destruction
This week, the Party has a chance to turn Brexit, a trouble-plagued leadership, and directional uncertainly from problems into an opportunity.
Interview. Williamson, Brexit optimist. “Let’s be liberated by this process – let’s start to look at opportunities more widely.”
The words “Chequers” and “Canada” don’t pass his lips, but he’s careful not to die in a ditch for the former or to rule out the latter.
Our survey. Eight out of ten Party members say that May should go either now or before the next election.
There is cold comfort for Downing Street in these findings as Party Conference looms in Birmingham next week.
Francois “was chosen specifically to send a signal from one of life’s natural whips to the current ones,” we are told.
He’s been known to ponder the way in which Singapore and Israel developed relatively quickly and with few assets – and draw lessons from their experience.
As our proprietor and his co-author prepare to release a new book on defence, we say again what we’ve said before about the implications of Brexit for the armed forces.
Prepare for a Rule Britannia defence of Chequers at Party Conference…followed by its junking afterwards, as May is forced towards the most practicable alternative presently on offer.
Our panel has clearly given up almost altogether on the belief that it is practical or negotiable. Canada is the most popular option.
ConHome snap survey. What should May do now? Stick with Chequers? Go for Canada or Norway? Walk away? Junk Brexit?
Panel members can take our poll on how the Government should respond to yesterday’s EU summit statement in Austria.
If the test is Starmer’s Twitter feed, there’s nothing at all as of 11am. There was no Labour spokesman on “Today” either.
The EU’s rejection of Chequers gives May a chance to unite her party around Canada Plus Plus Plus – the only strategic Brexit option now open to her.
Khan is hanging around City Hall, waiting for the Labour leadership to turn up. London can do better.
I’ve already voted for Boff as the Conservative candidate. Sometimes I suspect that he knows even more about the capital than Peter Ackroyd.
But here’s how Labour could attempt a risky manoeuvre next week – by promising a second poll while being powerless to deliver one.