They can’t have been satisfied with the compromise reached yesterday over future votes on any changes to the Act’s provisions.
It’s speeches for Sunak, Patel and Raab; interviews in different formats for Gove, Hancock and others; while others still are relegated to panels…
The move, which aims to increase parliamentary scrutiny of the Government, is also signed by Labour and DUP representatives.
From calling the measures “dystopian”, to criticising Whitty and Vallance’s latest graph, there were some scathing speeches.
There’s a Covid-19 debate today, the Internal Market Bill tomorrow, a housing measure on Wednesday – plus maybe the Brady amendment.
‘I cannot save every business. I cannot save every job. No Chancellor could.’ Statement to the House – full text
“These are radical interventions in the UK labour market; policies we have never tried in this country before.”
“We are acting on the principle that a stitch in time saves nine.” The Prime Minister’s Coronavirus statement. Full text.
“Unless we palpably make progress, we should assume that the restrictions I have announced will remain in place for perhaps six months.”
The numbers can be interpreted to suggest that the Bill may not clear Third Reading. But in our view that would be a misreading.
“Difficult and highly exceptional circumstances”. The Government’s statement on the legal position relating to the Internal Market Bill.
“These clauses…have effect notwithstanding any international or domestic law with which they may be incompatible or inconsistent.”
The Ofqal U-turn changed the mood. Education Ministers are now under open fire – with Mordaunt, a Minister herself, among the dissenters.
“The critical thing is that as many young people as possible at least start at their destination of choice.”
Hammond, Stuart, Davidson, Hoey. Johnson, Fox… but no Bercow. The new peerages for the House of Lords.
The list tries to bridge the Brexit divide. But will Fox, who supported the IRA campaign which killed several Tory MPs, be a bridge too far?
“I know how it is hard to have restrictions… imposed on seeing your family and your friends… we have to act rapidly in order to protect those we love.”
Stamp duty cut welcome, but concerns about “tomorrow’s taxpayers”. Centre-right think tanks react to Sunak statement.
Several wonder how these big spending pledges are sustainable.
“Most” of the event will take place in this form. The Party hopes to “host some aspects in the physical format”.