The Home Secretary is afloat on a sargasso sea of returning jihadis, human rights laws, bewildering intelligence, gaps in the law – and a shrieking media.
It may have produced Anna Soubry – but it also gave us a mixed cross-section of Tories, including Conor Burns, Esther McVey, Priti Patel and Liz Truss.
When asked for it, the three MPs presented none. The reason is simple: this supposedly sinister entryist army does not exist.
No less than the ERG, the group of three sees everything through the prism of Brexit – which, let it not be forgotten, they voted to support themselves.
The SDP analogies are all wrung dry. But nobody has looked at what a more recent insurgency can teach the new outfit.
But their deputies look stricken, while the defectors are rejuvenated.
We regret the Party being less broad a tent than it did this morning. But the position of these MPs had become impossible – and intolerable.
She hopes to move quickly while Labour is splitting, get a quick gloss on the backstop, square the ERG with a hint of Malthouse later – and, hey presto, the deal will be done.
The answer seems likely to be yes. But there are still implications for the politics and economics of Brexit.
One thinks of the need for such as a measure as justice-related and security-related. But it would also send a powerful signal.
The failure of the SDP by no means proves that a new movement of this kind is doomed to failure.
We trail a mini-series on what might happen next amidst a sense of uncertainty about will follow the Gove reforms.
Trashing last Friday’s event is doubtless fun for Conservative commentators, but not the right course at all for the Conservative Party.
The whole plan involves maintaining a public-facing theatre of constitutional normalcy which will only further impede scrutiny and accountability.
Perhaps we will find out today why Downing Street and the whips stuck with a motion that risked revolt by ERG members and second referendum backers alike.