So long as the Prime Minister is available to make the really big calls – or has left clear instructions or authorisation – the Foreign Secretary can deputise.
The Government needs to give shape and definition to its backroom plans to end the lockdown. His colleagues must support the man in charge.
History shows that they can usually weather health crises, and we hope and trust we shall soon see this one restored to his normal vigour.
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As new cases rise in the country, we must be hesitant to decide which Government has the best strategy.
We hope that the Prime Minister will soon be back to his usual swashbuckling self. Until then, Raab should take over.
The choice is between this imperfect option and a worse one – which is letting the ship of state drift amidst a storm unprecented in its nature and reach.
The question isn’t whether to end the lockdown. It’s when and how to do it. Can the Government rise to the challenge?
The Prime Minister’s hospitalisation accentuates the need for a new strategic structure to support a new strategic plan.
He will have to be more than a kind of North London John Smith if he wants to do more than just profit from the Government’s misfortunes.
It’s a mixed report, but most of those we spoke to were sanguine – which has less to with the Chancellor’s plans than with the current state of the polls.
Matt Hancock also sees a 20-point rise in his approval rating to take third place as the Covid-19 crisis reshapes British politics.
It’s not obvious that we need mass antigen tests. And it’s not clear that Johnson’s policy has failed – far from it.
The Government’s record isn’t perfect. But some of the attacks on Ministers and hysterical and unfair.
The President belittles the state governors, whose role in tackling the virus is important, instead of making common cause with them.
Big changes to controversial social and political issues are ill suited to decisions made by Ministers and advisers behind closed doors.
Time is running out for the Government to rescue those in the sector, with companies losing millions of pounds each week.
The last word must lie with the voters, and their current answer, according to the polls, is: very well indeed.