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.
Raab and Patel advocate the positions of their departments, which are based on different concerns and priorities. It is for the Prime Minister to decide.
Ministers are walking the tightrope of trying to save both – which helps to put the words of the Deputy Chief Medical Officer yesterday in context.
Our survey. An emphatic vote of confidence in the Government. Though one in five activists think that it has over-reacted.
Seventy-seven per cent of those polled back the lockdown; 90 per cent think the Prime Minister and his team are handling the crisis well.
Scandinavia contains the biggest differences in how the Coronavirus is being tackled, with Sweden and its neighbours taking very different approaches.
The Minster for Health will be across a lot of the detail, and is well placed to step up to chair the relevant Cabinet committee.
At the moment, the most important Government action is rolling out testing, ventilators and equipment. Cabinet committees can and should deal with all that.
Two extreme versions of what happens next in Britain. Events are more likely to end up somewhere in the middle.
Analysis suggested the smaller map would have produced a bigger Tory majority – but others say it would make it harder for newly-elected MPs to hold on next time.
Johnson’s task is to hire the right people and back them as long as they are getting things done, no matter who they offend in the process.
But there were a couple of moments of levity – though both men agreed that this is no time for it.
It is worth noting that face-to-face contact won’t always be necessary: those in higher-risk groups will be able to offer support by telephone.