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.
As for “a limited period”, well, we shall see: as Milton Friedman used to say, nothing is so permanent as a temporary Government programme.
The former First Minister is a diminished figure, but could still be a potent leader of the Nationalists’ fundamentalist wing.
The perils and volatility that the Coronavirus – that ultimate leveller-down – brings with it suddenly endanger last year’s near-landslide winner.
A supply-chain shock poses similar problems when it comes to feeding the nation, but it says something very different about the British people.
One can see why the Government wants and needs to act. But what seems the right thing now could be the curtailment of our freedoms in years to come.
The Chancellor should make further provision for them. But the vast though necessary expansion of state spending will need emergency powers-type checks.
We’re urged to revive the spirit of the Blitz. But the Britain of World War Two didn’t always pull together.
“Winston Churchill is a bastard” – criticism, scrutiny and vulgar abuse are part of living in a free country.
To deliver on his promise to the House of Commons, the Secretary of State will need to overcome deeply entrenched attitudes in his own Department.
So said a cross-section of Conservative MPs today – and rightly. They grasp that even the unprecedently statist package he’s announced is only a start.
Comparing the country’s testing rates to those of Bahrain and South Korea can be misleading.