Engage with Extinction Rebellion if you have to or want to, but you’ll be doing so with cultists. So don’t expect anything to come of it.
There is a mismatch between Government announcements and Commons realities. It cannot attempt reforms without risking them being amended out of recognition.
They have a value of their own which reaches beyond their function. They gain it not by doing anything but by being something.
Mass petitions, proposed constitutional changes, emergency and alternative No Confidence ballots…but will anything work?
Amidst verbal and actual violence, it is tempting to seek to shut down, say, Farage or Lammy altogether. But politics without anger would be impossible – and undesirable.
The polling and leadership election crisis stories raises three questions for both to ponder.
One association, in a safe Home Counties constituency, has found the answer is almost half.
We seem to be heading back towards where British politics was between 2005 and 2015: in other words, towards more of a three or four or perhaps more party system.
There is more sympathy across the House for the Prime Minister than one would guess from the headlines.
At first glance, it looks like just about the worst timetable for achieving Brexit – which must now be seriously in doubt.
His sacking is more evidence, were it needed, of the tensions that tear at the Tory coalition – and threaten to render it unsustainable.
Andrew Gimson’s PMQs sketch: If the Prime Minister is so lifeless in the House, how can she carry conviction in Brussels?
May claimed the Government “will make a success of whatever the situation is in relation to Brexit”.
The ERG. Will it escape Tory gravity, and soar to another planet? Or sink back into Celestial Body Conservative?
It has grown from a group small enough to meet for breakfasts to one large enough to have its own whipping. That last feature is unsustainable.
No way forward is without risk at this stage. But the least hazardous course is for the Party to step out soon with a new leader.
Fleet Street, normally a justified sceptic of men from the ministry controlling what people publish, is an enthusiast of regulating social media giants.