Johnson’s supporters still think the controversial provisions can be delivered if the Government holds its nerve. But the clock is ticking.
In his speech, he quoted from the Bible, in its best and most traditional version: yet more evidence of his own conservatism.
When older heads avoided last month’s Commons debate, the 2019 intake rode out to defend their leader. Many will never so readily do so again.
The Conservatives grew apart from the Republicans post-Major, but now is the time to start quietly re-engaging.
We refer of course to Rishi Sunak. Please join Lord Ashcroft this Thursday for the launch of his biography of the Chancellor – link enclosed.
Perhaps he will contest the 2024 presidential contest at the age of nearly 82. But expectation that he may not will surely undermine his authority.
It’s very early to draw conclusions from America’s elections – though the President’s challenge to the results has been coming for some time.
Those words from Jeremy Wright capture the spirit of many Tory MPs who voted for lockdown yesterday. Ministers be warned.
Andrew Gimson’s PMQs sketch: Johnson seduces the House, and talks away his mistakes, by promising a rosy future
There were moments when the PM made everyone from the Speaker down laugh, and most of his listeners were grateful for light relief from the crisis.
Until or unless they receive assurances from Ministers that an impact assessment will be published, they should withhold their support.
Just over 56 per cent support the decision not to extend the programme through the Christmas holidays, versus almost 38 per cent who disagree.
To both treat every Covid patient who needs it and maintain regular services through the ‘winter crisis’, the NHS needs a more muscular intervention.
All in all, it’s much of a muchness – with Douglas Ross down by about 25 points, now that his Party Conference coverage has faded.
Like the virus itself, and like other restrictions, this shutdown will come down hardest on the deep poor
Duncan Smith names “five giants”: family breakdown, worklessness, serious personal debt, addiction and educational underachievement.
The Government must publish regular reports on the cost of the virus, restrictions, and this coming lockdown to lives and livelihoods
Our latest survey finds that nine in ten Party members support such a move – a total that this latest news is unlikely to have reduced.