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May sounded unusually confident, but Johnson scuttled out of the Chamber.
The Prime Minister, despite her personal unionism, is setting a course for stormy constitutional waters. It will fall to her successors to navigate them.
We feel a commission, a working group, an inquiry coming in – to look these inconsistencies, accidents of history and quirks, to see if some tidying-up is required.
Johnson’s speech today and the Commission’s basic take are strangely similar – Brexit points to a Canada-type settlement on alignment and divergence.
And the Prime Minister, tenth in the table last time round, is back in negative territory and second from bottom.
Respondents are much where they were a few weeks ago, for all the turmoil that has taken place since the reshuffle.
“It’s a delight to me to see the Right Honourable Lady still in her place when no fewer 97 members of her front bench have either been sacked or resigned.”
Thornberry, standing in for Corbyn, spoke still more forcefully than he does for Islington.
He says the government is aiming for a future trade agreement that “will be as frictionless and as free trade as we possibly can” with our European neighbours.
Amidst the wreckage this morning, there are a few points of light. But that cackling noise you hear from Kensington is George Osborne laughing his head off.
The course consistent with this site’s recommendations is to appoint a more junior Cabinet Office Minister.
Davidson and Mordaunt also score highly, whilst the Chancellor and Chief Whip both languish with negative scores.
And after hitting a personal low last month, the Budget seems to have got the Chancellor (just) back into the membership’s good books.
While the responsibilities of government must be shouldered, there’s no doubting the need for a time of renewal – one as profound as in any period of opposition.