And so it was that the cause of Remain, fronted by Cameron and George Osborne, lost out to that of Leave, led by…Boris Johnson and Michael Gove.
The move back to two party politics of 2017 seems to be repeating itself this time round.
Class war was the tried and trusted theme. Yet the Labour leader has managed to come across as both weak and extreme.
Plus: Will the 21 rebels get the whip back? And: The Tories need younger members, and so does everyone else.
Plus: my profound sense of unease at the withdrawal of the whip from 21 Conservative MPs.
He is the only candidate who can further the work of the project to which Esther McVey and I are so committed.
Esther McVey with the support of MPs from across the party is refreshing and renewing the project.
The Prime Minister seemed to imply that if MPs will not bend to her will, she is off.
Tied to no faction, former Blair backer turned Corbyn supporter, the shadow Trade Secretary is a law unto himself.
The new group’s platform is not very inspiring. But its biggest problem is it they won’t be very different from the Conservatives’.
Losing 150,000 members, and the money that comes with them, has knock-on effects for the Opposition and for the Conservative Party.
Charging the same amount for different courses does not make sense. Fees should be slashed, but with the threshold for repayments lowered.
The Conservatives are not going to win the hearts and minds of the British people by proposing Labour-lite policies. There must be something different on offer.
Watson et al lost today, but they will inevitably return. The Government should honour its pledge to delete the preferred weapon against free expression.