Plus: May in trouble and Rudd in danger over Windrush. Corbyn stumbles. The pound rises. Local elections loom. And: the dignity of Neville Lawrence.
The Prime Minister faces a difficult afternoon – but will be aided by the unwillingess of Tory backbenchers to line up with Jeremy Corbyn.
Three in four support some kind of action. However, three in five appear unwilling to risk members of our armed forces losing their lives.
She cited the attack in Salisbury: “We cannot allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised….in Syria, on the streets of the UK…
“We cannot allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised – within Syria, on the streets of the UK…”
And: should the Government have the power to do so without a preceding Commons vote?
Plus: For and against bombing Syria. For Andrew Neil. Against Andrew Adonis. And: not an erection in sight.
She will be feeling a hand of history on her shoulder, and wondering if the other holds a knife at her back.
Ask one question: In what conflict has Jeremy Corbyn ever been on Britain’s side? He always finds a way of blaming the world’s problems on the West.
Reports this morning suggest conflict within the Government and hesitation in America. And no wonder.
Parliament’s job should be to hold the Prime Minister and Executive to account for what they have to do, rather than becoming a party to it.
Public opinion would back missile strikes against Assad, and arming a credible opposition, were there to be one. But not more western boots on the ground.
Plus: Erdogan, Putin and Rouhani meet at the Three Wise Monkeys Summit – hear no evil, see no evil…and evil. Guess which is which.
The “extraordinary international response by our allies” amounts to “the largest collective expulsion of Russian intelligence officers ever”, Johnson says.
The President makes a wonderful Bond villain but Russia is merely an ageing, corrupt gas station with nuclear weapons, no longer a Great Power.