Others would say that the appointment of a profoundly business-friendly Home Secretary was bound to lead to a weakening of immigration policy.
Normally it’s the other way round. How long will it be before the traditional divide reasserts itself?
“We’ve instituted it within the NHS already and I would like to see the whole Government going to that position because it’s the responsible thing to do.”
Norway-to-Canada was one thing. Norway-plus-the-backstop is another. It is inferior even to the Prime Minister’s proposed deal.
Plays can be a useful pressure valve, and help expose their audiences to other points of view.
But it could take the ruling out of all other options before we get there. And if MPs ends up reaching a consensus view, then the Government will have to adopt it.
If you want to be sure that Brexit happens, however much you might dislike this plan, there is only one course of action – vote for it.
Ministers need to be clear about who they intend to admit, and that they will set limits on numbers and on any rights to benefits and access for family members.
Robin Aitken, who worked for the Corporation for 25 years, accuses it of propagating liberalism and suppressing conservatism behind a pretend impartiality.
For many voters, cutting it is a litmus test of whether Brexit has been carried out or not.
As a bloc with heightened economic weight, with the UK as a key influence, it would have greater flexibility to negotiate over issues such as immigration and budgetary contributions.
A staple of stagecraft magic is misdirection. While his audience is gawping at one thing, the magician is swiftly doing another. So it may be now.
We set five tests for it. Does this draft agreement pass them? And does it really take back control of our borders, laws and money?
Various Leavers – and the head of the Remain campaign – predicted such an outcome. Now it seems we’re seeing it happen.
There are indeed mechanisms for mitigating damaging immigration flows, but these are tightly constrained.