Theresa May has mastered all the necessary pieties and used them to bludgeon her opponents into submission.
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David Hare: To help ensure better healthcare, politicians must make the case for the NHS internal market
The public are consistently reported as being entirely relaxed about who provides their care. What matters is that it is high quality and free at the point of use.
Frank Field, Kate Hoey, Graham Stringer and Kelvin Hopkins voted with the Government.
If no deal is better than a bad one, the sum of this policy is certainly a bad deal. Tory leavers now face a bleak choice.
Does the narrowness of the win signal further problems to come, or has the Government headed off the revolt?
Grieve may have backed off yesterday, but the Government backed down. May now risks losing control of her Brexit policy altogether.
May’s concession buys off most rebels – but Clarke and Soubry still support the “meaningful vote” amendment
Meanwhile, five Labour MPs rebelled in the opposite direction.
He argues that Labour MPs are as ‘terrified’ of a Corbyn-led government as he is.
A list of new Tory Reform Group patron MPs suggests that it is stronger in the Commons than it may look.
The former Chancellor turns Duncan Smith’s point around to argue that inventing and implementing a new solution to the Irish border won’t work.
Plus: Willetts loses at least one of his brains. Labour frets about losing Lewisham East (which it shouldn’t do). And: Morgan and Clarke, not the Brexiteers, are the real obsessives.
“I’m not saying that there would be an organised push, but the letters would just go in to Graham Brady,” one senior pro-Leave backbencher told this site yesterday.
Daniel Hannan: Brexit will be a success, but swivel-eyed Remainers make the process more costly than it needs to be
The message that some send to Brussels – that if the Eurocrats make it all painful enough then we can be bullied into changing our minds – is mistaken but harmful.
May should not shirk from seeking an election over her manifesto pledge to leave it. But we are not there yet – not nearly.
If anything is put to the Commons at all before exit day, it will be a Heads of Agreement plan. The most likely consequence of its rejection would be the re-invention of transition.