Yesterday, he bent the passage of time – by giving the Commons the chance to carry out a Covid reckoning before the inquiry is up and running.
Also: The new Ulster Unionist leader is right that Northern Ireland suffers for having no government MPs. What will he do about it?
And the longer the impasse goes on, the stronger argument becomes that hypothetical risks to the Single Market are overriding political stability.
Unlike the former Ulster Unionist leader, the new DUP one is set to stick with his voter and party base. But you never know.
Some good things, a few bad ones, some absences – and an opportunity missed not so much to level up Britain as to level with voters.
The Nationalists themselves are doing everything they can to minimise their central policy. All the materials for denying their mandate are there.
Formerly an adviser to six secretaries of state for Northern Ireland, his idea involves no changes to the law – and a certificate system.
“This is also a chance to showcase everything that makes Northern Ireland the phenomenal place that it is today.”
A united front against the sea border might be their best chance – regardless of the headaches it causes in Dublin, Brussels, or London.
For many, Brexit is a powerful justification for a new independence referendum. But this, too, works both ways.
Plus: Why as an Ipswich supporter I’m happy to see the end to the European Super League. And: My take on Mercer’s resignation.
Meanwhile, the Scottish Tories double down on their referendum threat… whilst the SNP start to back off from the idea.
Will they fight any following cases all the way to the Supreme Court, and ask it to overturn Kerr’s decision?
“I have fought and bled alongside them…and I have a duty to stand alongside them.”
Voters across the political spectrum are united in their wish to see more done here.