To paraphrase Burke, they owe their Party, as much as their electors, the benefit of their independent, locally-informed judgement.
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Some of its problems can be fixed. Others won’t be. And one perhaps can’t be: namely, that this Parliament seems to be incapable of saying No.
Iain Dale: The arrogance of Cummings, the failures of the Guardian – and why we all need to keep a sense of proportion.
He’s a distraction and so can’t possibly have his mind on the job. But the Guardian and Mirror got a lot of the story wrong – and should apologise.
They owe him and Johnson their seats – and won’t save themselves by turning on him. If necessary, they should lose the whip.
Any fair-minded observer would think better of him at the end of yesterday’s press conference than he or she may have done at the beginning.
Assuming no new revelations or his adviser’s resignation, he can either tough it out or order an inquiry.
If so much, as Ministers suggest, depends on common sense, nuance, context and common sense, people will draw the inevitable conclusion.
An undertow of doubt about the Government’s competence is washing through the Conservative Parliamentary Party
And contrary to Johnson’s figure of speech, we haven’t yet reached the mountain peak. The difficult part of the climb is only just beginning.
What will Conservative MPs make of the Prime Minister’s new plan – not just this morning, but during the coming weeks?
The ’22 Executive has been pushing for a faster end to lockdown, and many Tory MPs agree. But they’re more likely to follow public opinion than lead it.
But there is no simple split between the Left and Right of the Party, and no sense of rebellion, at least yet.
The Government needs to give shape and definition to its backroom plans to end the lockdown. His colleagues must support the man in charge.
The new parliamentary party is more Eurosceptic, and a majority government better-positioned to absorb rebellions. And yet…
The perils and volatility that the Coronavirus – that ultimate leveller-down – brings with it suddenly endanger last year’s near-landslide winner.
The Chancellor should make further provision for them. But the vast though necessary expansion of state spending will need emergency powers-type checks.
WATCH: Luke Evans, NHS doctor and Tory MP, on self-distancing and self-isolation – what’s the difference?
Conservative MPs who have returned to the NHS front line to help tackle the virus include Maria Caulfield and Caroline Johnson.