The idea might suit the leadership aspirations of some potential successors. But wishful thinking and stubborn reality don’t mix – at least not in this case.
As a free vote, this may give us the clearest picture of the divisions at the very top of the Party over how to approach Brexit.
It would be more effective to make good use of the elected, accountable and effective system that is already in place.
Javid almost doubles his rating after his decisive handling of Begum. Meanwhile Rudd, Gauke and Clark all fall. And Grayling plumbs new depths.
We were curious to know how big the proportion of objectors would be, to which the answer is: a fifth.
It is striking how little the former Foreign Secretary is doing to maintain his lead. Then again, he scarcely needs to stir – for the moment.
I welcome the suggestion that local Associations should follow the lead that the National Convention took last weekend.
The odds are stacking ever higher against the man who has dominated his country’s politics for years.
The words of Gordon Brown to Tony Blair echo in our ears. “There is nothing that you could say to me now that I could ever believe”.
The Home Secretary is afloat on a sargasso sea of returning jihadis, human rights laws, bewildering intelligence, gaps in the law – and a shrieking media.
The new group’s platform is not very inspiring. But its biggest problem is it they won’t be very different from the Conservatives’.
She could give us invaluable insights into jihadi recruitment techniques, and if deradicalised become a valuable asset.
No less than the ERG, the group of three sees everything through the prism of Brexit – which, let it not be forgotten, they voted to support themselves.
One thinks of the need for such as a measure as justice-related and security-related. But it would also send a powerful signal.
A key moral from the case of Shamima Begum is that we need better information both to protect and prosecute.