In both cases their opponents resort to character assassination and are left with no one against whom they can argue.
Posts Tagged: Sir John Major
Owen Bennett sets out the known facts about an astonishing Tory.
Andrew Gimson’s leadership sketch: Black arts, FSBs and as they come to the last it’s still neck and neck
Jokes continue to be told, but it would be wrong to suggest the contest has been fought in a spirit of unwearying amity.
A Prime Minister might, in the autumn, ask the Queen to prorogue Parliament until the day after exit is legally due on 31 October.
Labour is still the favourite. Scott Morrison, the new Prime Minister, has had success in binding wounds and campaigning effectively.
Three meetings with the ’22 each year, with no questions allowed, are simply not sufficient. Even Corbyn engages more than this.
He argues that the country needs a clear majority in order to avoid “constitutional chaos” during the next phase of the negotiations, and an election may not provide one.
The People’s Vote is bound up with New Labour and talk of a new party. This does nothing to help it among Tory MPs…and much to harm it among Labour ones.
Daniel Hannan: We still have time to switch course from disaster. Just. It’s up to Conservative MPs to act now.
The logic is clear enough. The EU’s choice would be between no backstop and nothing else either; or no backstop and agreement on everything else.
But the Scottish Conservative leader cannot shed any light in her new book on the atrocious abuse directed against women on social media.
But Corbyn is so third-rate he helps to keep her in power, and both of them epitomise a wider decline in political speech.
Andrew Adonis’ new study of Prime Ministers since Churchill shows how difficult it is to reach an acceptable, and practical, European policy.
Henry Newman: There’s still time for the UK to shape the Brexit negotiations – if the Government gets its act together
That means making overdue decisions, settling internal disputes, and no more campaigning by the Treasury to undermine Brexit policy.
A list of new Tory Reform Group patron MPs suggests that it is stronger in the Commons than it may look.
Change, optimism and hope are a step up from paralysis, despair and pessimism. But successful politicians don’t necessarily radiate uplift.