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.
It was, of course, back when he expected that his side was going to win. His party appears not to have taken the advice.
Davis defied the Lords by carrying the Commons, but could not talk round Clegg.
They will be considered in the Commons this week – and would have the effect of undermining the Prime Minister’s negotiation.
Most of the latter are used to trying to stop rebellions, not start them.
The Chancellor, who was standing in for the PM, sounded stiff, over-prepared and ungenerous.
Plus: Boris’s multiple problems. The Chancellor’s dodgy figures. Euro referendum recriminations everywhere. And: SNP MPs in white Y-front shreddies.
Plus: The Parliamentary Awayday. Matt Hancock is bitten by a police alsatian – but as Fabricant observed, the dog should live!
Therese Coffey carried out young Gavin Williamson, the PM’s ADC, who was tired and emotional, in a fireman’s lift. He hasn’t been seen since.
After a painful week – including attempts to unseat Cummings – Steve Baker acts as peacemaker and urges a ceasefire.
Plus: Sir Simon Bowie, Soames on a diet, the Trussette on manoeuvres, tiger nannies, and Proud to be Out. And: Time for Liders to get his British Empire Medal.
Plus: Boris’s party is raided by the Vice and Drugs Squads. The Home Secretary says it was “a police operational decision”
Plus: I hate Frankfurt. Love for Javid. Morgan’s popularity rises. And: No-one wants to see Danny Alexander’s ginger nuts swinging their way down Whitehall.
Plus: Soames’s “serious environmental work” (i.e: shooting). Brothers Cash and Jenkin lose the plot. The agony of Kevan Jones. And: I am shaken by a Psychedelic Orgasm.
Last year, it was Sir Peter Luff. Political balance, you see.