If he is to take the necessary steps to get a Brexit deal (and I hope he does), he is going to have to defy those instincts on a second issue, too.
I was regaled with horror story after story on access to even existing testing. Confidence in the “moonshot” is non-existent.
The real one is widely and correctly dismissed as weak. So we’ve had a go at assembling a stronger team. Here is the result.
An influential voice and well respected, the ERG politician has put his beliefs ahead of short-term career opportunism.
Both her communications style and her parliamentary career have been shaped by an outspoken desire to take us out of the EU.
Four members from the 2019 intake make the top 50, beating longer-serving and higher-ranked colleagues.
We’re now on Day Four of the controversy. This list began on Day Two and continues. One Minister has resigned from the Government.
Assuming no new revelations or his adviser’s resignation, he can either tough it out or order an inquiry.
“No one is indispensable…He should go today. If he doesn’t we shall just be talking about this until he goes.”
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.
The political logic of the Prime Minister’s choice is solid enough. But we’re past the stage where his Sunday statement can simply be taken on trust.
Four in five of our party member respondents say yes. Hunt is top choice to come in from outside – but there’s no strong support for any non-member.
Brady, Walker and Baker did their best to challenge the lockdown regulations, but Hancock preferred government by press conference.
As ERG Chairman his unyielding opposition to May’s Deal proved to be of great significance.
A WTO exit at the end of 2020 is not the probable outcome – but the risk does look under-priced.