She is one of the few Cabinet members who does not give the impression of having had her personality flattened by the sacrifices demanded by a ministerial career.
Jon Davis and John Rentoul’s new book contains valuable material, but cannot efface Iraq, or the former Prime Minister’s self-righteousness.
Plus: What would it take to get the Cabinet leavers to resign? Clarke’s Maastricht Treaty Customs Union moment. And: in defence of Robbie Gibb.
Some have stepped down due to scandal or ill-health, but the overwhelming majority are down to policy disagreements with the Government.
But he warns that others are considering their positions as the Prime Minister faces crunch decisions on Brexit.
May should go in mid-April. But attempts to appoint a successor uncontested will only stir further chaos in the hen coop.
If this Prime Minister won’t or can’t sack them, her successor should. That is the only way to preserve the basis on which government functions.
In previous contests, service in Cabinet was seen as a requirement. Now it could even be seen as a weakness.
Javid almost doubles his rating after his decisive handling of Begum. Meanwhile Rudd, Gauke and Clark all fall. And Grayling plumbs new depths.
The cohort of future Conservative leadership candidates would do well to start thinking about the structure of the Number 10 they want to build.
The former Brexit Secretary warns of the danger that MPs will believe the Government has not even demanded the necessary concessions from Brussels.
Plus: People vote for me to shave off my beard. But the decision was only advisory. And did they have enough information…?
The conventional wisdom is: weak Prime Minister, strong Cabinet. But what we see is: weak Prime Minister, weak Cabinet.