Also: Democratic Unionists ‘under pressure’ over Brexit u-turn; and Gove backs Bowie’s criticism of SNP over no-deal preparations.
“The Light of Lights looks always on the motive, not the deed; the Shadow of Shadows on the deed alone.”
Former MPs Amanda Solloway and James Davies take another run at their seats as new contenders take up posts across Wales, the West Midlands, and London.
Like May before him, the Prime Minister risks inflicting deep structural damaged on the United Kingdom in order to escape tactical difficulties.
The key test seems to be whether or not an MP is prepared to pledge their full support to the Conservative manifesto at the next election.
Brexiteers retain their stranglehold on the top of the chart, but there is a general downward drift. Is it a foretaste of what might happen if we fail to leave the EU next month?
The Prime Minister’s opponents are entirely within their rights to condemn his language, but not to the useful lie that he’s breaking new ground.
Also: Democratic Unionists attack Corbyn for backing IRA as it murdered judges; and growing concern of risk of loyalist violence against backstop.
Common law demands we pretend even the most surprising decision has always been the case – but this is fuelling demands for retroactive justice.
Also: Poll suggests SNP have a mountain to climb on independence; Cameron admits he asked Queen to intervene in 2014; and more.
Remainer lawfare and Brexiteer backlash are exposing the judiciary to public and press scrutiny in unprecedented and possibly dangerous ways.
Also: Johnson says he’ll refuse the SNP legal authorisation for another independence referendum; Varadkar warned against imposing settlement on unionists.
If it is seen as creating a back-door for low-skilled immigration it risks eroding the very public trust which has given the Government political space to liberalise the rules.
The ruling makes it much less clear which side the Supreme Court will take on Tuesday – and drags the judiciary deeper into political controversy.
Many are choosing to depart at an age which would have been very unusual in earlier times, and each gives Johnson a new chance to reshape the parliamentary party.
The data for this was collected before the Government’s string of Commons defeats – next month’s may look rather different.
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“In recent weeks I’ve been torn between family loyalty and the national interest… time for others to take on my role as MP and minister”, says Jo.
Also: Holyrood system would not serve the purported aims of Tomkins’ new party; Scottish court rejects bit to block prorogation; and IRA in spotlight over donation.
Unable to form a coherent alternative government, Johnson’s opponents place their hopes in yet another extension.
Two-thirds of this latest tranche come with a caveat that applicants may be deselected if the boundary review goes ahead.
Davidson’s successors must not let recognition of her extraordinary achievements to turn into counter-productive myth-making and a counsel of despair.
He must not repeat May’s mistake of using it as a holding pen for loyal colleagues. From combating terrorism to countering nationalist spin, the role is crucial.
Building the northern sections first could provide a springboard for further projects and combat the idea that the former Mayor of London is too capital-focused.
It’s GERS day: “When otherwise sensible folk, holding down serious jobs, devise and propagate all manner of conspiracy theories, as well as insult Scottish Government analysts…”
Sajid Javid said it would be impossible to reconcile with the Government’s commitments to EU nationals currently in the UK, and it still looks as if he’s right.
Once again, Remainers are bolstering the separatists even as they lecture Brexiteers on the importance of the Union.
Also: Labour’s civil war on Scottish independence deepens; Scottish Government pays Salmond half a million pounds in damages; and more.
Beyond the blame game, it could bolster his argument for a decisive resolution on Brexit and provide cover for an increase in spending.
Labour politicians pandering to nationalist sentiment, and Remainers colluding with separatists in Parliament, are a clear and present danger.