If so much, as Ministers suggest, depends on common sense, nuance, context and common sense, people will draw the inevitable conclusion.
The Prime Minister is being urged to employ more women, but here is one who already makes it difficult for him to get away with sloppy thinking.
Gender diversity is not arbitrary identity politics; it matters in decision-making.
“[T]hroughout this crisis, we’ve had nurseries adjacent to hospitals remaining open. We haven’t seen infection in them.”
“In the past people have seen Matt and the Government set ambitious targets, and they said… that won’t be met”. Matt met that target.”
The formal deadline for agreeing an extension to the transition period is close, but Britain is unlikely to ask for one.
Those Conservative-Liberal Democrats successes have laid robust foundations on which subsequent governments have built.
The Chancellor of the Duchy reports that the number of tests carried out yesterday fell to 76,495.
The latter led the charge to build 300,000 homes a year – but the Health Secretary’s real achievement is to help create a new industry from scratch.
The Health Secretary’s defence of his department’s pro-lockdown stance has made him a target for those who want it eased.
“We will over the next few weeks be in a position to increase the number of our tests, we will have 100,000 tests being conducted by the end of this month.”
He insists that it was perfectly normal procedure for committees to be chaired by a number of ministers with relevant portfolios.
The Government’s main aim to date has been to ensure that it can take the strain – and his remarkable statement shows that this is unlikely to change.
“I’ve talked to senior members of the NHS and they’ve reassured me…some of those ventilators from abroad are coming from EU countries.”
The Chancellor of the Duchy suggests that the peak of the crisis will come earlier if people keep observing social distancing.
“We’re expanding the number of beds, increasing the number of staff and also investing in life-saving equipment.”
Johnson’s task is to hire the right people and back them as long as they are getting things done, no matter who they offend in the process.
Needed during the coming weeks: a Government information campaign for older people, their families, employers and businesses.
His recent announcement to the Commons suggests the Government may be making another effort to grasp a nettle which his predecessors have neglected.
The overall numbers are down slightly after the allegations against the Home Secretary and the Government’s defeat over Heathrow.
The Goverment will also “not accept nor agree to any obligations where our laws are aligned with the EU or the EU’s institutions” – including the Court of Justice.
We’ve been through all this before with the Gove education reforms – which he co-worked on and which have helped to improve lives.
Politicians get a kicking, sometimes deservedly, but if you want an example of committed public service, look no further, on this reshuffle day, than at this one.
We cheer the mission. But government needs more compromise, art, tact and accomodation than campaigning alone allows.
A WTO exit at the end of 2020 is not the probable outcome – but the risk does look under-priced.
It is past time that Westminster overcame its queasiness about pressing the devolved administrations on their dire performance.
The month-on-month stability in our rankings highlights against just how much an overall majority has calmed British politics.
The Prime Minister resembles a batsman who is enjoying himself.
By the time May finally stepped down, I was concerned about the future of our parliamentary democracy. What a waste of well over three years.
And so it was that the cause of Remain, fronted by Cameron and George Osborne, lost out to that of Leave, led by…Boris Johnson and Michael Gove.