Westminster

‘Gossip is as important as the green benches in the chamber of the House of Commons. Without it, the country would sink’

“Boris, ironically, now offers Remoaners the best chance of a soft Brexit, or at least a sensible one. And to those who want a second referendum—’the people’s vote’—there may even be a chance of that too.”

“As the Conservative Party’s fortunes have waned, Johnson’s standing has waxed. After all, if the party is heading for electoral disaster, taking a punt on Boris becomes much less of a risk.”

‘It is odd that wealth and position should play a part in Tory leadership considerations —but again they surely will’

‘Tony Blair’s decision to introduce PR for the 1999 European elections was the springboard for the rise of UKIP, and ultimately for the referendum’

“If May had not called her wholly unnecessary 2017 general election and thrown away the Conservative majority, the Brexit process would not now be in the dire state it is.”

‘Will the Independent Group break the mould of British politics? The odds must be against it, but perhaps they are not as poor as they first look’

‘A Speaker with a strong political agenda is a dangerous creature under the Westminster model’

The first female PM faced unprecedented vitriol from snobbish cultural bureaucrats

Entryism plagued the Labour Party in the 1970s, and is doing so again