Guido understands that Yates of the Yard is indeed interested in speaking to the PM.
The PM is of course a very busy man, working on his tan in Barbados. The PMS was characteristically evasive with the Lobby at the last briefing as to when Tony would be back from his hols. There was however a hint that he will be off to save the Middle East when he returns. So the question on Guido’s mind – Is Blair on the Run?
He doesn’t even have time to iron his shirts nowadays.
Incidentally, there is a rumour going around that Tony will give a strong hint as to his exit timetable in his speech to the Lord Sainsbury-funded Progress gang of Blairite holdouts at their annual conference on September 9th. Guido isn’t betting on an early exit.
“This is, at its heart, a matter of public trust,” he told the PM, concluding: “I cannot reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country in our manifesto at the last election… I believe that the regulatory regime proposed for Northern Ireland presents a very real threat to the integrity of the United Kingdom. I cannot support an indefinite backstop arrangement, where the EU holds a veto over our ability to exit…”