He Turned, He Turned, He Turned

Another day and another government u-turn, though it has to be said this one makes sense. As well as playing Health Secretary yesterday, it seems the PM was also acting Justice Secretary. In a victory for the Sun and Mail, Ken Clarke’s controversial plans to half the sentences of people that plead guilty have been given the boot. Given No.10 originally backed the plans, you might say Cameron has ducked another fight…

Downing Street are in a tricky position here, Ken Clarke has been in Parliament longer than George Osborne has been alive. They are making it clear they are not briefing behind Clarke’s back, but this is a hugely embarrassing and very public dressing down for the old man. They don’t want to sack him, but might find the he tells them where to go…




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Quote of the Day

Stephen Bush writing in the New Statesman‘s morning briefing…

“The terrifying truth is that the Opposition is too divided – within the parliamentary party, within the trades unions, within the Shadow Cabinet and even within the leader’s office – to be anything other than a veto player as far as Brexit goes, and the party’s whole gambit is really about trying to make that weakness look like a strength. Keir Starmer saying that Labour is “increasingly likely” to vote down the deal is simply a reflection of the fact that the one thing the Labour party will be able to agree on as far as Brexit goes is that Theresa May’s deal is no good.”

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