Does anyone believe what the PM says?
✒ AS our parliament embarks on a very long prorogation, our Prime Minister says this will help him and his team prepare a new Queen’s Speech. Does anybody believe him?
Few of us judge that a General Election is likely to produce a useful outcome.
The crucial issue is - of course Brexit. On this the Tories are split, Labour is in a semi-paralysed state, and the parties which have a clear European policy don’t have enough support to form a government. Much more helpful would be a People’s Vote.
Any talk of a Government of National Unity headed by a respected politician such as Harriet Harman is probably torpedoed by her decision to offer herself as a candidate to succeed John Bercow as Speaker. Ken Clarke would be a good choice, of course.
What I write, however wellresearched, is of course open to dismissal as Project Fear.
Mentioning research reminds me of the ERG. Our MP Alex Chalk referred to this group in his skilfully crafted House Notes last week and in his impromptu remarks to a large group of us outside his constituency office recently.
This group is known to be a force within the Westminster Tories.
Who precisely are they? The Information Commissioner judged that the group’s membership should be made known but I do not know if that has been honoured. John Ricketts Lynworth