Mandrake’s job is to report the news, not to make it, so I will relay this without comment – and without, I hope, too much hubris. On Monday last week, I bumped into Sam Gyimah at the Sky News studios in Westminster. He asked me how I was doing and I told him I’d known happier times.
He then got my whole “we have to be better than this” speech, which he listened to quietly and politely, but without making any substantive response. He then left in deep thought. Four days later, my decent and principled friend resigned as universities minister – the seventh minister to do so – because he said that he could not support Theresa May’s Brexit plan.