Behind all the tittle-tattle and flummery, as Number 10 has turned into a soap opera, serious issues are in play. They are important for the country’s prospects, and also for Boris’s. I suspect that the events of the past few days have done him a lot of damage with the voters. He has seemed weak and hapless. It was as if he had wandered into a Punch and Judy show, in which his fiancee and his chief adviser were cheerfully battering one another. They both then turned on him. He has an urgent need to re-assert the dignity of his office, so that he can make a statement without everyone asking who was pulling the puppet-strings. In a phrase, Boris has to take back control.
While policy needs to be focussed on reforms that grow the economy, the PM forgot the context. That’s the conflict in Ukraine.