Will the Conservative Party, any time soon, return to significant normality? The phrase the Prime Minister coined to inject optimism into the prospects of national recovery from the Covid-19 crisis – and which may return to haunt him – has an equally brittle application to his party. So far this year we have seen two significant defeats for the leadership: the forced U-turn on Huawei and the installation of Julian Lewis as chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee instead of Number 10’s nominee Chris Grayling. As a classicist, Boris Johnson should be able to read in the entrails of those dead ducks some inauspicious auguries.