“I stand ready to finish the job,” said Theresa May today launching the rapid-fire campaign to save her leadership. That she stands ready to finish the job is exactly the problem, and why she is facing a vote of confidence among Tory MPs today. Look where her trying to finish the job has landed the country.

The desperate Number 10 operation to prop up the Prime Minister is also based on that old chestnut that a change of leadership “would be a distraction.” This is one of those political phrases that is deployed as a holding line in a crisis when the leadership’s position is weak and its supporters cannot think of anything positive to say. “Stay away from those lifeboats, they are a distraction.”