Theresa May is taking up space that might more profitably be occupied by a vacuum. Where there should be a British government there is a void. No commentator – not even historians – can identify any comparable paralysis of government. Tory journalists have stopped invoking the Corn Laws crisis, in the recognition that the current debacle is more serious, compromising the constitution and interests of the whole nation rather than a single class.

The plain truth, increasingly apparent to the entire country, is that the present political class and system of governance are no longer viable.