“As a prime minister drained of authority struggles to hold her party together, ambitious ministers feel increasingly able to cock a snook with impunity.
This week’s rows over Boris Johnson’s dangerous handling of a disagreement with Iran, and Priti Patel’s freelance policymaking in the Middle East may seem a coincidence.
But the conduct of the foreign secretary is bound together with that of the international development secretary.
Both Mr Johnson and Ms Patel are able to play fast and loose because normal collective cabinet disciplines no longer apply. The prime minister is afraid to reprimand or sack. In this government it is everyone for themselves. …”
and yet there are people who will continue to vote for them.
It says as much about their voters as it does about their Ministers and MPs.
And so many of their voters in East Devon – where we had our own mini-scandal when Diviani voted against his own district councillors at county council over closure of community hospitals.
Did Tory district councillors sack him? No, they rallied round him and agreed to keep him not just as a councillor but as their Leader.
Such is political life today. Thank you Tory voters – for worse than nothing.