Avoiding a vote on expanding the airport on the grounds he will be travelling looks like a cop-out in the wake of the international trade minister quitting.
The inclusion of professional footballers Eni Aluko and Alex Scott to this year’s punditry has been likened to “getting a netball player to discuss basketball”.
It also ignores the fact that academics regularly mark work from other universities.
For any ambitious Tory with connections to the capital, even losing has its advantages.
Unless the internal politics of the 19 member states line up with one another, necessary reforms will always hit the buffers.
When stowaway Evelyn Wauchope was discovered, the other passengers were so impressed they raised the funds to cover her ticket.
The prime minister has picked one of her closest allies to succeed Greg Hands as trade minister despite his lack of experience.
Even some Tory Leavers now concede that Britain will end up in an inferior position.
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