1. Praying in aid
As Boris Johnson’s first proper outing on the international stage gets underway this week, could he be fatally undermined by a little local difficulty? That’s the hope of Conservative MPs plotting to reinstate the 0.7 per cent aid target in a Commons vote later today.
It’s enough to make Red Box nostalgic for those lost months of parliamentary wrangling over Brexit. More than 30 Tories plan to hijack government legislation only tangentially related to international aid in attempt to reverse the cut to 0.5 per cent, which, don’t forget, was a departure from their manifesto.
Among the former cabinet rebels with their name on the amendment to the Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill, the last vestige of Dominic Cummings’s legacy: Theresa…