Whilst it’s difficult to imagine that many of our MPs are capable of even a lucid moment with things in Parliament as they are now, we must still hope that change could come from somewhere before it is too late for anyone.
Boris Blows Brexit is increasingly likely to be the headline that we will think about when we reflect on these times. But he could still summon the leadership that he has always sought to be seen to channel and even now, turn all of this chaos with Brexit on its head.
Put simply, Boris has no way of winning anything from this without reframing and regaining control of the narrative first. And he won’t do that if he remains precious about keeping control in No10.
No matter how right or wrong the prerogation of Parliament might be, Boris has given the opposition what is arguably an elevated position from which to more effectively toss their sticks and stones. The best way that Boris can help himself is by helping the opposition to resume fighting amongst themselves – and that can only happen once Parliament has been recalled.
Boris has nowhere to go. He hasn’t created the narrative of a new politics that we are all waiting for. He has fallen into the trap of believing that leadership is about how it looks, rather than what he actually does.
Leadership now is about calling the oppositions bluff. About passing the buck and the poisoned chalice of going against a public majority vote to the people who are genuinely responsible for all of this mess.
If Boris wants to have any chance of winning the next General Election and then being in control, he has to relinquish it now, let the opposition trip over their own mistakes and that means he must resign.
Most important of all is what Boris really does next. We’ve heard talk about One Nation Conservatism and putting out an olive branch to the 21. But if the only regrouping that Boris is prepared to do is to return – or rather attempt to return to how things in the Conservative Party have been, his Premiership and the Party will very soon be no more.
If Boris really wants to win the upcoming General Election and be remembered as a Prime Minister who really got something done, he will need to lead the very first steps upon a pathway which brings together those who voted Leave with those who voted Remain, left, right, centre and just about every political persuasion that is currently involved. He must capture our imaginations with a new politics and ambition for all that is to come. It will only come after we have passed through the open door that is a completely no-deal Brexit. And even now, he can have his cake and eat it, if he realises and accepts that this is how he must lead and regroup.