Chris Mullin was a fellow traveller of Jeremy Corbyn in the 1980s, back in the day when the two of them were helping Tony Benn in his ultimately unsuccessful bid to capture the commanding heights of the Labour party.
It turns out that there is a nuclear button that Theresa May is reluctant to press. She has just made her first big policy decision by choosing to pause and review government support for the mammothly controversial Hinkley Point nuclear reactor. Be in no doubt that this was a call made in Downing Street.
In an expression of the kinder, gentler politics that has famously infused the Labour party in the past year, John McDonnell recently told a rally of Corbynistas that the Labour MPs trying to depose the leader are "fucking useless". The vituperation is entirely mutual.
Some people like to divide prime ministers into two types: warriors and healers. Margaret Thatcher, Britain's first female premier, was a famous exemplar of the martial category. Theresa May has begun her time at Number 10 by projecting herself as the balm after the storm.
All political lives end in failure and when they are the lives of prime ministers the fatal fall is the more spectacular. For David Cameron, nemesis arrived in one night. His mistakes caught up with him while he was still in office and defeat in the EU referendum triggered an inevitable self-defenestration from Number 10.
1 Has the Chilcot report changed anyone's mind? Only the truly committed will wade through every one of the 2.6 million words in the bloated report authored by Sir John Chilcot and his committee. The seven years they have taken to produce their findings is longer than the six years British troops were present in Iraq.
The world gapes at Britain in amazement and arrives at the conclusion that we must be having some sort of national nervous breakdown. The most dramatic expression of that view has come from Mark Rutte, the prime minister of the Netherlands and a disappointed Anglophile, who declares: "England has collapsed politically, monetarily, constitutionally and economically."
The fascinating thing about these encounters on Channel 5 between Tony Blair and angry members of the electorate is what didn't happen next. Alastair Campbell didn't punch his BlackBerry blue with expletive-rich e-mails to the editor of the show raging that the audience had been packed with Tories, Trots and tossers.
In the speech announcing his resignation, David Cameron included a list of the things he was proud to have done as prime minister. I suspect you glazed over at that point. So will future biographers of his premiership. He has just become one of those leaders who will be remembered for a single enormous mistake.
A veteran political commentator, sadly no longer with us, once counselled me: "Never begin with a number." His theory was that readers were allergic to figures. I can see him shaking his head, because today I am going to begin with a couple of numbers. Two million eight hundred thousand.
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