The Waugh Zone October 19, 2016

The problem is the politics, not the planning process. Some in Whitehall and Westminster have in recent months fuelled the impression that MPs will get a vote this autumn, soon after the Cabinet sub-committee decision next week. It was only ever going to be a ‘non-binding’ vote, but will it happen at all now? Or will Boris and others’ feelings be spared further? No.10 is being pretty opaque on that today. Sadly, one spectacle is now not going to happen. Boris won’t be allowed to lie down in front of any bulldozers, as he previously threatened. May’s explicit guidance in her letter says no minister will be allowed to ‘campaign actively’ against the decision.

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