A week ago we wrote about the British PM’s move to check an out-of-control Parliamentary watchdog. It ended in a populist revolt and he sacrificed a former minister, Owen Paterson, to the mob.
This seems to have worked as well for him as it did for Charles II. One of his Tory predecessors, Sir John Major, broke the first rule of party loyalty by branding the government “politically corrupt”. And the opposition started baying for the head of former attorney general Sir Geoffrey Cox because, as a backbench MP, he had also worked as a barrister and had committed such heinous offences as missing the deadline to register his earnings.