scottishtv wrote: ↑Fri 13 Nov, 2020 18.06
Anyone suspect there might be some sort of Brexit compromise deal about to appear? That's the only thing I can think of that's so enraged Cummings and his mate that they've left No. 10 this quickly.
Maybe I'm just being hopeful.
What is notable is the tone of the rhetoric on both sides had calmed down a lot just prior to the departure of Cummings. And also how something which apparently needs to be sorted in 5 weeks with little progress made to date no longer seems such a priority or such a problem.
I would say either the UK has been offered and in-principle accepted a Norway-style deal but this won't be announced until the 11th hour, or there has been an in-principle agreement to extend the transition period and kick the can down the road (again).
I have long believed that Boris is only a Brexiteer because he decided it was politically advantageous for him to be so. Pre-referendum he had never been particularly identified with the Euro-sceptic wing of the Conservative party and indeed felt the need to have what amounted to a press launch of 'Boris the Brexiteer' with speculation as to which way he would lean. He decided that when polling showed a roughly 50/50 split then either way the referendum went he could spin it either as a result achieved because of him or a result which only got so close to being achieved because of him. When he is known as being a man light on detail and with no long term strategy it probably didn't occur to him as to what he would do after basking in the political capital he gained from the leave side.
As it is, he's either been offered a reasonable deal or the opportunity to carry on hiding under the covers a bit longer. Either will do for Boris, neither would be acceptable to Cummings. I suspect the much reported claims that Cummings slagged off Carrie Symonds came from the ensuing argument over Brexit rather than being a random slur.