I’ve just come back from Steve Richards’ sofa for the Sunday Programme, sitting alongside Iain Dale. The grammar school debate is still raging, and whatever David Cameron has to say to the party membership pale into insignificance compared to what John Bercow, a fellow guest, had to say before we came on. He accused the Tory grassroots of “electoral suicide” if they “go on talking about the merits of grammar schools”. And more “David is simply not going to retreat into that sort of right wing laager because he knows it’s not worth it.” Cameron really pushed the boundaries in biffing the party, and I suspect won’t appreciate Bercow going even further. There are plenty folk around Cameron who actively dislike Tory activists. I suspect this Bercow’s remarks will cause a fuss before its broadcast at dawn on Sunday.
PS Iain and I were both appearing without jackets because, as Iain said, it aides conversation. I won’t tell you how he writes his Daily Telegraph column!