Theresa May headed to the seaside town of Grimsby this morning to try and inject new life into her flagging Brexit strategy. The prime minister plans to give a speech in the Leave voting town, which piles pressure on the EU to offer her concessions so she can get her deal past parliament.
But it appears that she may have been let down once again by her hapless transport minister Chris Grayling. Parliamentary lobby hacks hoping to cover the prime minister’s speech this morning have been hit by train delays as they travelled from London to Lincolnshire, due to a cancelled connection at Newark. With the current state of the UK rail network, unsurprisingly, talk has already turned to whether Chris Grayling’s bungling management of the railways might be to blame:
Theresa May's decision to hold her Brexit speech in Lincolnshire is backfiring spectacularly as the lobby's finest battle train cancellations that thwart their every move North. Just as well Chris Grayling can't see the press gallery Whatsapp group
— Tim Shipman (@ShippersUnbound) March 8, 2019
Which leaves the question: if you give a speech about Brexit in the town of Grimsby, but nobody hears it because your transport minister is so useless, does it make any difference?