|* Paul Waugh|
by Paul Waugh | Politics
A bobble-hatted Boris yesterday said the PM was ‘making the best of a bad job’. Some saw it as more mischief, others as more bullshit.
And there’s one bit of stage management the Eurosceps have long predicted: they say Boris looks like he’s going to come on board after the PM yesterday offered that pledge to do more on UK Parliamentary sovereignty. Again, critics smell a rat, not least given the UK doesn’t have a constitution to match Germany’s constitutional court.
And No.10 admitted to us at Lobby that the 1972 European Act - which make EU law supreme over UK law - remains in place. Add in the fact that this 'new law' will be unveiled only at the time of the EU summit, even though it could be unveiled now, and you see why there's fresh irritation among some Tory MPs that they're being taken for fools.
Michael Gove, who’s tasked with delivering the beefed up sovereignty plan, is ‘torn between personal loyalty to the prime minister and his conscience’, The Times says.
IDS, who yesterday looked like he was sucking on a Toxic Waste supersour sweet, is of course a proper Outer. And he could break ranks rather than opine about his loyalty issues. Robert Peston said on ITV last night IDS could speak out before the summit, not after it.
Meanwhile, the Mail has a cry of pain over the whole issue with its splash today, asking ‘Who Will Speak For England?’. Twitter instantly extracted the urine. The SNP’s Pete Wishart Tweeted this morning ‘Must get this into Business Qs today’. But as it happens, Tristram Hunt is trying to speak for England. He has a speech today calling for a referendum on an English parliament and other ideas.
My colleague Owen Bennett has an interview with David Davis, who’s helping the Grassroots Out campaign tomorrow. DD urges MPs to vote not with their hearts but their heads: a not too subtle reference to Cameron's advice to his MPs to “do what’s in your heart”.
* Paul Waugh is the Executive Editor, Politics, HuffPost UK.