While the Tories are indulging in a leadership contest Government business has all but ground to a halt.
If running the country were a commercial enterprise the management would have had to file for bankruptcy by now.
They are not doing the job they were elected to do.
Ten months ago the Department for Communities published a green paper on social housing.
This set out the Government’s plans for strengthening the rights of tenants and improving building safety following the Grenfell fire.
There have been plenty of warm words from ministers sympathetic to the survivors of the fire but no legislation.
There is no shortage of Parliamentary time. Votes in the Commons are so rare that when one does occur it worthy of comment.
We are witnessing the consequences of what happens when there is vacuum of leadership in Downing Street coupled with departmental stasis.
This is not so much an abandonment of power but an abuse of it.
They have become squatters in Whitehall.
Unwilling to or unable to take action they have decided just to sit it out until a new leader or general election comes along.
Depressingly, a new Prime Minister with his or her own agenda could delay action on issues such as housing still further.
There will be a new Cabinet with ministers handled new departmental responsibilities and presumably new instructions from No 10.
In the mean time the survivors of Grenfell, those unable to get social care and the victims of the government’s welfare reforms are having to watch a beauty pageant in which the participants make promises aimed at winning the support of a few thousand well-heeled voters.
Labour should be reaping the rewards of this Tory retreat from responsibility.
Instead the party is suffering its own crisis of confidence.
Recent meetings of the Parliamentary Labour Party have rarely been happy affairs but last night’s was especially bitter as MPs vented their frustration over the failure to tackle anti-semitism, lack of strategy and the incoherence on Brexit.
What should trouble Jeremy Corbyn was that even usually loyal supporters voiced their exasperation.
But critics of Corbyn may want to consider if there are more effective ways of persuading the leadership to change its ways than complaining vociferously at PLP meetings.
9.30am – Theresa May chairs Cabinet. She’s then flying to Geneva to give a speech on modern slavery at the annual International Labour Conference.
10am – Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, gives evidence to the Education select committee.
10am – Film director Richard Curtis gives evidence to International Development committee.
11.30am – Greg Clark takes Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy questions in the Commons.
2.30pm – The Health and Social committee holds a session on drugs policy. No, he hasn’t been invited to give evidence.
3pm – The 1922 committee of backbench Conservatives MPs holds leadership hustings (held in private).
5.30pm – Rory Stewart holds public rally at London’s South Bank.
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