Last week I wondered whether May was just playing the old last-minute compromise-to-get-it-through game? It’s the tried-and-tested tactic in this sort of situation, so why wouldn’t she be using that sort of method? But few people on the internet have even wondered about this. Other than Patrick O’Flynn, who says:
Am hearing word that May has a last minute backstop “concession” on her back pocket to play in a week or so. Whether it is substantial or illusory is still to be seen.
It hardly needs saying that the MSM hasn’t said much at all about this possibility — even if they suspect, they’re staying schtum. But buried in this Bloomberg piece we have this nugget:
one member of Parliament said he’d been told the whips were preparing to make a concession aimed at buying off some rebels.
I’m not saying it’s necessarily going to work, but it’s making me worried. This trick works best when it’s offered unexpectantly, so if no-one is expecting it, the mere shock of a concession may be enough to bring enough rebels around, and maybe some more Labour rebels, and then we’re screwed.