The Tories’ contemptible lack of spine will be what really torpedoes them in the next few weeks

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IT won’t just be Brexit failure that torpedoes the Tories over the next month. It will be their contemptible lack of spine.

The Government is paralysed, unable to fix problems or form ideas.

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Michael Gove is formally meeting the Extinction Rebels group — a summit which they will film, hoping to shame him further[/caption]

It is afraid of Corbyn, of Farage, of voters, of its own members.

It’s afraid of anyone who shouts “boo”.

Like the “Extinction Rebellion” hypocrites who brought chaos to London because even our world-leading emissions reductions aren’t enough for them.

Why did they try it on here? Because, like child activist Greta Thunberg, they knew our Government would buckle . . . unlike tougher, dirtier ones elsewhere.

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Child activist Greta Thunberg, they knew our Government would buckle[/caption]

And so it has. Its “fracking tsar” has quit after the party caved in to social media scaremongering.

Now Environment Secretary Michael Gove will formally meet “Extinction Rebels” today — a summit they will film, hoping to shame him further.

Can any mob now win a personal audience with Cabinet ministers via mayhem? This lot spent a fortnight breaking the law and causing misery. Some 1,100 were arrested. Why hasn’t Gove just stated some hard truths and told them to sling their hook?

He could tell them our eco taxes are already deterring investment.

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Why hasn’t Gove just stated some hard truths and told them to sling their hook?[/caption]

He is more likely to let them walk all over him, as he did with Greta, and as the Government has with the Opposition.

Labour and the SNP are both winning on the environment, despite the Tories’ stellar record since 2010. How? Labour wants to open a new coal mine. The SNP has an ­economic strategy based on OIL.

What are Theresa May and her Cabinet doing? They are in full retreat on this and every policy.

Winter is here, Tories. Stand and fight.

Don’t be a fuel

IF Philip Hammond wanted to hammer the final nail in his Government’s coffin he could raise fuel duty.

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Philip Hammond could alienate a tenth of the workforce by raising fuel duty[/caption]

One in ten workers now drives a van. There are a record number on our roads thanks to the rise in self-employment and online shopping deliveries.

So Hammond chooses THIS moment to consider ending the long freeze on duty.

Chancellors often do test the water.

But, given his previous suicide Budgets, who’d bet against him alienating a tenth of the workforce?

Eyes not spies

IT no longer matters whether GCHQ trusts Huawei with our 5G network.

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Tech giant Huawei is vulnerable to interference from the Chinese state[/caption]

The tech giant is vulnerable to interference from the Chinese state. And the US, our No1 ally, may stop sharing intelligence with us if we gamble on it.

“We will have to reassess the ability for us to share information,” says a senior State Department official.

Who can blame him?

Our global alliances, especially with other Five Eyes nations, must come first.

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