As if to cap it all off this evening a video emerged of Labour MP Karl Turner confronting Boris Johnson's advisor Dominic Cummings. Turner's behaviour was akin to someone about to kick off outside a pub on a Friday night, but fair play to Mr Cummings who barely budged from his rather chilled position of leaning up against a stanchion. "Who's this guy?" he remarks to his companion, "I don't know who you are". Watch below.
Turner appears to confuse media hype for reality. It's highly unlikely that people are going to hear what was said by Boris and think that it was anything but innocuous. It is a surrender bill and it is humbug to suggest that he is to blame for an increase in death threats to MPs. If there has been an increase in death threats to MPs it is through their own actions in trying to overturn the 2016 Leave mandate. As for Boris's assertion that the "best way to honour Jo Cox is to get Brexit done" - how is this offensive? Jo's constituency of Batley & Spen returned a 60% Leave vote, are Labour MPs suggesting that she would not respect that vote? Are they assuming that she would be as dishonourable as them? The apology is not Boris's to make.
As for huge Leave votes, how about that of Karl Turner's constituency? Kingston-upon-Hull East is the fifth strongest Leave voting constituency in the entire country (72.8%), so how on earth can he justify himself to his constituents? There's shame and disgrace alright, and it's on your own doorstep Karl. Perhaps that's why you can't accept criticism of your behaviour and like so many of your colleagues cannot tolerate anyone whose opinion differs from your own.
Turner's constituency is another in clear need of a Leave alliance in a general election. He has a big majority, but just look at the UKIP vote pre-referendum. The Tories could stand aside here and give the Brexit Party a clear run. Leave or not on October 31, the Brexit Party will cost you Boris...
Kingston-upon-Hull East 2017 general election
Simon Burton (Con) 10,959 (29.9%) +14.0%
Mark Fox (UKIP) 2,573 (7.0%) -15.3%
Andrew Marchington (Lib Dem) 1,258 (3.4%) -3.1%
Julia Brown (Green) 493 (1.4%) -0.9%
Kingston-upon-Hull East 2015 general election
Karl Turner (Lab) 18,180 (51.7%) +3.8%Richard Barrett (UKIP) 7,861 (22.4%) +14.3%
Christine Mackay (Con) 5,593 (15.9%) -0.7%
David Nolan (Lib Dem) 2,294 (6.5%) -16.3%
Sarah Walpole (Green) 806 (2.3%) New
Martin Clayton (Yorks Party) 270 (0.8%) New
Mike Cooper (Nat Front) 86 (0.2%) -2.3%
Val Hoodless (SDP) 54 (0.2%) New