It is a good tactic of Dominic Cummings to make fearful but off-the-record noises about how a Johnson government might handle parliament in the next few weeks. He smokes out the ever more extreme notions of the other side without actually committing the government to any course other than leaving on 31 October.
A tendency to drag the Queen into these conversations is a well-known sign of madness. Poor Dominic Grieve is clearly in a Cummings-induced state of delirium.
This article is an extract from Charles Moore's Spectator Notes, available in this week's magazine.