The Brexit bunch's bid to oust Theresa May has fallen rather flat, at least for the time being. Having failed to muster enough letters to force a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister, the European Research Group now appears to be desperately backtracking. Jacob Rees-Mogg, who enjoyed the limelight at an impromptu press conference outside Parliament last week when a vote appeared to be imminent, seemed somewhat more shy this morning when he was asked about the attempt to bring down the PM – rebuking a reporter for calling it a 'coup':
'Coup is entirely the wrong word. Indeed it is a rather silly word. This overegged language is rather damaging to political debate.'
Mr S thinks that 'democratic process within the Conservative party' doesn't have quite the same ring about it as 'coup'...