And with one fell swoop, with a glimpse of the strategic genius for which Jeremy Corbyn has become renowned, today’s launch of Labour’s General Election 2017 campaign has been transformed.
Until yesterday, there was at least an outside chance that Labour could have dominated today’s media coverage with some imaginative policy initiatives and soaring, inspiring rhetoric. But then, as has so often been the case these last 20 months or so, Jeremy happened. “Monsieur Zen”, as he so bafflingly and inappropriately labelled himself last week, declared to reporters that, having been elected – twice! – by the party membership to lead them, he was damned if he was going to let a little thing like a catastrophic electoral defeat interfere with that mandate.
Emmanuel Macron, the newly-elected French President, vowed during his election campaign to renegotiate the Le Touquet agreement which enables British border officials to carry out checks in France.
Theresa May on Monday appeared to concede that the agreement will have to be looked at again as she vowed to defend the border controls, arguing that they benefit France as much as the UK.