History corner: a patrician Etonian Prime Minister essays a Middle East adventure against a dictator. The PM fails to make sure of sufficient support, and has the rug pulled out from under him.
We all know what happened to Eden.
Interesting to watch Miliband and Alexander making merciless partisan capital out of last night's debacle. Well, they've had a miserable summer. (Almost made Hammond look statesmanlike by comparison on Newsnight, which is quite an achievement.) Gloves off now on the domestic front, for sure.
Miliband needs to be careful. These are fraught times, and Grown-Up's games are being played. If anyone ever wondered what the UK does in Cyprus, they may find out shortly, Commons vote or no Commons vote. Cyprus is 95% of what the US wants from the UK. Israel may have a little message for Miliband too, in due course.
Now - who is going to play Macmillan to Cameron's Eden ? Someone flamboyant, unscrupulous, ambitious ... whoever could that be ?