Do I detect the Beeb's post-referendum Continuity Project Fear beginning to run out of traction? Maybe that's just my own optimism shading the landscape. But relentlessly optimistic I remain, because there is just so much to play for, and the 'other side' is in such utter disarray. Actually that should be 'sides' in the plural, but hey, Come the three corners of the world in arms / And we shall shock them. Nought shall make us rue / If England to itself do rest but true.
Not that the situation isn't fraught with peril. In a situation like this one could wish for a Heseltine - an onside Heseltine, obviously - someone with tenacity, tactical nous and creativity: the chap who solved the Poll Tax in half an afternoon. Is David Davis that man? We shall find out.
I actually agree with whomever it was (can't find the link) who wrote recently that the government now needs to conduct itself as if we were at war. Yes, it's big and serious! Full attention and maximum effort required on all fronts. Melt down some of the family silver. Tighten the belt. Grown-ups to the front. Now is the hour.
Funnily enough, the early signs of exactly such an attitude that may be detected - everyone lauding the big cross-border investment deals that have been announced as proof we are open for business - make the wretched Hinkley all the more likely to "go ahead", however crass. The French are obviously rushing to grab, quick, while stocks last. So be it; a 'yes' in July 2016 means very little in practice, but has big symbolic importance and, given we really don't need the project & the French really, really do, confers some rather handy leverage.
(But isn't ND an implacable opponent of Hinkley? Yup - which goes to show the priority I'm advocating for all things that tend towards advancing the main cause.)
I quite like the parallel Paul Goodman draws with the Stuart Restoration: a time for focus, creative politics and reconciliation. Might draw this out a bit more on another occasion. But an even more compelling analogy (and I hope I'm steering clear of the Godwin trap) is with Churchill taking the reins in 1940. Phoney War coming to an end; focussed leadership drawing on eclectic resources; clear vision. You ask what is our policy? .. what is our aim?..
Just now the Vision thing is, maybe, a bit less black-and-white: a bit harder to articulate in detail what would constitute success. But here's my attempt.
The settlement we reach - with Europe, and amongst the various parts of the UK - must be so good that the Irish (that is, the Southern Irish) should seriously start thinking about whether they want to join us.
I don't see why not.