this chaotic stasis cannot last.
The competing tensions pulling Theresa May in opposite directions – the jihadist fervour of her hard-Brexit suicide bombers and the excruciating economic results if they are indulged – cannot be reconciled.
They will tear her apart – as they will tear apart her successor and her party.
The laws of political physics dictate this.
But at this unusual moment in history – the occupancy of No 10 is for once on the political undercard.
The headline act – which will define Britain for many generations, is whether this one-way trip to perdition can be cancelled.