Hardliners from the left and from the right are pulling at poor Theresa May, threatening to tear her limb from limb. She is trapped between a rock and a very hard place.
The situation is so tense, the burden so great that Theresa May may be eating her favourite meal right now, without noticing its taste.
She is pushing for a Brexit extension because there is a real threat of civil war, whichever way she pushes.
In the end, I think she has taken a very pragmatic step in the circumstances. She has left the game for Time to decide. In 48 Laws Of Power, we are thought that sometimes if we don’t act and leave difficult decisions for time, time will dictate the eventual action.
I think that is what she has done, and that events, rather than political will, will dictate what eventually happens Brexitwise in a few days time.