Chris Grayling adopts the Adrian Watson policy position…

It seems the British press are roasting Chris Grayling for his suggestion to an audience at a Centre for Policy Studies meeting that people running private guest houses should be allowed to exercise their own conscience over who they accept and don’t accept as guests… AKA, the Adrian Watson position, the Ulster Unionist candidate who was apparently ousted by the Tory central office, because he espoused precisely the self same policy position.

The position of candidate for South Antrim (probably the most marginal of all the Unionist Conservative alliance target seats) as of the time of writing remains unfilled… If the Tories are on the edge of a famous victory in Britain, in Northern Ireland the strategy is, by any reasonable measure, all over the place…

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