The veteran Eurosceptic John Redwood has received a knighthood in the New Year honours list, prompting accusations that Theresa May is using the honours system to smooth the way for her Brexit deal.
With the vote on the prime minister’s deal due to take place in the week of 14 January, the Conservative backbencher and former Wales secretary is one of three MPs to be knighted.
It’s about par for the course in the gongs list, isn’t it? Actually, Redwood could fairly expect a peerage – not inevitably gain one, but fairly expect. So, not much of a bribe at all.