Theresa May and Jeremy Hunt among MPs to halt Boris Johnson and succeed David Cameron | Daily Mail Online

This is an insightful article from the Mail. It reports at least eight leading Tory MPs were scrambling to cut backroom deals to succeed David Cameron last night after his departure from No10 was dramatically brought forward.

Source: Theresa May and Jeremy Hunt among MPs to halt Boris Johnson and succeed David Cameron | Daily Mail Online

With the shortened timetable to appoint a new leader in September, it plays to the two leading candidates, Theresa May and Boris Johnson. At the moment, bookies have Theresa May in the lead. Whilst May will have the support of the Remain camp, plus she is a seasoned minister, she also has the benefit of standing in the last election – this seems to be key as to whether the Conservatives will need to call an early election. Boris has popular appeal  and importantly was the official head of the Brexit campaign but Johnson is untested as a minister, yet alone PM in the UK’s darkest hour since the blitz. Also there are doubts about Johnson’s values, beliefs and personal ambition – for example, alarmingly, Polly Toynbee describes Johnson as a sociopath in today’s Guardian.

Personally, I think the next leader needs to be a trusted, wily heavy-hitter, with exceptional leadership skills, capable of forging a national unity government, if necessary.



One response

  1. Dr Alf’s criteria “trusted wily heavy hitter” have to be supplemented by the words “telegenic” and financially savvy.
    Jeremy Hunt seems too lightweight for that, given his failure to deal with the Junior doctors fast enough and effect NHS reform; Boris Johnson vacillates and is light on detail and divisive; Mrs May is cold, and as a person who has upset the police, the Chinese Government and failed to effect police reform, does not fit the bill either.

    I think one needs to drill downwards into next generation territory to find the person needed who should perhaps be a woman because they are better at bridge building, consensus creating than men.

    In the end, one might be hard pressed to find someone who has all the required qualities that Dr Alf has identified so I see a compromise candidate who will have to be assisted by expert negotiators “bridgers”, “thrusters” and “schmoozers” as the Australians and those who know some Yiddish would describe them.

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