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.
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.