This is a fascinating article from the Guardian. It reports that Michael Gove launches his bid with an assassination of Boris Johnson’s leadership ambitions, with whom he ran the Vote Leave campaign.
Source: Gove’s leadership bid verdict: ‘a real chance he could win’ | Global | The Guardian
The article speculates that he could have a real chance of winning.
I’m less sure. Gove seems too modest and unsure of himself. He’s now stabbed both David Cameron and Boris Johnson in the back. He’s not that experienced as a minister and he’s probably not telegenic like David Cameron. Gove apparently has socially liberal views on race, gay marriage and social mobility. But he’s a strong Eurosceptic and neoconservative on foreign affairs. He was adopted as a child by a Labour supporting family. He won a scholarship to an independent school and went to Oxford where was the President of the Union.
Gove will obviously appeal to Brexit supporters but it’s not clear whether he has the qualities to unite both his party and the country.
Time will tell. For me, Gove is no David Cameron.