As I reflect on this list, I regretfully conclude that there’s no obvious candidate capable of ticking all the boxes for me.
But I suggest that Tory MPs need to reflect very carefully because their own political futures are at risk.
How is it possible that the Conservatives have plummeted from widespread public support to a lame-duck government? Yes, a large part of the blame must go to Theresa May and her advisors. May too must go and quickly, otherwise there’ll be further damage to the Tory brand. Read the mainstream press or social media, May is toxic right now.
More importantly Tory MPs must look to the spectacular rise in Jeremy Corbyn‘s political fortune. Critically, the Labour Party appeals to young people – they see the Conservative Party as the party for older, wealthy home owning voters. The Labour Party had clear and robust policies – the Conservative Party Manifesto 2017 was full of waffle and uncosted, risk assessed, etc., disgraceful stuff.
Too many Conservative MPs are preoccupied with Brexit to the exclusion of the future of the party. Conservatives must be ready to be bold and revolutionary, appealing to young voters, and ready to soften their demands on Brexit.
However, I fear that Conservative MPs will be too slow to wield the knife. But more critically, I sense that they will choose another trusty rather than a winner.
It’s time to reflect on the ideal profile of the next Conservative Party leader. Any thoughts and favoured candidates?