Scores of leading Tories are already campaigning frantically for the election which could decide the future of their careers next year. Not the general election in May—a mere trifle in comparison.
It’s the race to replace David Cameron—the man who the Tories are officially putting forward to run the country for another five years.
After Home Secretary Theresa May and former Education Secretary Michael Gove already used half their time in office as unofficial leadership campaigns, MPs are now rallying to two bitterly opposed factions.
The Friends of George—those backing Cameron’s sidekick George Osborne on the basis on the cushy jobs he gave his previous chums—are squaring up to the Friends of Boris.
London mayor Boris Johnson finally confirmed his plans to become an MP, then made a speech calling for Cameron to threaten to leave the European Union. His “kitchen cabinet” of backers are furiously organising to try and rally people who think Cameron is too soft on Europe.
Or those who think he’s too soft on the Lib Dems. Or those who simply think he’s too soft on giving people like them promotions.
They certainly know how to talk big.
One MP claims that 100 of them are ready to force Cameron out if he forms another coalition with the Lib Dems. Another said, “It is appropriate Dave was looking at fish in Portugal because he will soon be fed to them.”
Friends of Dave do seem to be in short supply. Cameron is still reeling from the very public resignation of Baroness Warsi. His Cabinet lost a vital token Muslim and token woman while still recovering from desperate purge of a reshuffle.
Troublemaker wishes all candidates the best of luck in doing as much damage as possible to each other.
Johnson said he was more likely to be locked in a fridge, blinded by a champagne cork or decapitated by a Frisbee than be prime minister.
Troublemaker notes that there’s still a year for one of those things to happen.
Johnson generously pledges not to draw an MP’s wage while still London mayor.
Since he would otherwise take a big cut to his mayoral salary, this happens to save him £28,000.