MPs hardly have a great track record of selecting suitable candidates – and the current system allows for coronations when needed.
The current system, drawn up by a shellshocked party after 1997, encourages the self-destructive behaviour we have seen.
My advice is to unite around a candidate who’s likeable, conservative and comes across to the public. That’s Badenoch.
I’m haunted by the prospect of an inexperienced candidate making it to Downing Street with the Party’s most experienced people having backed another.