The former Business Secretary is better placed to inherit the former Prime Minister’s old role as the teller of Tory verities – if he doesn’t want the job himself, of course.
However, the former Culture Secretary insists her “only message to anyone is to support Liz”.
The Prime Minister’s score is still dire: he is back in positive ratings, but not by very much. Though a substantial minority of the panel want him on the leadership election ballot and/or would vote for him had they the option, a larger majority of it does not.
The PM showed how good it feels to be alive after dodging the attempt by 148 of his own followers to push him under a bus.
A pattern is beginning to form below the Defence Secretary, with Truss, Zahawi and Trevelyan coming in variously at second, third and fourth.
It is hard to see how he will manage to reconcile freedom of speech on the internet with the requirement to prevent legal but harmful content.
Meanwhile, Johnson is out of negative ratings for the first time in three months – and in comparative mid-table safety.
The Online Safety Bill is a welcome start but given the huge range of issues it covers, is it too unwieldy?
We need a systematic approach to sanctions – though not one mandated by the Government.
Despite ministers’ reassurances and some improvements, the Bill’s safeguards for free speech online are insufficient.
Watch in particular for interaction between Ukrainian refugees and small boats as the year lengthens.
Besides, many resent being legally coerced into funding a service whose worldview is completely at odds with their own.
Johnson is still in negative ratings, though less so, and Sunak’s score is at its lowest since he became Chancellor.
Ministers will be on much surer ground if they justify change on the basis of social habits.