He’s recently been in the news for laying into Gary Neville, which will have done his cause no harm at all.
But can he induce the backbenchers who applauded his victory to refrain from civil war?
“It’s certainly not a circumstance that I would wish to see,” says the Chairman of the 1922 Committee
It occurred to me that any Tory who did not wish to indicate a preference in this race could self-declare as a Desultory.
A panel assembled by Policy Exchange addressed the question, “Conservatism: What Do We Want From The Next Prime Minister?”
An atmosphere of hysterical light-headedness prevailed in the Committee Corridor. The stakes were so high, and so little could be done.
“She’s the mermaid on the front of the Titanic,” one MP remarked. He would not say who he was supporting, but evidently not Mordaunt..
The Director of the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit on his four tests for new Government policies – and moving on from the confidence vote.
Our findings and theirs are in the same territory even allowing for six months’ or so difference. There is no decisive view on who any replacement should be.
Some of the Tory tribe still drummed their desks in support of their chief: others stood in sombre silence having just assaulted him.
He is a Gulliver tied down by Lilluputian ropes. The figures scampering about his mighty frame grow bolder – tweaking a cord here, tighening a knot there.
These moves are like those of a boxer who throws his arms round his opponent in an attempt to save himself from a knock-out blow.
Almost a fifth of respondents protested by either abstaining or writing in for Johnson.