Timbo wrote: ↑
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:53 am
Am I alone in thinking this whole thing has been contrived to make sure he stays the leading topic of candidate-based public conversation? He's clearly the Murdoch candidate, and has an excellent knowledge of how to play the press game.
Yes, but you have to go full Machiavelli to understand what might or might not be afoot; Gove is being hung out to dry - I am not going to go in to the merits or otherwise of this - but Johnson's many admissions over the years have barely touched the sides.
Why that should be is open to speculation. Some might suggest that, if Charlie was to hole the good ship Boris, he could take a fair chunk of the Bullingdon mob with him and, by both implication and extension, a raft of other senior Cameron-era figures as well as one or several BBC types for whom, unlike their press counterparts, there is no great culture of omertà. Thing is, they are either expendable or yesterday's people. And that's pivotal.
If I was a betting man, which I am not, I would posit that there is every likelihood of a seriously nasty storm on the horizon and with Johnson at its eye.
Illegitimate children, whoring-a-plenty, scorned wives. Indeed, hell hath no fury. Paradoxically, every moment that the pressure is withheld from Johnson, the more it builds and the greater the likelihood of a game-changing deluge.
On one hand, and if that storm doesn't break, oh well, there was nothing to worry about. On the other, and if it does go Vesuvius Maximus (as Johnson might put it), he can be pilloried for a fortnight and then left to nurse the inevitable book deal, while Gove is ushered in to Number Ten.
Gove will be in the clear by then. A couple of uncorroborated lines up his beak will be seen as a minor transgression.
I am probably overthinking this. The Spain - Sweden game is a bit dull.