|Shock of Heir|
Well over the past week or so there has been an otherwise inexplicable number of pieces musing over whether Osborne's blown it already / has whipped in enough craven careerist Tory MPs to get the Big Prize / will be brought down by his unattractive personal flaws / resembles Gordon Brown circa 2005 too much for his own good etc etc.
These 'coincidences' usually mean someone's been dining the journos intensively. Is May on manoeuvres? Boris been briefing? A sneaky strategem from Camp Corbyn? Has it been George himself calling in the layabouts of the Lobby for a cosy tea + crumpets, but it's all gone a bit wrong (which wouldn't be unknown)? Things can turn, then turn about again very quickly in politics, and Osborne holds a lot of very powerful levers in his ambitious paws. Then again, the pack loves a chase; and when the smell of blood's in the air ...
Here at C@W we have an ambivalent outlook on the Boy Genius, admiring his tactical nous (in a student-politics kind of way) and willingness to think the game through: but pretty sceptical of his judgement on matters of substance (Hinkley - need I say more?). There is just so much scope for 'events' between now and Dave's departure ... a short Osborne position looks to be a good bet just now.