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It doesn't end well.
Remember that in the Westminster bubble, 'Nudge' is considered a work of profound political philosophy: and for being an afficianado of said inane book George Osborne was considered wise beyond his years. The bar for genius in that parish is set very low.
(All the talk seems to be of how Gove stabbed Boris in the back. Might it not be that he put a gun to his head ..?)
I love reading the Labourites prosing on about how the Tory Party is in meltdown and that now is a time for capitalising on this (instead of what they are actually doing, viz mass self-immolation). Nope: the Tory Party, a very serious power-minded entity, is seriously about the business of Choosing A New Leader, a post which naturally attracts the toughest and most ambitious in the termite-nest. Might it be bloody? Yes. Will it be protracted? Not particularly. Will it end with everyone dead on the floor? Assuredly not.
Will the party re-unite to win the next election? Most probably. Because if it's done adroitly, (a) Tory deserters to UKIP will come back into the fold - quite quickly, in fact; and either (b) Labour will insist on opposing Brexit and be finally wiped out by UKIP or (c) Labour will do whatever it takes to win back its UKIP defectors, in which case ...
UPDATE: in the comments, our good friend Kev asks: Do we allow cartoonists to influence which leaders we choose?
What a great essay title! Beware, you may get the essay ...