WILL he run? Will the blond bombshell grab the ball and save the Tory tribe from extinction?
Talk of Boris Johnson returning “in the national interest” electrified Westminster last night, and delighted the one-in-three party members who believe he should never have been ditched in the first place.
It also appalled the Tory high command desperate to keep BoJo out at any price.
“He has got all the big decisions right.”
But party grandees — the Men in Grey Suits — last night staged a ruthless stitch-up to block him.
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Candidates have to raise 100 votes by 2pm Monday just to reach the starting gate.
The clear hope is that only one, Rishi Sunak, will clear such a high bar.
The ex-Chancellor’s closest rival — new Chancellor Jeremy Hunt — stood aside, perhaps on a promise to keep his Treasury job.
So why not avoid a leadership bloodbath altogether and leave Rishi to be crowned as the unity candidate?
That will jar with BoJo loyalists who have not forgiven the millionaire ex-banker for knifing their champion.
Desperate for peace and quiet
Boris, who is enjoying himself and making a fortune on the U.S speaking circuit, will only run if he is certain of victory.
Support may be strong in the country where real election votes count, but in Westminster, the Remainers have never forgiven him for Brexit.
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Yet Rishi, too, has lost some of his big-spending Covid-era lustre.
But the party is desperate for a period of peace and quiet, if only to avoid a Labour landslide at the next election.
Almost anything would be better than the Truss nightmare.
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She should perhaps never have run in the first place. Certainly, she should never have been elected.
For the Tories, now split top to bottom, her rise to Prime Minister will go down as an act of political suicide.