Is Boris buying off his biggest rival?
BORIS Johnson’s belated plea to his colleagues to concentrate on ‘chucking Chequers, not Theresa May’ has raised eyebrows within the Cabinet.
‘He’s already been trying to cut deals with people,’ a Minister confides. ‘He’s been putting out feelers to Sajid Javid offering him the Treasury.’
Another colleague detects an even darker strategy. ‘We’ve had burkas and suicide bombers. And his closest rival is the most high-profile Muslim in the Conservative Party.’ Friends of the former Foreign Secretary angrily refute the suggestion.
‘Dumping Chequers is the only thing he’s interested in,’ one says. ‘People have got hung up on a couple of comments. On burkas he was actually defending the right of people to choose.
‘And no one complained when David Cameron said Brexit would put a bomb under the UK economy. Boris and Sajid get on very well.’ For now.