By the time you read this, it will probably be out of date.
I finished work this evening, turned the TV on, and thought I’d have a quick look to see if there had been any developments today, following Sajid Javid and Rishi Sunak’s resignation from the cabinet last night.
Has there ever! As a livestream of the #CrimeMinister appearing in front of the Liasions Committee appeared on my screen – investigating what he knew about allegations of sexual impropriety against MP Chris Pincher before he appointed him Deputy Chief Whip, which had gone from “I didn’t know anything”, to “I knew about some unfounded rumours” to “I knew about the allegations” in the space of a few days – there in the corner of my screen was the sub-heading Govt. Resignations: 35 MPs (and in the time it has taken me to write that paragraph, it has gone up to 36).
On top of that, there was mention of a group of Tory MPs – several cabinet ministers amongst them, including the two who were promoted only yesterday to replace the outgoing Javid and Sunak – waiting to greet him on his return to Downing Street, and once they finished greeting him, they intended to suggest to him that it is time to resign.
Suprisingly, Priti Patel was rumoured to be one of them, and as footage continued, Grant Shapps was also seen entering the building. Presumably, he and his many alter-egos having a word will count as three times as weighty.
At the same time, a meeting of the 1922 Committee were meeting to discuss changing the party rules so that he may face a second vote of confidence, which he currently cannot do until 12 months after the date of the one that he recently survived.
Things are moving fast, this could be it.
But, as I have said before, be careful for what you wish for.
Because if you think that any of these MPs and cabinet ministers now resigning and calling for the head of de Pfeffel on a spike are doing this because they have the country’s best interests at hearts, then ask yourselves this: why are they only doing this now? It’s been blatantly obvious for months he was not fit for the position (and much I hate to say I told you so (I don’t), but I said this before he became party leader and PM).
Well, frankly, this is happening now because of their own self-interest. They’ve finally twigged how unpopular he is throughout the country and want to disassociate themselves before their own reputations are harmed.
And some are clearly manoeuvring themselves into a position to replace him. If he goes – and I’m sure he won’t go unless he absolutely has to – then think about who is likely to replace him. It’s going to be Pob tribute act Gove, isn’t it? Is that any better…?
Or, as Half Man Half Biscuit once put it: