To force out a leader, you must have a substitute ready. And that is the difficult task facing the Conservative Party, which is very aware of 2024: the date for which the next general elections are scheduled. For a long time, Treasury Minister Rishi Sunak was the heavy favorite. But he ended any chance after also being fined by Scotland Yard in the Partygate scandal and a controversy over the tax status of his wife, Indian nationalitywhich takes advantage of a millionaires clause that avoids having to pay taxes in the United Kingdom just at the precise moment in which the tax burden has increased for citizens.
In this sense, the press has again focused on Jeremy Hunt. The former head of Health was in second position in the 2019 primaries and yesterday he was tremendously critical of Boris Johnson assuring that he had to “vote for change”. In the historic referendum of 2016, he campaigned for permanence and although he later moved closer to the Eurosceptics, his critics referred to him as “May in pants”. But with Brexit now done, Hunt could be looking for a new opportunity. In his day he proved to be a figure who could unite the formation, since from the beginning of his campaign he had the support of heavyweights from both sides, such as the eurosceptic, Penny Mordaunt, and the pro-EU Amber Rudd.
Another applicant could be Ben Wallace, Minister of Defense, who has earned the respect of the grassroots for his performance in the war in Ukraine. For many he lacks charisma. But after Boris Johnson’s showman, perhaps what the Tory ranks are now looking for is a completely opposite point.