Suella Braverman has been accused of daring No 10 to sack her with provocative comments designed to cement her position as the rightwing frontrunner to succeed Rishi Sunak as Conservative leader. Former ministers and Tory insiders claim that the home secretary is deliberately making unauthorised statements on homelessness, demonstrations and multiculturalism to woo the party’s hard-right base.
That anyone could consider her statements as 'hard right' shows just how far the Tory Party has drifted to the soft left under Johnson, May, and Sunak.
In fact, this is less a criticism of Braverman, as they claim, than of the weak PM they Tories installed...
One former minister told the Guardian: “It is as if she wants to be fired so she can get on with a leadership bid … If she is tied to the government for too long, she will have to carry some of the blame for Rishi’s failure – and few people think he will win a general election outright.”
They are almost certainly right.
Another former Tory frontbencher said Braverman’s decision to make statements that have not been signed off by No 10 shows that Sunak is weak.
I wonder if that same frontbencher voted him in, and is now regretting it?