Susy Roberts, 28th June 2016
When David Cameron announced his decision to step down before the last election, I predicted just how difficult it would be for him to fend off his potential successors once he named them, in how not to run a succession plan.
Not only did Boris Johnson, his biggest opponent, seize the first opportunity that came along to topple him (turning the referendum into a ‘schoolboy scrap’ for the Tory leadership), but Theresa May’s support remained unforthcoming throughout the campaign.
George Osborne, whilst seemingly in support of the PM, argued so strongly for a Remain vote – threatening anyone who wanted to leave with a ‘punishment budget’ – that he ended up doing more to deter voters than he did to win the day.
Unfortunately for Boris, even though the result is that a teary-eyed Cameron was forced to announce his resignation, just one year after winning a confident majority, the immediate and severe economic fallout means any plans to move into number 10 are now far from certain.