George Osborne is not really liked by the public and it’s unlikely he would be the next Tory leader says the former editor of Conservative Home in an article today for CapX.
Tim Montgomerie goes on to say that it’s likely Osborne won’t even run as leader, adding:
“don’t be surprised if Mr Osborne chooses to become the campaign manager for someone else rather than run himself.”
But even more cutting were the Chancellor’s own allies.
Yesterday on the Andrew Marr show, protege Sajid Javid admitted the Google tax deal was “not a glorious moment”, directly contradicting his former boss.
But the worst criticism came late last week.
One senior minister, described as a former ally of Osborne, told the Sun:
“It’s like Ed Miliband and the ‘weird’ thing – people look at him and they don’t like him, they’re not even sure why.
“There are also question marks as to whether he’d be any good. It’s like the Tony Blair/Gordon Brown thing.
That’s a big fall in grace for someone who topped the ConHome leadership poll just a few months ago.