Yes Bertie, that is correct, Theresa May has been forced to stand down as leader of the Conservative party, and the process of electing her successor, who will be our new Prime Minister, begins this week.
You know what, Gail? I have a theory about why Mrs May failed as PM.
(Gail groans silently.) Er, do tell me Bertie.
Well, it seems to me that it would all have gone so much better if she had a dog. After all, Winston Churchill (who needs no introduction) was well known to adore his poodle Rufus. Clement Attlee, whose government founded the NHS and the welfare state, was also a dog lover. Awesome achievers, both PMs. So I'm thinking, which of the many contenders for the Tory leadership is particularly fond of pups? Surely that would be a promising sign?
|Churchill and Rufus|
|Clement Attlee and Ting|
So anyway, I've researched the issue thoroughly, it seems to me the best choice would be either Michael Gove (owner of Bichon Frise Snowy, whose name may or may not be a coded reference to Gove's recently admitted history of cocaine use) or Rory Stewart, who adopted a dog, Babur, when he walked across Afghanistan, as described most movingly in his book, 'The Places in Between'. A book that you read and, I believe, enjoyed. Incidentally, both of these contenders are Scottish, and Michael Gove was even brought up in Aberdeen, surely a point in his favour?
|Michael Gove and Snowy|
|Rory Stewart and Babur|
Slight problem Bertie, only Members of Parliament and, ultimately, members of the Conservative party, get to vote for their leader, so neither you nor I qualify.
Oh, that's a shame Gail. Who do you think will win?
Bertie, the bad news is that it's almost certainly going to be Boris...
|Boris Johnson and twin..|