Oh, where’s all the Northern Irish news gone? This is kinda funny: a Tory continuation of the end of the pier show Labour’s been running for the general entertainment of the great British public… It’s that email that Mrs Gove sent to Mr Gove.
Very important that we focus on the individual obstacles and thoroughly overcome them before moving to the next. I really think Michael needs to have a Henry or a Beth with him for this morning’s crucial meetings.
“One simple message: you MUST have SPECIFIC from Boris OTHERWISE you cannot guarantee your support. The details can be worked out later on, but without that you have no leverage.
“Crucially, the membership will not have the necessary reassurance to back Boris, neither will Dacre/Murdoch, who instinctively dislike Boris but trust your ability enough to support a Boris Gove ticket.
“Do not concede any ground. Be your stubborn best.
Result: Now the Dacre Murdoch candidate is standing for leader, and Boris is rumoured to be considering stepping down.
Wonder how that happened…?
Gosh: just a day after a 'accidently leaked' email which discredited Boris, Gove announces bid. Well I never.
— David Allen Green (@davidallengreen) June 30, 2016
Updated: And, he’s gone.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty