This is not, obviously enough, what Heidi Allen – oh come on, you know her, umm, sure we all do, head of, umm, no, leader, of Chukka United, umm, maybe, well, Change UK then? – actually says but it is what she means, that she’d like Boris Johnson to become Prime Minister:[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Brexit: Boris Johnson becoming prime minister would make Tory MPs defect to Change UK party, its leader says[/perfectpullquote]
A reasonable guide to being a nonentity is when the headline writers don’t use your name but your job or position. They don’t think anyone will recognise the name, d’ye see?[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] Boris Johnson taking over at No 10 would be “the end of the road” for several Conservative MPs who would defect to the new centrist Change UK party, its leader says. Heidi Allen, a former Conservative, predicted “a number” of her former colleagues would follow her across the Commons if the arch-Brexiteer – or someone like him – succeeded Theresa May as prime minister. [/perfectpullquote]
This is, of course, being painted as a warning:[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] “If the party actively chooses someone like Boris Johnson, or whoever it might be, then that will tell them, I think, that the game really is over,” she said. “I think that would potentially be the end of the road for a number of Tory MPs.” [/perfectpullquote]
It’s a warning in the Br’er Rabbit sense. Boris getting the nod being that briar patch. For which leader of a political party doesn’t want to have more MPs under their command? Who knows, she might gain enough influence that we’d begin to recognise her name.