[Image: Simon Ellinas.]

[Image: Simon Ellinas.]

Oh, and Theresa May wants to be the UK’s second female prime minister.

That would be ironic, because it means the woman who said the Tories were the “nasty” party would then be in a position where we could all watch her doing absolutely nothing about it.

Gove’s candidacy shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, after the email that his wife, Sarah Vine, managed to send out to the public yesterday (June 29).

Previously tipped to back Boris Johnson’s leadership bid – possibly on a joint ticket – the email showed that there was no trust between the two Tories, and that Ms Vine believes the people hubby needs to impress are newspaper magnates Paul Dacre (Daily Mail) and Rupert Murdoch (The Sun, and multiple other right-wing rags/TV stations). The public don’t get a look-in.

In line with Ms Vine’s belief that Gove has a better profile with Dacre and Murdoch, he has dropped Johnson like a bad habit and opted to go it alone.

In a backstabbing speech, Gove said: “I have come, reluctantly, to the conclusion that Boris cannot provide the leadership or build the team for the task ahead … I have, therefore, decided to put my name forward for the leadership.”

Zelo Street blogger Tim Fenton reckons he won’t have the faintest idea what to do with the leadership if he gets it, having freeloaded his way to the candidacy without contributing anything to the country. He says this is consistent with Gove’s performance in the EU referendum.

The sad thing is, it’s also consistent with most of the rest of today’s Conservative Party.

Did David Cameron have any great ideas for the UK? No. He steered us into the biggest disaster in this country’s history.

With Michael Gove, we can expect more of the same.

Justice Secretary Michael Gove is to run to be the next Conservative Party leader and UK prime minister.

Mr Gove, a prominent figure in the Brexit campaign, had been expected to support Boris Johnson’s candidacy.

He said he was standing because he had come “to the conclusion that Boris cannot provide the leadership or build the team for the task ahead”.

Home Secretary Theresa May, who backed staying in the EU, has also entered the contest. Nominations close at noon.

The winner of the contest is set to be announced on 9 September.

Source: Michael Gove and Theresa May enter Conservative race – BBC News

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