Several newspapers led on Sunday morning with the story that Theresa May’s position as leader of the Conservative Party was under threat, with the supporters of David Davis particularly keen to see her removed, possibly before the end of summer.
While Jeremy Corbyn is favourite in the Next Prime Minister betting – at 10/3 with Paddy Power, Davis is the leading Tory – at 5/1 with Coral. The Brexit Secretary is seen as the most likely candidate to unite the rival factions within his party and is rated a more serious challenger than “Soft Brexit” force Phillip Hammond – who is an 11/2 shot at Betfred.
The last week or so, however, has seen a series of articles – chiefly in the Daily Mail – championing the merits of Jacob Rees-Mogg, the MP for North East Somerset.
Quite how we got to a position where arch-Brexiteer Rees-Mogg, the very essence of the Establishment, the toff’s toff, could be characterised as the voice of the common Leave voting man is anybody’s guess, but here we are. And from 200/1 at Ladbrokes last September, he’s been backed in over recent days to best price 20/1 with Coral.
If it sounds implausible – and it really, really should – just remember which 250/1 shot is in the White House, and which 100/1 chance is now leading the Labour Party.