On Sunday night, over a cup of tea – nothing stronger for this Peloton-riding teetotaller – Rishi Sunak was deep in talks with Boris Johnson.
The two most powerful men in the country were discussing plans to help families deal with soaring fuel prices, a crisis set to worsen in the weeks ahead. The mood, someone with knowledge of the meeting tells me, was warm and convivial – not least because opinion polls were then showing the Tories closing in on Labour’s lead.
Boris and Rishi have enjoyed a healthy working relationship. But now their bonhomie has cooled.
Boris and Rishi have enjoyed a healthy working relationship. But now their bonhomie has cooled
Could it be that Dominic Cummings, Boris’s maverick ex-consigliere – who was sacked in 2020 after losing a power struggle with Carrie – is acting as an unlicensed and anonymous ‘attack dog’ for the Chancellor?
When details emerged on Monday of Downing Street’s now-infamous ‘bring your own booze’…