But some issues have been off-limits, such as Mr. Johnson’s judgment, lifestyle and suitability for the job. Not only has Mr. Hunt said that he hopes to remain in the cabinet if Mr. Johnson wins, but raising such points would also most likely be viewed by the party faithful as disloyal.
Mr. Hunt has not been the only one to bring a dull knife to the fight. Without naming names, Mr. Major decried the way that “some of the candidates who have been eliminated seem to have changed their position in order to join up with one candidate or the other.”
Mr. Major might have been thinking of the health secretary, Matt Hancock, who initially castigated Mr. Johnson for avoiding news media scrutiny, decried his apparent lack of concern for the business community and said that a no-deal Brexit was “not a policy choice available to the next prime minister.”
Now, Mr. Hancock supports Mr. Johnson and argues that no option should be ruled out, including that of bypassing Parliament to secure a no-deal exit.
That reflects the reality that, despite the weeks of campaigning, Mr. Johnson’s victory has been assumed almost from the start.
And one aspect of the contest echoes back down the decades to the events of 1963. Then, all but one of the “magic circle” that selected the new Conservative Party leader had attended the famous British private school, Eton College, as had the man they chose, Alec Douglas-Home.
Eton is also the alma mater of this year’s favorite, Mr. Johnson.
Nothing ‘Magic’ About the Flawed Contest to Become U.K. Prime Minister – The New York Times