Michael Gove is ‘the man to watch’, says Boris Johnson’s ex-spin chief

Written by David Singleton on 7 February 2018 in Diary

Will Walden appeared to agree that Johnson has not “got the balls” to seize the Tory crown.

When Boris Johnson’s former chief of staff appeared on Sky News this morning, he didn’t exactly go out of his way to defend the honour of his old boss.

Will Walden enjoyed a lively discussion about the state of the Tory party with former David Cameron spinner Giles Kenningham as the pair appeared on All Out Politics with Adam Boulton.

Before declaring that May needed to up her game, Kenningham had some choice words about Johnson:

“Quite frankly no-one’s got the balls to strike now. I think with Boris, if he’s going to go then go now. He keeps marching people up to the top of the hill and then marching them down again and he’s in danger of becoming the Tories’ David Miliband.”

To which Walden - who also served as Johnson’s director of communications at City Hall and is now at lobbying firm Edelman - responded:

“It’s going to be a boring discussion Adam, because I agree entirely with Giles.”



Later on, Kenningham returned to Johnson’s inability to seize the crown, saying:

“I think his window’s now. It’s go or bust. And quite frankly it doesn’t look like he’s got the balls at the moment.”

Walden then insisted that his old boss might still have a slim chance.  But he suggested his money was now on the man who famously stabbed Johnson in the back last year.

“I don’t agree that it’s go or bust now. There’s a number of contenders, there’s a number of hurdles for many of them. I think perhaps Michael Gove’s the man to watch at the moment.”




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