When Liz Truss gave the keynote speech at the launch of new Conservative think tank Freer, one attendee mused to Mr S that they ‘couldn’t help but wonder whether I was actually attending Truss’s leadership launch’.
But if Truss is seen to be on manoeuvres as a result, then Michael Gove must be the on steroids version. The Environment Secretary is down to launch not one but two new Conservative think tanks. After taking on a role with Freer, Gove is now scheduled to give addresses at the launch next month of both the Centre for Policy Studies’ New Generation project and former No 10-er Will Tanner’s Onward.
As Tim Shipman joked at the WPI Strategy spring party last night, perhaps one of the first research projects could be along the lines of: ‘if you stabbed a colleague in the back, will your colleagues ever forgive you?’
Watch this space.