Boris Johnson. He might look and act like a monumental buffoon, but that's exactly what it is; an act.
The news that Boris Johnson won't be seeking election as the next leader of the Conservative party and Prime Minister of the country comes as no surprise to me. Since the EU referendum result last week it became increasingly clear that no one in the Leave campaign that Boris was the figurehead of, actually envisaged being the winning team. How else can you explain the lack of any clear plan ready to be put in place?
Equally, it's become clear that Boris didn't even want the country to leave the EU in the first place. His whole motivation here was to flex his muscles against his old Bullingdon Club mate David Cameron to show the party that he had what it took to be the next PM. His plan of action seemed to be to lead the Leave campaign and then, when the campaign failed (as he presumed it would) to rely on the sour feelings of the Tory MP's around Cameron to stage a coup in much the same way Labour are now doing against Jeremy Corbyn. The result - Cameron out, Boris in and the whole of the UK (a country still aligned to the EU) at his disposal.
Boris is a canny political player. Like George Osborne, who has also ruled himself out of the race, BoJo knows that to become the PM now of a deeply divided country in the midst of a constitutional crisis that can only get worse is nothing more than a poisoned chalice. After all, who in their right mind would want to be the PM responsible for the break up of the United Kingdom? Who on earth would be so arrogant and stupid enough to actually want their legacy to be the loss of Scotland, Northern Ireland, hell even Gibraltar?
Oh yeah, Michael Gove and Theresa May. That's who.
Heaven help us.