I’m glad that Michael Gove has decided to put himself forward as a candidate to lead the Tory Party and fill the gap now that David Cameron has decided to resign as prime minister. The reason for my merriment is that it has forced Boris to renounce his bid to become prime minister and by so doing enhanced the chances of Theresa May who, I believe, is the best person available to lead and unite the Conservative Party at a crucial time for Britain.
Michael Gove has demeaned himself by playing second fiddle to Boris during the Brexit campaign and, in my view, rendered himself unsuitably placed to hold the most important political office in the land.
Those who voted to remain in the European Union feel very strongly that both he and Boris told many a porky in order to reach their objectives and divided Britain as never before, causing no end of mayhem in the process.
On the other hand, Theresa May who voted to remain acted in a dignified manner throughout the campaign and refused to be drawn to the level of those who fought mercilessly to convince the nation that the best course of action was to leave.
She is perhaps the most credible, with vast political experience, and the least controversial to negotiate a sensible agreement with the EU without rubbing people up the wrong way at a time when we need to be more tolerant and less combative.
The EU is here to stay despite the present upheaval within its ranks and we must endeavour to rectify any temporary harm our decision to leave might have engendered. For my part, Theresa May is my choice and I would willingly endorse her if I had the chance or the opportunity to do so. She might not be a Mrs Thatcher, but she is less intransigent and kinder too.