The latest signs that Boris Johnson, the former mayor of London, is limping in his stab at the leadership of the Conservative Party indicate that Rishi Sunak, the 38-year-old MP from Middlesex, may be fast-emerging as the man of the moment.
It was Mr. Sunak who in July demanded that the prime minister make changes to the Conservative manifesto if she wanted to win a general election. It was he who had taken a charge of his party from within — excluding the hard-core Conservatives who support Leave.
And on Friday, he questioned the use of new grammar schools when he spoke at the Conservative Home Progress conference, and pointed out that he is the son of a government engineer who came to the country from India in 1950, and whose mother dropped out of school at 14.
Mr. Sunak had also spent a year in David Cameron’s cabinet, and he is also well-liked among Tory MPs. If Mr. Johnson keeps bumbling along, he may well decide to quit and join one of the Brexiteers in the Conservative back benches.
After addressing that conference, he went out on a goose chase, which led back to London. The most successful people are those who are fit to run and they also know how to work their way through a problem.