All three PMs did about as well as anyone could in the circumstances, and all three, so far as one can see, are doomed.
He wrote Cameron’s “Hug a Hoody” speech, and during the Barnard Castle affair leapt to the defence of Cummings.
Profile: George Galloway, who “is going to vote for Beelzebub, I’m going to vote for a Scottish Tory”
This old-style socialist turns out to be much more of a small-c conservative than his many critics are willing to admit.
Profile: Tony Blair. Zealous, unrepentant and driven – the leader who took us to war in Iraq is reborn as our saviour from the pandemic.
It is hard to find any precedent for the path that he has chosen. What furies drive him? Why this frantic activity?
When his family fell on hard times, education made the difference. Were there to be a vacancy in that department, he would be an obvious candidate.
Profile: Ben Wallace, one of Johnson’s Long Marchers, and a traditional but also irreverent Defence Secretary
Here is a politician educated at Sandhurst and on active service with the Scots Guards in Northern Ireland, not by reading PPE at Oxford.
Profile. Kwarteng Unchained. The rise, wobble and rise of the big, bold, bright new Business Secretary
As soon as the emphasis shifts from surviving the pandemic to reviving the economy, he will become a key figure.
Profile: Carrie Symonds, experienced Tory adviser turned Prime Ministerial consort – loyal to her friends, detested by her enemies
She may appear to present a softer target than he does, but she has never been afraid of fighting her corner.
With her odd mixture of indiscretion and obedience, her contempt for liberal groupthink and love of freedom, she in many ways a useful ally.
Profile: Graham Brady, who played a quiet part in deposing May, and now keeps a watchful eye on Johnson
The Chairman of the 1922 Committee’s Executive is an enemy of rule by decree and a stern upholder of parliamentary scrutiny
Profile: Erin O’Toole, the genial and reassuringly dull Conservative who could soon be Prime Minister of Canada
O’Toole is a strong supporter of CANZUK, the projected alliance of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Profile: York – and its potential role as Parliament’s new home, a Johnson joke which could become serious
Hoyle and Fowler are deeply opposed to the move, but Labour voters in the North of England like the sound of it.
He has demonstrated prodigious powers of endurance, keeping going through storms of criticism which would have driven many a lesser figure out of politics.
Profile: Olive, sorry, Oliver Dowden, saviour of the arts, bedrock insider – and unknown to the public
Few people understand better than the Culture Secretary how the government machine works, or fails to work.
Profile: Ben Elliot, Co-Chairman of the Party, under fire for the seating plan which put Jenrick next to Desmond
This Johnson ally, who runs the party on the PM’s behalf, has two modes, charming and angry, and is a more serious figure than he looks.