As far as we know, no Conservative MP has called for Robert Jenrick to quit. And he has no gang of internal, ideological foes waiting to pounce. Furthermore, the signal from Downing Street has been that Boris Johnson does not want to hand his media foes and others a scalp.
So we are surprised by this finding, which shows that, admittedly by a margin of only a point, our panel of Party members believes that Jenrick should go. (At the best part of 20 per cent, the don’t knows are high.)
Whether they believe he should walk because he’s acted wrongly, or simply think that the planning controversy in which he’s become embroiled is bad for the Government isn’t clear.
Interestingly, while a plurality concludes that he should resign, it don’t also find that Boris Johnson should dismiss him. By 45 per cent to 32 per cent, the panel concludes that the Prime Minister shouldn’t. Though that 32 per cent is roughly a third of respondents.
Rightly or wrongly, we read the panel members as saying: “Jenrick should quit, but if he won’t the Prime Minister shouldn’t have to go through all the bother of sacking him.”