(ANSA) – LONDON, AUGUST 01 – “Dangerous, disturbing, shocking”, there are many words of full condemnation used by many conservative exponents against the image contained in a tweet, re-proposed by the Minister of Culture Nadine Dorries on her profile, in to which former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak appears about to stab Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the back. It is a photomontage taken from the 1953 film ‘Julius Caesar’, in which the former Minister of the Treasury plays the role of the conspirator Casca ready to attack a BoJo imagined as the famous leader and leader of ancient Rome. Dorries, who has ended up in the center of a media storm of criticism, is a staunch supporter of the outgoing prime minister and has sided with Foreign Minister Liz Truss in the race for Tory leadership and leadership of the government as a candidate for continuity.
Like other diehard Johnsonians, he accuses Sunak, the other contender in the final challenge, of treason for having unleashed the crisis in the executive and the fall of Boris with his resignation. Among the accusations that reached the owner of the Culture that of fueling violence after the cases of murdered deputies, such as the conservative David Amess stabbed last year. Dorries’ initiative, with respect to which he admitted only minimally to having exaggerated, is then completely counterproductive for Truss who is already sailing at full speed according to the polls towards a success in the correspondence vote of members (which opens this week ) and his increasingly probable appointment as the next leader of the majority party and premier. Meanwhile, Sunak attempts what appear desperate moves such as the proposal for a further tax cut, after the one on energy bills in recent days: for today the announcement of a relaunch on this front is expected, with the reduction of the base rate on income from 20% to 16%.