Hunt seems to be trying to take member votes off Johnson by sounding more and more like him on Brexit. I'm not sure that is a winning strategy.
Actually, I think Hunt is being very clever here. He's established himself as someone with a personality, and somebody more reliable than Johnson, but his big minus is that he wasn't as Brexity as Johnson, so aping Johnson's strategy, but selling himself as the more reliable person to get a good deal seems a good plan. He'll probably still lose of course, but his strategy gives him the best shot.
I'm not sure his cunning plan of using no-deal brexit as a negotiating stance is a winning strategy either.
Well, renegotiation is probably all wish-fulfilment fantasy anyway (unless people really believe that it is a man's job to deal with the foreign chappies to get them to see things our way, and a woman just couldn't cut it) so Hunt's idea of 30th Sept to decide on no-deal might fool people into thinking his date is better than Johnson's 31st Oct date, because it's a month earlier!
In fact the more I hear from Hunt the more convinced I am that (since it can't be Gove) it has to be Johnson, especially if his premiership ends in a rapid election defeat and we can usher in Prime Minister Swinson.
I voted for "future PM Swinson" today. Having being the floatiest of floating voters all my adult life, I actually joined the LibDems shortly after the Brexit vote, just to give a bit of money and support to the only party clearly saying in 2016 that Brexit was a bad thing and wouldn't work out well for us (what amazing clairvoyance skills they had), though I certainly wouldn't say I'm a strident party activist. I saw the Davey v Swinson debate on Sky this morning where they both talked sense, but Swinson was more succinct and direct, with a bit of passion to her, and also more likely to appeal to the younger vote in the next General Election. Whichever of them wins, they'll be better people than the Conservative and Labour leaders in my view.
In the latest GE opinion polls (link attached) Conservatives are generally slightly ahead of Labour, but both Brexit Party and Lib Dems breathing down their necks.
Traditionally, minor parties fall away in support when it comes to the actual vote, but we live in interesting times, and it seems almost certain there'll be a GE with Brexit still undecided. My previous statement will probably hold true even if we don't have a GE until 2022!https://www.markpack.org.uk/155623/voti ... scorecard/