In a move to improve the Tory image, senior Conservatives are preparing the ground for Boris Johnson to take over from David Cameron whether he remains London Mayor or not.
'This will get us away from the Toff image of priveliged public school twits which we have to bear now' said Sir Frederick Bending-Creep, emerging from the inner recesses of a Tory think tank looking very unhappy.
'Let's face it' said Bending-Creep 'if Cameron can't see off that Miliband feller he can't be expected to get our support any longer. Boris is our man. He will give the Tories a great fillip.'
Boris is keeping quiet about the move. However he told us that after he has seen off Red Ken he will be ready for Red Ed. His bluff happy style is thought to be just what the Tories need. 'I could make a recession sound like a public holiday' he claimed.
A bye-election is being organised with several back benchers ready to fall on their swords, given a good push. The trouble is finding a constituency that is safe. But Boris is willing to go anywhere: 'With my charm I could win over Barnsley' he boasted.