The hour is coming, the woman is coming.
Or rather women – three of the leading Tories to replace the Prime Minister are Liz Truss, Priti Patel and Penny Mordaunt.
Either of these would be exactly what we need now to sweep away the macho culture that has taken over Downing Street.
Boris Johnson has achieved a lot in three years in No 10, ending the Brexit deadlock, overseeing the roll-out of our world-beating Covid vaccines and leading Western support for Ukraine.
But the boosterism that everyone fell in love with also came with a side of bluffing and boisterousness.
The Boris administration has lurched from scandal to scandal and failed to deal with accusations of sleaze.
That’s why I believe a female PM would be the perfect antidote.
It’s hard to see any of the women now being touted as the next Tory leader protecting fumblers – or colleagues who have broken lobbying rules.
And we know that women are better in times of turmoil. Level thinking and collective leadership are exactly what we need to combat the cost of living crisis, which looks set to get even tougher this winter.
The Conservative Party has a good record with older women at the top – we produced both of our country’s only female Prime Ministers – the late Margaret Thatcher and then Theresa May.
Now we could get a third before Labor manages to elect its first female leader.
And just look at the current government, where Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and Home Secretary Priti Patel hold two of the great offices of state.
These trailblazing women have proven that they can do their jobs just as well as men, even while juggling the responsibilities of motherhood.
Attorney-General Suella Braverman and former equalities minister Kemi Badenoch, who are also running for the Tory leadership, are also mums.
So all of these women are master jugglers – and in my eyes, all the more impressive.
While I’d love any of the women to get the top spot, Liz Truss has my vote.
As Foreign Secretary, she did what all the men before her failed to do, securing the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe after six years of detention in Iran – a remarkable achievement. She was also tough on Russia and negotiated key post-Brexit trade deals in her previous role as international trade secretary.
Liz once told me that while she understands that there are battles in life, you can’t fight them all. But she likes a good brak and isn’t afraid to stand up for herself and her beliefs.
And she believes in low taxes. I have no doubt that she would try to give this country a better future.
Then there is the business secretary, Penny Mordaunt, who is a radically different character. She has a knack for show business – she was once a magician’s assistant, not to mention appearing on television in a swimsuit on the celebrity diving show Splash!.
She was once voted the sexiest British MP. But it would be a mistake to underestimate her. In 2019, she became the UK’s first ever Defense Secretary, and as Business Secretary, she has excelled in the control room. He ticks all the boxes for leadership with his tough, no-nonsense style.
This is similar to Priti who is said to be considering tilting at No.10.
She is sometimes criticized for being cold and reserved. But that annoys me. How often is this directed at a male politician?
Talk of Liz, Priti and Penny’s leadership credentials had been swirling in the corridors of power for months.
However, this week candidates Suella and Kemi threw their hat in the ring.
Both are exciting prospects.
Suelle is said to have “iron determination and authenticity”.
Her parents are from Mauritius and Kenya, and she says that when they moved to the UK in the 1960s, it gave her family hope, security and opportunity.
Suella is somewhat of an outsider in the leadership race, but has a passion for Brexit and an aversion to “woke nonsense” – which I like.
I know Kemi the least of all the women in the squad.
Rising star Tory is probably another outsider, but she has spirit and is said to “cross the road to fight”.
I quite like that about a person.
But the truth is, all these women are admirable. They all love what they do and are excellent politicians.
Thatcher once said: “I owe nothing to Women’s Lib.” Perhaps she meant that she did not owe her success to being a woman. I wouldn’t be too sure about that though.
If the next Tory leader is a woman, it can only be good news.
Kim’s bad cover
I HAD to laugh at the pictures of Kim Kardashian leaving the Balenciaga Couture dinner in Paris in a black sequin dress. . . and a black mask that covered her entire face.
Do you think someone was killing her and telling her that this is the height of fashion?
It looks ridiculous.
But I have a theory. Maybe she was having one of those days where she just couldn’t be bothered to put on makeup.
Actually, come to think of it, maybe I need one of those in my life.
I LOVE the fact that Beatle Ringo Starr, 82, and wife Barbara Bach, 74, have been married for more than four decades.
It’s actually the opposite of rock ‘n’ roll, isn’t it?
But in the pictures below of the couple celebrating his 82nd birthday, they look so happy – and 20 years their junior too.
I think this is the power of true love and happiness for you.
Good to love again
At the end of her life, actress Helen McCrory told husband Damian Lewis that she wanted him to find love again.
She told him and their two children: “I want dad to have girlfriends, lots of them, you all have to love again, love isn’t possessive, but you know, Damian, at least try to get through the funeral without bothering anyone. .”
Now, 14 months after losing his beloved wife to breast cancer, Damian has confirmed his romance with singer Alison Mosshart.
The couple have been seen together several times over the past few weeks, including last week at The House of KOKO private club summer party.
I met Helena once and found her to be highly intelligent, creative, passionate and talented, so I am not surprised that she wanted her husband to be as happy with each new partner as he was with her.
I’m glad you found someone.
After such a harrowing time, he deserves it.
THE DEMO IS WITHOUT ART
I FIND it hard to sympathize with the climate protestors glued to the frame of a 19th-century painting at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery.
The women of the Just Stop Oil group claimed they had no intention of damaging the painting itself, but refused to move until they were finally apprehended by the police.
In London, another group of protesters targeted a copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper at the Royal Academy of Arts.
I know the purpose of protests like this is to raise awareness and cause a stir, but it will undoubtedly end up in fines or even jail time.
The best punishment would be to leave them in the gallery.
A few days without food, water or toilet breaks would teach them a lesson they will never forget.
No son shone for Joe
FLOATING in a tank of sensory deprivation, Hunter Biden was supposed to be detoxing from his destructive ways.
Instead, the son of Joe, the President of the United States, filmed himself apparently smoking drugs and making out.
There’s something so tragic about the footage, all the more so because the program is funded by his ever-hopeful father.
Joe refuses to give up on his son and despite all the years of disappointment, transfers £60,000 to pay for his treatment.
Hunter’s wild, blank stare into the camera is especially heartbreaking and must be excruciating for his father.
It must be devastating for any parent—whether you’re the president or the postman—to see your child this way.
The bottom line is that it’s hard to know how to help someone who is determined to destroy their own life.
But of course hope springs eternal.
In text messages, Joe tells his son, “Proud of you. Hold on to it. Everything else will be resolved. Love dad.”
She supports him tirelessly and clearly hopes he recovers.
The stress of having a child with an addiction must be immense.