Former PPS throws the punches for Boris Johnson as usual hitmen lie low
Where did Ben Wallace and Jake Berry go?
When Boris Johnson and Michael Gove fell out over the 2016 Tory leadership race, good pals of Johnson did not hold back on the attacks.
The former foreign secretary's closest ally Ben Wallace threatened to ensure that Gove suffered the same fate as a Game of Thrones character who was locked in a dungeon and castrated. He said of Gove: "He is actually Theon Greyjoy or will be by the time I am finished with him."
Meanwhile another key supporter of a Johnson leadership bid, Jake Berry, took to Twitter to declare that "there is a very deep pit in Hell" for people like Gove.
But with Johnson in the wars again in 2108 over his comments about the burka, where are Wallace and Berry?
Alas, the pair appear to have decided to stay out of the fray this time around. Rather than taking to social media to destroy Johnson's opponents, Berry has been recently tweeting about the GB High Street Awards. And Wallace has only highlighted the tale of a Spanish photojournalist who met two men accused of holding him hostage in Syria.
So it has fallen to Johnson’s former PPS Conor Burns to take aim at his colleagues instead.
Stepping up the plate, Burns wondered whether Johnson’s opponents could possibly have another agenda... such as stopping him from becoming Tory leader.
He then accused them of being in "full bandwagon jumping territory" and suggested that some Tory MPs had not even read the piece they were "desperate" to distance themselves from.
What a pro!