Jeremy Corbyn and David Cameron won’t face each other in 2020 – but who will fall first?
This is not the only electoral parallel between the two men. In 2015, both achieved remarkable and unanticipated victories. Cameron won a parliamentary majority, an outcome he thought so improbable that he had not prepared a speech. Corbyn became Labour leader but it was a result he originally neither wanted nor expected. “Now we need to make sure I don’t win,” he had told supporters after he made the ballot.
Less than a year after their triumphs, both men’s crowns rest uneasily. As a result of Cameron’s pre-resignation last March, the pair will not face each other at a general election. The only question is: which of them will fall first?