Tom, from Essex, told Jeremy Vine he believed the Prime Minister is “writing and publishing” his plot to dominate politics for the next five years as answered the question “Has Boris Johnson lost the plot?”. He said: “Boris hasn’t lost the plot. He’s writing the plot. He’s publishing the plot and he’s executing the plot. He’s becoming the auto-correct, he’s like a 17th century ruling by divine right.
“He wants to be king, he’s now king in everything but name.”
He added: “He’s been decisive but I don’t like him, Jeremy. For this reason: I want all his Cabinet to be people of rank who can come through the political system for the future.
“I don’t want Boris to be the only figure that comes through.
“I want a country that comprises of many, many talents. Not just the one.”
The Prime Minister’s reshuffle was dominated by Sajid Javid’s decision to quit Mr Johnson’s top team after he was ordered to fire his closest aides and replace them with advisers chosen by Number 10.
Mr Javid accused the Prime Minister of setting conditions “any self-respecting minister” would reject – seen as a thinly veiled swipe at his successor, Rishi Sunak.
But Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said Mr Johnson was the sole person in charge of shaping how his top tier of ministers functioned.
“The Prime Minister is very much in charge. He chooses the top team and how they are structured,” he told BBC Breakfast.
“We in Government are completely focused on getting things done, delivering on the priorities of the public – not on special advisers or how Government is run internally.”
He denied that Mr Sunak would be Mr Johnson’s “puppet” after acceding to his demand for more control, calling his colleague “one of the most talented people in politics today”.
Mr Sunak smiled at photographers as he entered Downing Street for the Cabinet meeting at 10.30am but did not take questions from reporters.
His bombshell resignation – less than a month before the Budget – followed an escalation in tensions between the ex-chancellor and the Prime Minister’s chief adviser, Dominic Cummings
In August, Mr Cummings fired Mr Javid’s aide, Sonia Khan, and it appeared Number 10 wanted to go further in keeping a close eye on him, a move that had been preceded by Treasury briefings to the press about his support for HS2 and talk of a mansion tax in the forthcoming Budget.
Ex-staff and colleagues of the former home secretary said he had little choice but to resign following Number 10’s tightening of the reins.
Salma Shah, a former aide to Mr Javid, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that not being able to choose his own political advisers would have been “incredibly detrimental to his decision-making power” in office.