Professor Tim Bale, of Queen Mary University of London, said polling currently suggested people “no longer believe the Conservatives have the solutions to everyday problems”. He said there was very little to differentiate Sunak at present from the public perception of the Conservatives: “Really, it just looks like continuity Conservative government. I think generally speaking people do recognise now, after Johnson and all the plotting, that competence is not too bad a thing. But they could also get that from Keir Starmer."Professor Bale also wrote a letter to The Times on the similarities and differences between Rishi Sunak's election as Prime Minister and John Major's.