Boris Johnson also dumped by the loyal Tories for the holidays
Boris Johnson wobbles. Now seriously. The parties organized during the Covid-19 pandemic could interrupt the experience of driving the United Kingdom of the former journalist and former Mayor of London in advance. Also because it is no longer only the opposition that is asking for his resignation, but now it is also the majority itself led by Downing Street.
The dripping of news about the parties organized in England’s most famous street is creating turbulence that is difficult to control among the Tories. The latest news is that of organized receptions, always and strictly without following the anti-Covid rules, right on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral. To give up Johnson now there are also the loyalists, starting with Andrew Bridgen, Johnson’s trusted collaborator who has worked (successfully) to bring him to the helm of the government in 2019.
The faithful Bridgen distrusts Johnson: “Now resign, no more squalor”
Bridgen said she sent one letter of no confidence to the president of the parliamentary group leader of conservatives (the 1922 Committee). Johnson’s position is defined as “unsustainable” and Bridgen himself has said that there is a “moral vacuum at the heart of our government”. Adding: “I ask the prime minister to step down, there is still time to do the right thing. For years to come, Boris will be remembered for giving us the Brexit and driven through a pandemic, “he wrote again.
“His legacy shouldn’t be tied to squalor, but rather knowing when the time is right to leave the scene, ”concluded Bridgen. A bad blow for Johnson, who is literally seeing the ground collapse under his feet. And along with him also suffers from his “magic circle”, as for example James Slack, former director of communications at Johnson, and one of his personal photographers.
Boris Johnson close to resigning, Starmer’s Labor is hoping
While Boris gasps not to drown, the rush to his succession begins. Clearly there are Labor who are observing what is happening carefully, also because the party of Keir Starmer he relaunched after Jeremy Corbyn’s dark period, looking mainly towards the center and putting aside the left-winger approach of previous years. According to a YouGov survey published by the Times, i Labour they would have a ten-point advantage over the Tories.
It goes without saying that Labor is mouth watering, as it is since 2005 that they have not won the parliamentary elections and dream of returning to the polls. Meanwhile, the conservatives are looking for an internal name for the succession. The most popular names are two: the current foreign minister Liz Truss and the chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak.
The favorite for the succession is Liz Truss, Scottish considered as the new Thatcher
Liz Truss is already being identified by the British media as a sort of new Thatcher, especially for its reformist approach within the large conservative party. Born in Oxford to parents described by her as “on the left of Labor”, she joined the Tories in 1996. Known as an efficient and reforming figure, she landed in government with Johnson, first as Secretary of State for international trade and as Chairman of the Board of Trade. Then as minister of women and equal opportunities.
From 2021 Truss has become foreign Minister and a key figure for Brexit. A personality therefore identified as competent on various fronts, from trade to diplomacy to civil rights. And there is another aspect that makes her palatable: she grew up in Scotland. A detail not to be overlooked in times when Edinburgh would like a new independence referendum after the one that failed in 2014.
Loyalist Rishi Sunak challenges Liz Truss from the Treasury
The main challenger is Rishi Sunak, current Chancellor of the Exchequer. Sunak, of Indian descent, is considered a Johnson loyalist. So much so that there had been controversy over his appointment in place of Sajid Javid for the apparent breakdown of the total independence of treasure from Downing Street. But now Sunak is a candidate to take the place of his “protector“He is also a popular name for the efficient economic management of the pandemic. So much so that according to polls he is the most respected chancellor of the exchequer in the United Kingdom for a long time.
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