The Last Prime Minister of the United Kingdom?

The front page shown above is three years old but is now even more apt than ever. Having won the Tory Party Leadership election, Boris Johnson will soon be installed as Prime Minister. The fact of his being a lazy dishonest blustering charlatan who is totally unsuited to any form of public office seems not to matter to the 90-odd thousand members of the Conservative Party who voted for him. I’ve never felt happier that I escaped…

It was always likely that Brexit would propel the dregs of UK politics to the forefront, and now the bottom of the barrel is in charge. It will take more than luck for the UK to get through this abysmal episode intact. The only question to me now is whether it will be Scotland or Northern Ireland that leaves first.

What do you think?

 

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8 Responses to “The Last Prime Minister of the United Kingdom?”

  1. He won’t be in office long enough to be the last Prime Minister 😉

    • Right. I think, and hope, that Brexit will lead to the reunification of Ireland, independence for Scotland, and perhaps a union of Scotland and Ireland. But the timescale for that is probably at least 5 years or so, so I doubt that BoJo will be the last PM.

  2. Anton Garrett Says:

    Without doubt there will be a General Election soon, as Boris Johnson puts his plan for Brexit to the Commons and makes it an issue of confidence. He will do that in the knowledge that Jeremy Corbyn, a lifelong Brexiteer for reasons of the Left, has been bounced by senior party members into supporting Remain. That fact and the change of Tory leader mean that Nigel Farage’s outfit will now be predating more on traditional Labour than Tory voters, and Johnson will get a new House of Commons that backs him. Corbyn’s shift means that such an election will also double as a second Referendum.

    • telescoper Says:

      Corbyn has been supporting Remain? You could have fooled me! He’s not even clearly supporting a referendum on the terms of exit.

      I don’t know what will happen but I still think (as I have always done) that the UK will leave in disorderly fashion without a deal in October. Will there be an election before that? I doubt it, but it depends not on Corbyn but on how well the LibDems perform. They could take a number of high-profile Conservative scalps if there were an election now, including Johnson himself (who has a majority of only 5000 or so). They are also likely to take more seats from Labour than the Brexit Party.

      Another possibility is that he never becomes Prime Minister, which will happen if he fails to command a majority in the House of Commons. That just needs a few Tories to defect to the LibDems. I wouldn’t say that was probable, but it seems to me to be possible.

    • telescoper Says:

      ps. It’s not true what you say about `senior party members’ bouncing Corbyn either. The vast majority of rank and file Labour Party members support remaining in the EU and that is also the position agreed by the Party Conference. If Corbyn had acted in accordance with this mandate I’ve no doubt at all the UK would have a Labour government now.

      • Anton Garrett Says:

        Corbyn backs Remain in any 2nd referendum:

        https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jul/09/corbyn-says-labour-would-back-remain-in-brexit-referendum

        This was forced on him by Watson and Abbott. If he says he backs Remain in a referendum but not in an election manifesto he’d look fairly foolish.

      • telescoper Says:

        Well, he’s not in favour of a referendum so this actually means very little.

        This is the policy agreed at Conference in September 2016:

        Unless the final settlement proves to be acceptable, then the option of retaining EU membership should be retained. The final settlement should therefore be subject to approval, through Parliament and potentially through a general election or referendum.

      • Anton Garrett Says:

        If a week is a long time in politics, what price nearly three years?

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