How Boris Johnson could still become prime minister

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson addresses a special session of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in the Hague, Netherlands June 26, 2018.

Boris Johnson resigned as Foreign Secretary on Monday.
Foreign Office officials celebrated Johnson’s departure with champagne.
Conservative Party sources claim he’s planning a leadership bid.
However, former allies favour Tory Vice-Chair James Cleverley to Johnson.

LONDON – On Monday, Conservative MP Boris Johnson resigned from his position as Foreign Secretary, in a major blow to Prime Minister Theresa May.

He refused to inform staff within Number 10 where he was, as he posed for pictures signing his own resignation letter, to be distributed to the newspapers for publication the next day.

The manner of his resignation angered Downing Street so much they pre-announced his resignation, “spiking” his letter, and instructing his driver and security detail to leave.

Voices from across the globe joined in a chorus of disapproval of Johnson’s actions, with the Attorney General of Anguilla describing him as “the worst foreign secretary we’ve ever had,” continuing that he was “disinterested and out of his depth…he cared nothing for our situation”.

The British press was almost as damning, with only his former employers at the Telegraph giving his resignation a sympathetic treatment in Tuesday’s papers.

So has Johnson wrecked his own lifelong dream of becoming prime minister, or could there still be a route for him into power?

“He’s stuffed.”

Some of the most harsh responses to Johnson’s resignation came from former colleagues. His former editor at the Telegraph Max Hastings wrote in a particularly scathing piece that “It is a common mistake to suppose Johnson a nice man. In reality he often behaves unpleasantly.”

Meanwhile his former chief spin doctor Guto Harri told the BBC that his former boss was “much diminished in terms of integrity, in terms of political courage and in terms of credibility,”

On Johnson’s future prospects, he added that “I used to think he would be fantastic at Number 10 but those days look a long time ago.”

However, Johnson’s career has been prematurely declared finished many times before and sources in the Conservative Party maintain he’s still preparing for a leadership bid, with his team already holding preparatory meetings.

He also retains a degree of popularity among party members, with a YouGov poll this week putting him as the “most likeable” and most likely to “share my political outlook” of all the main contenders to replace May.

However, his former allies and organisers of his 2016 bid for Conservative Party leadership think he may have missed his chance. When asked by Business Insider about his future leadership ambitions one replied simply that “he’s stuffed”, adding that the main issue surrounding his 2016 campaign, a lack support from newer intake MPs has only exacerbated since then. One MP suggested he would struggle to get a single nomination off of 2015 or 2017 intake MP, which now make up 98 of the 316 Conservative MPs in the Commons.

Speaking to Business Insider, Conservative Lord and Times Columnist Danny Finkelstein said: “He has all the problems he had last time around. An appeal to liberal conservatives undermined by his connections to Vote Leave, a lack of appeal …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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