boris johnson
There has been a backlash against this by Tories who are desperate to have at least one remaining leadership candidate with any plausibility, but the fact is the Tories really are in trouble now.

We are not seeing transitory divisions over the EU; grievances are coming out that will create bad blood for years to come.

Good.

They’ve spent years talking up imagined problems in the Labour Party; let’s see how they deal with real splits in their own.

Former Conservative MP Matthew Parris has deepened the rift among top Tories by using his Times column to launch a scathing attack on the pro-Brexit mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

Parris, a former aide to Margaret Thatcher, denounced Johnson for alleged dishonesty, vacuity, sexual impropriety and veiled homophobia.

“Somebody has to call a halt to the gathering pretence that if only you’re sufficiently comical in politics you can laugh everything off,” he wrote.

“Incompetence is not funny. Policy vacuum is not funny. A careless disregard for the truth is not funny. Advising old mates planning to beat someone up is not funny. Abortions and gagging orders are not funny. Creeping ambition in a jester’s cap is not funny. Vacuity posing as merriment, cynicism posing as savviness, a wink and a smile covering for betrayal … these things are not funny.”

Source: Former Tory MP’s scathing Boris Johnson attack deepens party rift | Politics | The Guardian

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