Out but not down: Johnson has resigned because he’s plotting mischief

A silly man for serious times: That could be Boris Johnson’s leadership campaign slogan.

What’s your instinctive reaction at the news that Boris Johnson has resigned? That he chose country over party (ha ha)? That he knew the latest Brexit ‘plan’ is unworkable (stop it! you’re killing me)? That he took the honourable way out (that’s too funny! Is there a doctor in the house)?

Mine was that he’s up to something nasty.

BoJob was always one to seek advantage from the perceived weakness of others and I think that’s what he’s doing now.

He remains a hugely influential figure in the Conservative Party and the withdrawal of his support from the May administration is likely to turn backbenchers against her – along with quite a lot of public feeling.

I don’t think he’ll go for an overt leadership challenge – he’s too wily for that. It’s far more likely that he will await the result of a ‘no confidence’ vote and then put himself up as an alternative candidate if Mrs May loses.

The prime minister herself is currently claiming she’ll be happy to face down any challengers – but this could be just a lot of bravado from a windbag who knows she has been punctured and doesn’t have a repair kit.#

Her government is on the brink. It will take only one more major ministerial resignation to push it over the edge, I reckon – if Mr Johnson’s isn’t already doing the job in a delayed-reaction way.

Will there be another resignation? Hard to tell. Tories are cowards who rarely have the courage of their convictions – remember the so-called “rebels” who chickened out of undermining the EU Withdrawal Act at the last minute, on the basis of a blatant lie by Mrs May.

And if the current chaos in the Tory government triggers a general election, they know they’ll be out of office – not just for a few years, but for at least a generation.

The summer is reaching boiling point! I just hope this drama doesn’t boil over on Wednesday when I’ll be trying to watch England win the World Cup semi-final.

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11 thoughts on “Out but not down: Johnson has resigned because he’s plotting mischief

  1. Owen Williams

    BoJo won’t get the job, even if he does volunteer – and if he does, it won’t be a serious attempt to claim the leadership. He loves to play the village idiot, but in truth he’s not nearly so stupid that he’d seriously seek to take command of the current mess – he’s seen May make the same mistake, and can see where her overambitious folly has taken her career. He’ll back off the microsecond the party leadership put Rees-Mogg forward.

  2. Justin

    i was thinking that he could join the trump baby blimp, I even think sadiq would sponsor that

  3. John.

    This buffoon has, like many of his nasty party colleagues, only one agenda.

    As commented months ago, he’s doing whatever he thinks it will take to seize control of the grubby outfit that calls itself the conservative party, country be damned.

  4. Neilth

    He is looking to trigger a no confidence in the leadership and will stay largely in the background for that after all he couldn’t possibly be disloyal. He will probably damn with feint praise and watch as minions savage May. After the coup he will reluctantly bow to popular pressure and be dragged into the leadership poll where the idiot members of the party will vote for him en masse.

  5. John.

    Let’s face it. We all know It’s been coming for months.

    Part of a vague plan to take whatever path leads to seizing control of the grubby bunch of spivs and chancers calling themselves the conservative party.

    The slogans he used in the referendum campaign are now seen with much greater clarity and context.

    His agenda is himself, country be damned.

  6. Kate George

    Despite appearance Boris Johnson is intelligent enough to realise that Brexit is a poisoned chalice, he won’t want to contest the leadership until after the event.

  7. joanna

    Don’t hate me for this, but in a way I hope England loses the world cup, because if they do win you know the Tories are going to spin this until everyone is dizzy, and will be able to make more Nasty plans whilst everyone is looking the other way!! It is just inevitable!!!

  8. Barry Davies

    Well we got the current hash up because May tried to lose the last election, then she has continually undermined our position in the negotiations, Davis and Boris did what people have been saying they should which is stand up for what they believe in. Maybe if Starmer did the same thing and joined the Lib Dem’s he could act as well as they have.

  9. NMac

    I just hope that the long-awaited implosion of the nasty Tory Party is actually beginning in earnest.

  10. Dave Rowlands

    The current shambles of a government are desperate to be ousted, the mess that they have created over their reign has to be blamed on someone other than themselves.

    The people will vote in Labour, they will fix all the problems but the MSM will spin it as the people have been betrayed, again. Politics, what a mess we weave, one party ruins the lives of the people, the next one improves it and then the nasty party is voted back in. Spin, lies, and everything nasty is used by politicians to gain your vote, they prey on your feelings, the ones they made you believe in.

    Bozo won’t put himself forward as the party leader, someone else will, it has more power when you are recommended. The lives of my great grand children have been ruined because of the selfish self serving politicians, we won’t stand up to them because they now are capable of controlling every aspect of your life, we live in fear, controlled by the elite to do their bidding. The people of this country need to get their Mojo back but trying to convince those who are happy with their lot is a hard task,

    Thatcher knew what she was doing, this is her legacy.

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