Schadenfreude (Boris Johnson plummets in the opinion polls)

Boris Johnson: it seems we all think it’s time for him to go. He won’t accept that, of course.

He won’t be panicking.

Boris Johnson will be doing what every other Tory leader does when they take a pummelling in the polls – he’ll be telling himself there’s plenty of time to bounce back.

With a new lie, perhaps?

According to several mainstream papers (I’m taking the information from iNews), Johnson’s person rating among readers of Tory blog ConservativeHome has fallen by a massive 36 points – from 39 to just three.

Apparently the reason for this is his reluctance to self-isolate after being in close contact with somebody found to have Covid-19 (his own Health Secretary Sajid Javid, as it happened).

So it seems people really do care if ministers behave as though there’s one rule for the mob and a different rule for elites like them – and these people were Conservatives, which means their opinions actually mean something to Johnson and his grasping rabble.

Worse still, this dissatisfaction with a prime minister who ignores his own rules for personal gain seems to be translating into electoral abandonment, with an Ipsos MORI poll showing public satisfaction with Johnson’s government has fallen to its lowest in nine months.

And a YouGov poll added that the Tories could struggle to hold up to 16 seats in their traditional heartlands. That’s not the recently-aquired Red Wall, where people might be expected to ‘float’ back to Labour; it’s what have previously been Tory strongholds.

One wonders where these people would go. Not to Keir Starmer’s Fake Labour, that’s for sure. He’s even less trustworthy than Johnson (as the current controversy over one of his MPs writing for The Sun demonstrates).

And that’s what This Writer thinks the Tories are failing to grasp: that, after two years of his dishonest antics, people have realised that Johnson is an out-and-out liar who has only stayed where he is because Parliament’s rules have protected him.

But that can’t stop people seeing the facts – either via Peter Stefanovic’s viral video (which may need updating after all of the lies Johnson has uttered since it was originally edited together)…

… and after Dawn Butler was ejected from Parliament by an acting deputy Speaker, for the heinous crime of listing the facts about Johnson’s lies.

But now we come to the other side of this coin; if people are deserting Johnson and the Tories, where will they go?

And the answer is clear: they won’t go to Keir Starmer’s poisonous Fake Labour.

Even after the self-isolation/dishonesty revelations about Boris Johnson, the voting intention polls look like this, and Damo is right to draw the conclusion he does:

Starmer’s personal rating is much worse, after a year in which he has relentlessly pursued and persecuted socialists who used to form the backbone of the party with false accusations of anti-Semitism, has pandered to the Tory narrative about Covid-19 even when it has caused more infections and deaths, and has lied about his own policies – rejecting those on which he was elected Labour leader and offering nothing to replace them because he knows if we discover his real plans, his party will end up consisting of himself and Wes Streeting:

There’s an obvious answer – for both parties: ditch the leader.

History shows that voters forgive parties with unpopular leaders if they get new ones – even if this does not result in a policy change.

It seems the British people are extremely shallow in this respect.

The first party to grasp this fact will be the one that gains most in the post-Covid political landscape that we are all soon to inhabit.

But Starmer – and Johnson – are both stubborn political survivalists.

Will they accept the inevitable? Or will they try to put it off at any cost, thereby causing huge harm to their party’s electability?

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