Remember the old adage that repeating an action and expecting a different result is a sign of madness? It seems Boris Johnson hasn’t.
But then we already knew his grip on reality is tenuous at best.
The Observer is reporting that he is furious at the failure of his attempt to smear Labour leader Keir Starmer by connecting him with the IRA.
But rather than finding an alternative, he has instead reprimanded his advisers for leaving him under-prepared – and demanded more attack lines on Starmer, doubling down on criticism of his legal record.
It hasn’t worked; it won’t work.
Even where Starmer may be criticised, he knows those weaknesses and will have answers.
And of course Johnson will be laying himself open to analysis of his own past career – which consists of multiple claims of dishonesty and at least one high-profile sacking.
That won’t play well when he lays himself open to an airing of his faults at PMQs.
Meanwhile, his colleagues in the Conservative Party will be doing what they always do when they see a leader sinking; they’re sharpening their knives. Here’s The Observer:
There is evidence that the wider Tory party is losing faith in Johnson’s ability to lead them against Starmer – and signs that the chancellor Rishi Sunak has become the new favourite of the Conservative grassroots.
According to the latest survey of Tory members by ConservativeHome, the website for party activists, Johnson is now in the bottom third of cabinet ministers in the satisfaction ratings – having been the runaway leader nine months ago.
Johnson has slumped to 19th place, below Baroness Evans, the leader of the House of Lords, with a rating of plus 24.6%. Sunak meanwhile is out in front on plus 82.5%.
The verdict among the Twitterati is that Johnson is self-destructing:
If Boris wants to keep acting like a child and get even more people to turn against him then go ahead. Hes doing it to avoid answering questions and Keir will win.
Desperate Boris Johnson to step up personal attacks on Keir Starmer https://t.co/dGzxmsB3rj
— ThelastBrownite (@Hansandwich13) September 5, 2020
Whilst our veterans are being assaulted by police, death of free speech, economy being thrown off a cliff, endless culture war, illegal immigration, etc.
This is what our PM is doing.
Desperate Boris Johnson to step up personal attacks on Keir Starmer https://t.co/AumRVDcInY
— 🇬🇧 Louis 🇬🇧 (@Lg_2412) September 5, 2020
You get the idea.
Who said Johnson would be gone by Christmas?
It seems likely he might be out a lot sooner.
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