Kicking out a Prime Minister who won a massive 80-seat majority is quite a drastic thing for a party, especially when it seems it took the Tory party well under 24 hours to forget why they did it .
he main problem with Johnson was that when faced with a difficult decision or found himself in a tricky corner, all he knew how to do was relieve the pressure on himself by telling shameless lies until that problem for a few seconds disappeared. the consequences of which one might worry about later.
He promised too much and delivered too little. He didn’t just pretend parties didn’t happen even though he attended them. What was just as damaging in the end was that everything would be “world’s best” – even if it didn’t exist. Government as a form of sociopathic narcissism was out of fashion.
And yet here we are, on what feels a lot like day one of the Tory Party leadership contest, and they’re absolutely all there.
As things stand at present, there is hardly a candidate in the field who has not already promised tax cuts. Nadhim Zahawi expects to cut the property tax rate twice in the next two years. Jeremy Hunt has promised to “cut all taxes” just like he did three years ago. Liz Truss will “cut taxes from day one as PM”.
Does anyone see a problem here? They’re trying to replace the biggest fantasist of all. The guy who would say and do almost anything if he could see political self-interest in it. And Johnson is an instinctive tax cut. And so the person most likely to replace him right now is – Rishi Sunak.
And yet both of these men, and Johnson in particular, when weighed down by the realities of government, saw very clearly that there was a massive crisis in welfare funding, that public services were on the brink of collapse, and they would also do around £400bn borrowed to deal with Covid. And what did they do? They raised taxes.
Johnson and Rishi Sunak’s recent budget was called the “death of conservatism” on the front page of the Daily Telegraph, and not without reason. They raised taxes to their highest level in 80 years, of course because they felt they had no choice.
Don’t Zahawi and Truss and Sajid Javid and everyone else allow themselves a moment of concern that all they’ve done in their leadership campaigns is make grandiose promises that the greatest I’ll Say Anything politician, the the country ever had could? doesn’t quite make it?
Very few people believe these tax cuts stand a chance. But we’ll all be forced to go through the moves anyway. Gathering in sweaty rooms for official leadership launches. The main highlight so far has been Penny Mordaunt having to edit hers to remove convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius from his prominent position. And the excitement about it prompted British Paralympic sprinter Jonnie Peacock to also “officially” ask for his removal.
Sajid Javid hasn’t even bothered to make another video, just re-posting the one from 2019 because what could be more inspirational than that?
Rishi Sunak expects the whole country to be #ReadyforRishi. You might imagine that the more important question would be Rishi’s readiness, unlike the rest of the country, who he seems to think has some sort of obligation to prepare for his arrival.
Rehman Chishti, the former Labor councilor who has been MP for Gillingham for 12 years, has also decided to give it a try. Personally, I have been writing about Westminster for seven years and this is the first time I have had to write his name. At least he’s only selling the fantasy of himself and not a fantasy economy.
Once upon a time, shortly after the EU referendum, Cameron and Johnson went out to eat together. Johnson is said to have asked him, “What happened to you?” Cameron was even more of a Eurosceptic as far as Johnson was concerned, but had not had the courage to follow his convictions. Cameron’s response was to tell him, “I’ve grown up.” In other words, he understood that the business of government involved more compromises than would be ideal. That ideological beliefs are much less important than the mundanities of people’s lives.
Although it seems absurd to say such a thing, according to the evidence available, Johnson looks quite similar to the adult. Those who follow him are in for a political rude awakening, and once again ordinary people will foot the bill.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/have-these-tory-leadership-hopefuls-learnt-nothing-from-the-downfall-of-boris-johnson-41833050.html Have these Tory leadership hopefuls learned nothing from Boris Johnson’s ouster?