I think that, the way things are going right now, Boris is on his way out. So far he’s been Mr Teflon; mud has been thrown – mainly by himself – but it hasn’t stuck. But I predict that pretty soon he will make one gaffe too many and that will be that. It may even be something small that undoes him, but so was the final straw that broke the camel’s back. The day of reckoning is coming, and soon; the question is, who will we be landed with instead?
There’s an unappetising line-up here. Worst-case scenario would be Priti (‘bring back hanging for all refugees and protestors’) Patel. Next on the scale of awfulness is Gove. I can’t see Gavin Williamson making much of an impact on the race to No 10 but Hancock and several other front-runners would all be equally dire. And then we have Sunak. What to say about him? There was a moment back in 2020 when he almost looked personable and in a dim light almost appeared to have socialist leanings; but once you turned the light on and there were revelations about his wife’s massive wealth which he concealed, thus probably breaking the Ministerial Code (but who cares? Ministers break that every day) he looks just as corrupt and sleazy as the rest of them. But whoever eventually wins this race I think it’s only a matter of time before Johnson is done for. It’s not only everything he’s done so far; it’s the latest accusations by his former favourite Dominic Cummings (blimey! Don’t ever get on the wrong side of that guy) including the allegations about renovations to his flat and now even the Daily Mail has turned against him: today’s headline reads ‘Let the Bodies Pile up in their Thousands’, something Johnson is reported to have said as a scenario he’d prefer to a third lockdown. Whether true or not, what’s interesting is that the Daily Mail has had enough; and when the Mail deserts a far-right leader you know they’re in trouble.
So whether it’s days or weeks I think it’s inevitable now. The Tories always get rid of their leaders smartish and without any compunction at all – as soon as they become a liability, that’s it. Off they go.
In other news, I’m happy to report that I had the first dose of the vaccine yesterday. I was unreasonably anxious about it but it went fine in the end. Today I’m experiencing fatigue and joint pain but no other side-effects.
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So what are the chances he’d be replaced by someone better? Zero surely?
Less than zero
Phew! You frightened me for a moment there. I misread what you had written as ‘bring back hanging for all refugees and pensioners’.
Lol no, too many pensioners vote Tory
It really does seem to be a no-win scenario: I despise Johnson and his artful, but oh-so-knowing buffoonery, but even Theresa May seems acceptable compared to the rogues’ gallery of back-stabbing hypocrites that is “Oh no, not me guv” waiting in the wings, poised for the Sword of Damocles to fall as, I think you are right, it inevitably will. So, I’m just going to accept the inevitable and not waste any mental energy agonising about it: there will be a successor, just as bad as [or, possibly, gasp, worse than?] the present incumbent, but my agonising isn’t going to change a thing, and I have a life to lead, which I’m going to do as well as I can while, of course, whinging from the sidelines about the continuing sleaze & corruption.
I’m still waiting to hear when I’m due my second shot, but I don’t think it will be for a few weeks yet; it’s academic anyway, because at the moment I’m full of cold, which do still exist! Yay! :p Cheers, Jon.
Not long after Boris won the last election, he complained that he couldn’t ‘afford to live’ on the Prime Minister’s salary. I read that he was earning twice as much before he became PM, and regretted standing. Perhaps he has been looking for a way out ever since?
Sunak seems likely to succeed him, though he is even oilier and less trustworthy, I reckon.
(if that’s possible)
I have had both doses of AZ now, no side effects at all.
Best wishes, Pete.
It is gut-wrenchingly sickening when people complain of not being able to manage on what would be a fantastic salary for the rest of us. Glad you’ve had your vaccinations