British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be subject to an internal motion of censure this Monday after the Conservative Party received enough letters to launch the vote, the formation announced.
The president of the so-called 1922 Committee (which brings together conservative deputies without portfolio), Graham Brady, confirmed that a sufficient number of parliamentarians have requested the vote.
The jeers at St. Paul’s Cathedral were a harbinger of what awaited Boris Johnson after the splendor of the Platinum Jubilee. The ‘premier’ is facing the growing insurrection among the ‘tory’ deputies, who have forced a motion of censure against their own leader, in their lowest hours due to the hangover from ‘Partygate’.
Boris Johnson is today the worst valued member of his own government among the conservative bases. 56% of voters believe that the premier has lied to the public and 57% think that he “is not in touch with the working class”. Another recent poll puts the Conservative Party 20 points behind the Labor Party (28% to 48%) in the special election in Wakefield, hitherto a symbol of ‘Tory’ reconquest in the ‘red belt’ of northern England.
The ‘premier’ is worryingly losing his allies, such as the ‘Brexitera’ Andrea Leadsom, who last week criticized “the unacceptable failures of his leadership”. Party heavyweights such as former Foreign Secretary William Hague consider a no-confidence motion inevitable. And internal sources of the ‘Tories’ assure ‘The Sunday Times’ that the number of insurgents has already reached 67, enough to put him on the ropes.
Johnson promised them very happily and said he even felt “vindicated” after the full publication of the internal report of the senior official Sue Gray on the ‘Partygate’. The initial complacency and the calculatedly ambiguous way in which he accepted his “responsibility” for the lack of leadership (the police eventually imposed 126 fines for violations of the Covid rules, including one for him) have ended up taking their toll.
Downing Street’s reaction in defense of its distressed tenant, in contrast to previous replies from its government closing ranks in its defence, has also been slow and belated. His head of communications Gutto Harri has contributed in his own way to the snowball by confessing that he took advantage of the Platinum Jubilee break to see Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’, without mentioning who plays the role of Brutus in real life , ready to assassinate their leader.
‘The Daily Mail’, which continues to defend Johnson against the rebellion of “pathetic and narcissistic deputies”, has identified deputy Aaron Bell as Brute, who in February confirmed the sending of a letter asking for his resignation due to parties in Downing Street , outraged by the restrictions on the funeral for his grandmother in 2020, during lockdowns.
Another contender for Brutus is former Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, a longtime rival for the Conservative leadership. Although he has publicly declared that this is not the time to change leaders, Hunt participated two weeks ago in a clandestine meeting of rebel Tories and could be preparing his second assault.
Among the possible candidates is also the chairman of the parliamentary committee on Foreign Affairs Tom Tugendhat, a veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and one of the first to take off the glove against Johnson. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss remains one of the best placed, in rivalry with Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi, the main person in charge of the vaccine campaign. Treasury Secretary Rishi Sunak has experienced a vertiginous drop in the popularity ranking in just a few weeks, while the highest rated member of the Johnson Cabinet is Defense Minister Ben Wallace.
Michael Tory, a financier who has donated more than 400,000 euros to the Conservative Party in the last decade, has added fuel to the fire by warning that the ‘Tories’ face “annihilation in the next election and in the next ten years” if there is no “immediate change of leadership.”
The recent polls and the discontent with Johnson that the ‘Tory’ voters themselves have expressed to their deputies in recent weeks have set off alarms. “Johnson’s winning trump card was popularity, and people’s reaction to his arrival in St. Paul is an indication that he is no longer popular,” a former member of his government told The Guardian. who prefers not to identify himself.
“The booing shows that people are fed up with this government, and in particular with its attitude to the cost of living crisis,” said Labor opposition leader Keir Starmer, who preferred to leave the ‘Partygate’ in the background. ‘ and focus on the main concern of the British.
Johnson tried precisely to leave the ‘Partygate’ scandal behind with the belated announcement of a tax on excessive profits from energy companies and subsidies for less favored families due to the increase in the electricity bill. The measure has had no effect and 55% of Britons believe that the Government has not given enough aid to alleviate the cost of living crisis.
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