Tuesday 25 June 2019

Boris is the necessary man

An argument with his girlfriend over some wine he spilt on her white sofa seems an insubstantial reason for thinking Boris Johnson unfit for high office but the anti-Boris press has used the wine stain artfully to try to destroy him. 

The Sunday Times published an interesting character assassination of Boris Johnson by Sonia Purnell, who was his colleague on the Daily Telegraph, and a good case for the defence by his biographer, Andrew Gimson.

Once leaving his wife for a girlfriend could have been fatal to his chances but Tories seem not to care about that any more. Nigel Lawson, Douglas Hurd and many other Tories even in the old days did this. The return of Alan Clark to the House as a Tory MP, after he had published in his diaries his relations with a married woman and her two daughters, in one bed, marked the absolute end of the era of Tory sexual morality.

In any event, Mrs. Johnson, née Marina Wheeler, was Boris's girlfriend when he was married to his first wife.  

Ed Miliband lived with his girlfriend when he was expected to become Prime Minister in 2010 (what a lot of water has flown under the bridge since then), as did a number of European leaders. Once, not long ago, being a lesbian and mother of a test tube baby would have ruled out the Scottish Tory leader, Ruth Davidson, from a career in Tory politics.

Boris lied about his love affair with Petronella Wyatt and was therefore sacked by Michael Howard from the front bench, which meant he was unable to take part in the next leadership election and perhaps become Michael Howard's successor. He was at the start of his career fired by the Times for making up two stories. He has one or two (or how many is it?) illegitimate children and cheated on both his wives. 

However there is no alternative, at least now that Michael Gove and Dominic Raab failed to make the cut. 

Michael Gove anyway lost his chance by not resigning over Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement and Dominic Raab, who did resign, does not have magic. 

Magic is needed.

Boris is the best, perhaps the only hope for his party and his country.

Jeremy Hunt, who Alison Pearson accurately said looks like a frightened gerbil, was in favour of Remain and, after the referendum went the way he didn't like, wanted it to be held again. Later he decided he wanted to leave the EU after all. He is a manager, not a leader. He would be Theresa May 2, though not quite as dull.

He should step down and let Boris come to office and try to sort out the crisis. No-one imagines, spilt wine or not, that Jeremy Hunt will win the hearts and minds of Tory members.

George Osborne, who was clever to accept the job of editor of the Evening Standard but should have combined it with staying in the Commons, endorsed Boris Johnson for leader of the party in an editorial. 
‘If Mr Johnson governs as the “modern Conservative” he promises to be today he can put his party, and country back on track.
That’s why we believe if there’s one of these candidates who can give Britain back its mojo, it’s BoJo.’
This is a reminder that Boris Johnson a social liberal who is very easy-going on immigration once argued for an amnesty for illegal immigrants. This is very unfortunate, as halting Third World and inter-European immigration is an existential matter, much more important than leaving the EU. 

Despite this, and despite (for now) having a half Indian wife, he is assailed by accusations of being a racist.

Young people in the media hate Mr Johnson as much as they hate Mr Trump. Mr Johnson having met Steve Bannon, who wrote Donald Trump's inauguration speech, is treated by the Sunday Times as evidence of a far right connection. (Far right used to mean Sir Oswald Mosley and General Franco - is Donald Trump far right?) 

George Osborne took the opposite line in his editorial:
‘Ask yourself which of these potential Prime Ministers is most likely to persuade the Conservative Party to vote for a repacked version of the existing deal? The one with the greatest credibility with hard Brexiteers.’

After the referendum some Brexiteers warned that if Boris were Prime Minister he would go for a soft Brexit, like the Norwegian model. Jeremy Hunt argued for something similar. This might be the best solution for now at least. 

Otherwise we have to leave without a deal.


  1. 'In this unique historical context, the private life of the next leader of the Tory party doesn’t matter a jot to most Tories, however much they do care about family values. All that matters is they get a leader who they think can, almost by a miracle, push that plane through the crisis and land it with a few scratches on the other side – because the alternative, from the look of the polls, is certain destruction.

    'Personally, I’m not sure I care. A party reaches a point where it has sold out so much that it’s just an empty vessel (the only thing many Tories are interested in conserving nowadays is the Conservative Party). But I do care about Brexit, for the sake of the project, for the dignity of the country – revoking Article 50 would look ridiculous – and for a democracy tested and battered by one damn thing after another.'
    Timothy Stanley in the Telegraph today.

    1. A party reaches a point where it has sold out so much that it’s just an empty vessel (the only thing many Tories are interested in conserving nowadays is the Conservative Party

      That seems to sum it up pretty well.

      It seems rather strange to believe that a man who clearly has no morals and no ethics, a man who is a social liberal (social liberals being the very people who trashed British society), a man who seems very very likely to preside over a massive increase in Third World immigration, is somehow going to be the saviour of the nation.

      This is a man whose entire life and career provide overwhelming evidence that he cannot be trusted.

  2. Not racist at all.

    - a picaninny

    1. That was not a racist remark by Boris but an innocent and funny joke.
      (Even when Enoch Powell famously used the word back in 1968 it was not in any way malicious but on the contrary affectionate.)

    2. You'd think being married to a half-Indian would be conclusive evidence that he is not colour prejudiced, and anyway it is clear that he is a warm, embracing, liberal minded man, but the charge has been made before - below, for example. I don't see why publishing Taki, as all Spectator editors have done going back to the 1970s, means he agrees with him. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/mayor/boris-says-sorry-over-blacks-have-lower-iqs-article-in-the-spectator-6630340.html

  3. The only funny thing is that you are reduced to concluding that Boris is your saviour.