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 It is Boris’ moment

15.06.19. Boris Johnson paints himself as a one-nation candidate who can “unite his country and its society”. Answering questions from journalists, he defended the language that has repeatedly landed him in trouble – including comments that Muslim women wearing burqas resemble letterboxes. Johnson said that occasionally, “some plaster comes off the ceiling because of a phrase I may have used, or because a phrase has been wrenched out of context”. But he said the public felt alienated from politicians, because “too often we are muffling and veiling our language: not speaking as we find; covering everything up in bureaucratic platitudes, when what they want to hear is what we really think”. Exactly, Australian Politicians take note, stop the BS and start the BJ. Emmett Tyrrell discusses his chances of being next UK PM.
Well, the UK’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, has run out of gas. She just retired. Now the question is who will replace her? All the talk is of Boris Johnson, the former foreign secretary and twice mayor of London. I could give you numerous reasons why he should be Great Britain’s prime minister, not the least of which is I met him years ago when he was editor of London’s Spectator magazine. We spectatorians have got to stick together. Moreover, if the Spectator of London can serve as a springboard to high public office, why should not the phenomenon take place on this side of the Atlantic? Already, I sense my young staff is getting restless.
On the most important issue of the day in the UK, Boris was an early proponent. He favored Brexit years ago. He has remained steadfast. He stands with the British majority avid to leave the EU. May let the public down on this vital matter. She became prime minister while remaining lukewarm on the issue. She dithered for two years and finally, last week, threw up her hands and promised to resign. Now I should think it is Johnson’s turn to give the people what they want. They want to be relieved of the Brussels bureaucrats preying upon their economy. Boris will do it.
Yet influential voices in London are murmuring against him. They sound very much like what President Donald Trump calls voices from the swamp. For a certitude, they do, and we have heard it all before. From the British swamp comes dark talk of Johnson’s hair. Yes, his hair. It is forever disheveled, and there are hints that the flaxen mop comes from a bottle. Critics have been obsessed with Donald Trump’s hair, too, and with Ronald Reagan’s, if memory serves. The critics should fasten upon something more important. Why not try his political record? He has served in Parliament for 11 years with distinction, and he was twice elected mayor of London. That was when London was one of the best-run cities in the world.
He has a flair for developing issues. Note his early championing of Brexit. Once it was a marginal matter. Now it is almost the only issue that matters to the British. Boris has a knack for capturing the public eye. What is more, he is amusing, both as a journalist and a politician. Over the years, he has written that Muslim women wearing burkas on London streets “look like letter boxes.” Well, they do, though I have never actually used the British postal service. Besides, his josh inspired in me at least two columns of my own, one speculating about how many people are actually under any one burka, and what they might be up to. He offered the thought that a Libyan city could pass for Dubai if the Libyans would only “clear the dead bodies away.” And — a personal favorite of mine — Johnson claimed former President Barack Obama disrelished the British Empire because he was “part-Kenyan.” I can find no factual error here, and in fact, the former president’s paternity is wholly admirable.
Finally, though some call him divisive, an outsider, a populist, it is just these qualities that keep him in the public eye. From all I can tell, he with his charismatic style is the most popular politician in the UK. He is just what the Tories need at this dismal point in their history.
Right now, the Conservative Party is losing support from both the Remainers and the Brexiteers. The party has to stop these defections. The most likely man to do it is Boris Johnson. Ironically, as the London Spectator’s James Forsyth writes: “The worse things are for the Tories, the better for Boris Johnson. If the Tories were ahead in the polls, he’d have little hope of becoming leader. MPs would choose someone more clubbable …” Well, I do not know how clubbable Johnson is, but I do know that as of now he has all the headlines. The spotlight is on him. He is most likely to stop the defections from the Tory ranks because he is the most popular politician with the Tory rank and file. Most of its defections are rushing into the Brexit Party headed by Nigel Farage. The way for the Tories to stop this hemorrhaging is to make Boris prime minister. A new party is not what the Brexiteers want. It is a Tory who started the exit. Let a Tory complete it. That would be Boris.
Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator.
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  • TommyGun 15/06/2019, 5:13 am

    Yeah, Boris is funny, clever and witty. He has a way of getting things done that that old dither-bag May could never achieve. He may take over from May and be the next PM. But only for a while; until the next general election.

    Nigel Farage is who the people want; a straight-talker who gets things done and has one aim and only one: get Britain out of the EU and out of the shyte. I hope like hell that his Brexit party wins the next election and he becomes PM.

    • Lorraine 15/06/2019, 9:34 am

      Farage will make and excellent PM He talks and says what others hide

    • Bwana Neusi 15/06/2019, 2:58 pm

      Farage is ambivalent about the burgeoning muslim issue in the UK, to the extent that he was anti Tommy Robinson et al.

  • Thunder 15/06/2019, 6:22 am

    I don’t trust Boris. He has chopped and changed too many times in the past.

    He is too stupid to team up with Farage and rule the UK for decades.

    We are lumbered here with Turd 2, when what we needed was Peter Dutton running the country.
    With Dutton, climate change would be DEAD !! The Paris crap finished.

    • Cliff 15/06/2019, 11:56 am

      I share your disquiet re Boris, Thunder. I hope I am wrong, but I fear he will prove to be a great disappointment. As I said, I REALLY hope I’m proven to be wrong.

  • Finn 15/06/2019, 9:15 am

    Scattergun, thumper thunder.

    I think Boris will team w Fightin’ Farage (a French name?) but a deal can’t be done just yet. The Big F is a One Trick Pony. Gazing into the future (as only Climatistas can do) I see:

    1. Boris riding the Right Wing to PM

    2. Farage having contretemps with Boris

    3. just before elections, Boris makes open offer to Nigel Home Secretary, or Minister For The Destruction of the EU. They kiss and make up.

    4. Boris in office longer than Tony Blair

    5. England enjoys new prosperity

    6. Ireland still wants to knuckle on and EU becomes FU

    7. I die a modestly happy man

  • Aktosplatz 15/06/2019, 9:57 am

    The Conservative Party have the same problems as the Liberals have here., with LINOs.

    They are riddled with Conservatives-in-Name-Only (CINOs) and they have been coming out (like weevils from a stale biscuit,) since Brexit started. One prominent one is John Bercow Speaker of the House, who is doing everything possible to thwart Brexit. Another one is Grieve.

    BJ needs to cross the Brexit line on 31st October, and then prepare for a General Election, forming a possible coalition with Nigel Farage’s Party.

    Scotland is going to be a problem, but that’s easily fixed and Boris is the man to do it, with their Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson.

  • Graham Richards 15/06/2019, 6:44 pm

    Bojo appears to be trying to avoid as much media exposure as possible .

    Put yourself in his position……..he knows what has to be achieved and to try to explain what needs to be done to achieve it is a problem.
    He can’t give away his plans, strategy, methodology or the projected outcomes/ problems, without scaring the $&@ t out of everyone. Best solution keep quiet to avoid having to lie to anyone. He will win. He will get the Brexit the electorate want but it’s going to be a rough ride without support of the pro EU half of the Tory party as well as the media. ( Sounds like another world leader we love dearly).
    He will do it and we can only hope the public & the likes of Farage throw their support right behind him.
    The UN /NWO are watching & trying to prevent Bojo & The Donald from sinking their 50 year attack on the wests democracy. It’s going to get really messy over the next 3 years. We will, however, win thru in the end!

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