Tuesday, July 23, 2019

77th PM: Boris Johnson 66.66% of the vote

via Roger McGough…
“I wanna be the leader,
I wanna be the leader,
Can I be the leader?
Can I? I can?
Promise? Promise?
Yippee, I’m the leader
I’m the leader
OK, what shall we do?”

Live: Boris Johnson to be UK’s next prime minister BBC. Assume the brace position ;-)

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    In Boris … it was as if I’d finally encountered the ‘real’ Oxford, the Platonic ideal. While the rest of us were works-in-progress, vainly trying on different personae, Boris was the finished article. He was an instantly recognizable character from the comic tradition in English letters: a pantomime toff. 
    He was Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night demanding more cakes and ale, Bertie Wooster trying to pass himself off as Eustace H. Plimsoll when appearing in court after overdoing it on Boat Race night. Yet at the same time fizzing with vim and vinegar—“bursting with spunk,” as he once put it, explaining why he needs so many different female partners. He was a cross between Hugh Grant and a silverback gorilla.

    Boris Johnson, the former mayor of London, will become the UK's next prime minister after winning the Conservative Party leadership ballot.

    Key points:

    • Tory rank-and-file party members have picked Boris Johnson as their new leader
    • The former mayor of London will tell the Queen he can form government tomorrow
    • He inherits from Theresa May a political crisis over how to withdraw the UK from the EU

    He beat rival Jeremy Hunt with 66 per cent of the vote.

    The result of the leadership contest was announced at a party meeting in London with Mr Johnson and Mr Hunt sitting in the front row.

    Mr Johnson thanked his "formidable opponent," and joked that he plans to now steal Mr Hunt's "excellent ideas" when he becomes prime minister.

    He promised his audience he would deliver on his campaign mantra: "Deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat [Opposition Leader] Jeremy Corbyn."
    Pointing out that this spelled "DUD," he said that he would add "energise" to his slogan.
    "I say to all the doubters: DUDE, we are going to energise the country!" Mr Johnson said to laughs and groans in the crowd.

    Politicians of all other parties* need to rise to the challenge of Johnson 

    Boris Johnson is to be prime minister. And there are rumours that Iain Duncan-Smith and Priti Patel are to return to Cabinet. It is easy to think that nothing good can come from this. 
    At one level that is true. I suspect, very strongly that nothing good will come from this, directly. 
    And yet, there has always to be a turning point when people realise that all that was can be no more and that change is essential. Too often things have had to reach a dire state for that to happen. Whilst I would never have chosen the situation in which we find ourselves, maybe this government that will be without talent, vision or concern is what is required to precipitate that change.
    That does, however, require more than hope. Change requires that all opposition parties have courage and go for what they want now. 
    Labour must offer a true vision of reform, and solve its internal divisions, whatever their cause.
    Nationalists can no longer dither.
    Greens must be unambiguous about what is required to save life on earth.
    And in the face of populism Liberals must reiterate their values.
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