Submarine Boris Johnson is finally surfacing to launch his Tory leadership campaign, and the blonde-haired Brexiteer Buffon is currently the frontrunner for 10 Downing Street.
Yes, that’s the same MP who jeopardised incarcerated mum Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in Iran, called black people “piccaninnies”, rugby tackled a 10-year-old boy on a business trip, accused the President of Turkey of defiling a goat, called Barack Obama “part-Kenyan”, said a Libyan city would be great once they “clear the dead bodies away”, and bragged about whisky tariffs at a Sikh Temple.
He was further dismissed from the Tory frontbench in 2004 over allegations, he lied about an affair and dismissed from the Times as a young journalist for making up a quote.
He quipped about homosexual people as “tank-topped bum boys” and ridiculed Muslim women as “letterboxes”, and he has questions to respond to over his conflicting accounts of whether he ever took cocaine, so you can sort of tell why the gaffe-prone ex-mayor of London has been kept hidden until now.
Those who worked with him accused him of not reading his briefs and neglecting to show the thoroughness required to be Prime Minister, and rival Rory Stewart implied he couldn’t be trusted with instructions for the UK’s nuclear submarines.
But despite previous flip-flopping, writing one article for Remain and one for Leave, he’s convinced a parade of Tory Brexiteers MPs will support him by pledging to leave the EU on October 31, deal or no deal.
That means MPs look set to put him in the final two candidates next week. Then all he needs is to win a vote by 160,000 Tory members and he’ll be Prime Minister by the end of July, but there’s more than just Boris Johnson going on, but he’s still the star of the show, and here’s everything you need to know.
Slippery Boris Johnson is out of hiding and pushing towards No Deal Brexit, and he has more than twice the number of MPs supporting him than his nearest competitor, including Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay, but he’s been kept out of the limelight to circumvent blunders which might endanger his lead.
He will say: “After three years and two missed deadlines, we must leave the EU on October 31.” And he will take questions from the press, but how many? At this point, no number of questions will be enough, and he’s starting just an hour before PMQs so may have to conveniently run off.
In a sarcastic jibe at the notoriously unreliable politician, former Tory leader William Hague warned the victor would only survive if they had a plan to break the Brexit deadlock, and the Tory heavyweight stated that without one, the next Prime Minister would lead a sandcastle administration, which would quickly disintegrate.
In comments described as a warning about Boris Johnson, he stated it was “by no means clear” that candidates were ready for “what is going to hit them if they win”.
But will MPs attempt to prevent a no deal? They will certainly attempt to ambush the Tory leadership hopefuls with a vote to try and pave the way to block a no deal Brexit.
Jeremy Corbyn’s party has united with the SNP, Liberal Democrats, Greens and some Tories led by Oliver Letwin, and their motion will force a vote, and if it succeeds, it will put MPs, not the government, in command of the parliamentary agenda on Tuesday 25 June 2019.
MPs can then use that time to pass a legally-binding motion to block No Deal Brexit, and it’s significant because numerous Tory leadership contenders, including Boris Johnson, have said they will leave the EU with or without a deal on October 31.
Dominic Raab even stated he would prorogue Parliament, effectively suspending the House of Commons, in order to avoid MPs blocking no deal on October 31, and Labour’s Shadow Brexit Minister Jenny Chapman denied it would undermine Britain’s unwritten constitution.
She told the BBC: “This is just about parliament doing its job and saying to the government, ‘you don’t have the consent of parliament.'”
Sajid Javid will begin his campaign too, and the Home Secretary awed intellectuals with a glossy video boastfully showcasing his heritage, his upbringing, his family and his pet pooch.
The video told of his father leaving Pakistan in 1961 with “one pound in his pocket”.
But he’s had a faltering start to the race and some think he can win the support needed from backers of competitors like Jeremy Hunt and Michael Gove.
He’s also been hit by his handling of migrant boats in the Channel, when he was accused of playing politics, and earlier when he was Business Secretary, the now-failed salvation of British Steel.
Dominic Raab declined to lift an old non-disclosure agreement, and the MP signed the agreement with a former colleague after he faced a bullying claim in 2007, but Dominic Raab has repeatedly and strenuously dismissed the allegations as false and sued the newspaper that published the claims in 2011 for libel, but his ally Maria Miller, a fellow MP, said the allegations were brought vexatiously.
Maria Miller implied he may have been “forced into” signing the non-disclosure deal because it was “used to try to allow the case to be settled.”
Yet Dominic Raab is refusing to willingly pull out of the agreement.
Furthermore, according to BuzzFeed News, Dominic Raab’s legal team e-mailed the woman concerned in 2011 warning of “consequences” if she breached the agreement, and a spokesperson for Dominic Raab told BuzzFeed News: “The right time for the confidentiality obligations to be lifted on both sides for a fair and balanced airing of the dispute was before the court back in 2012.”
Theresa May is finally trying to get a legacy, and it’s about climate change, and it appears that at the moment she’s the lame duck Prime Minister, and she’s attempting to kick-start a legally binding plan for the UK to have zero carbon emissions by 2050.
The Government is setting out legislation to establish a new binding target to cut emissions. The statutory instrument will amend the current goal to cut climate pollution by 80 per cent by 2050, which was agreed by MPs under the Climate Change Act in 2008.
Hitting net zero, a 100 per cent cut in emissions will mean an end to heating of homes with conventional gas boilers, more green electricity, and a switch from petrol and diesel cars to electric vehicles, walking and cycling.
It could require people to consume less meat and dairy and take fewer flights, and any residual pollution in 2050, from aircraft, for instance, will need to be offset through measures to cut carbon such as planting trees.
Sajid Javid, the home secretary, has described himself as the change candidate in the Conservative leadership election, dismissing Boris Johnson, the favourite, as “yesterday’s news”.
At a launch event where he emphasised his upbringing as the son of immigrant parents and the contrast with his more vested competitors, he said the Tories needed a “new kind of leadership from a new kind of leader”. Asked how he differed from Boris Johnson, Javid said:
I’m a change candidate. Boris Johnson is yesterday’s news.
He’s been around in politics for a while, he’s achieved a lot, he’s still got a big role to play, but I think if we are trying to connect with the next generation and move forward as a country then I think it’s time for the next generation with a bold new agenda.
What I can do in terms of the policies, I think being able to articulate the policies, it’s not just about articulating that core message – I think the messenger makes a real difference as well.
Javid insisted his background as a leading international banker gave him the expertise required to achieve a Brexit deal. Asked how he would be able to agree on a deal, he said:
When I look at my own experience of doing deals – big international deals in the 19, 20-year career I had before I came into politics – I started at the bottom of the finance industry and finished towards the top, and that was because I built a reputation of doing many multibillion-dollar deals, including some of the largest financing and bond transactions the world had ever seen. And they weren’t easy. They weren’t straightforward. They were all involving negotiation, involving competition to win the deals.
So, while I think no one has got perfect experience to deliver Brexit because no one has done anything like it before, I think with that experience that I’ve got outside government and the experience I’ve got in government … I think I’m in a very good position to get a good Brexit deal for the United Kingdom.
Conservative leadership hopefuls including Boris Johnson hoping to push through a “deal or no deal” Brexit in October have been given a boost after MPs defeated a Labour-led struggle to begin legislation to prevent the UK leaving the EU without an agreement.
But Philip Hammond stated that Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan was unlikely as the UK wouldn’t be able to leave the EU with a deal or with a deal by the end of October, and the Conservative leadership hopeful Esther McVey has spent thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money claiming for a personal photographer on expenses.
And why does the Queen allow the Tory party to only act in the interest of themselves when they should be acting in the interest of the country?
Forget what side of the Brexit debate you’re on, the fact is that the prevailing party in government aren’t legislating for the prosperity of society, nor are they even purporting to act in the interest of its people, and they’re merely concerned with their own survival, and any pretence at good governance has gone by the wayside.
And any attempt at mitigating the whirlpool of events beyond Brexit, about shaping and familiarising our political future is just backgrounded noise, and any endeavour to address the harsh dilemmas confronting this country within has simply ground to a standstill.
And worse than that, those government ministers such as Michael Gove now actively ignore the truth, and he’s attempted to allege that racially motivated brutality has not risen, and to put it in simple terms, the government has stopped governing.
We are a nation that has been decapitated, and the only concern our government has is with their future and not ours.
Violent crime has risen by 19 per cent in the last year. Life expectancy has declined by 13 months for men and 14 months for women, and five million people are now in precarious and low paid work.
The amount of children in absolute poverty has increased by 200,000 in 17/18, and the number of pensioners in relative poverty rose in the same period from 17 per cent to 18 per cent.
Literacy is falling too, and to such an extent that it’s predicted that by 2030 we will have dropped four places on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) index.
Forty-four NHS hospitals are in deficit, and this increases to 90 per cent of acute treatment centres, and all of this is happening right now, in front of our very eyes and yet we haven’t even started to scratch the surface of the difficulties plaguing us, yet our government are not prepared to do anything about it.
Our government are actually showing no leadership or moral backbone when it comes to tackling the growing problems facing ordinary people from every class. Instead, they’re more involved in finding a new leader and delivering a Brexit with no actual benefits.
So, back to the original question, why does the Queen permit this state of affairs to continue? And how can she sit idly by while her government literally play games with themselves rather than actually govern?
How much longer can this country survive this assault on its very being before the Queen stands up and says enough is enough, you have failed? The problem is, as the Head of State, the Queen has to remain stringently neutral with respect to political matters, and her only role involves ceremonial and formal functions in relationship to the government of the UK.
The Queen has the power to create governments, and the Queen has before utilised the authority to dissolve Parliament and call a general election, but the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act put an end to that in 2011, and now a two-thirds vote in the commons is required to dissolve Parliament before a five-year fixed-term is up.
Can the Queen of England dismiss the Prime Minister? She can because her Majesty Queen Elizabeth is the one who actually appoints the Prime Minister, so technically she could ignore a General Election, and further has the ability to dismiss the Prime Minister, who serves at her pleasure because the Prime Minister is simply that, the prime or most important minister that the monarch has.
The Queen, however, holds no political power, but she still has a powerful pull over British society.