Boris Johnson had an unhappy birthday as he was branded a racist unfit for office, and while the former Foreign Secretary managed to tighten his grasp on the Tory crown in the latest leadership vote, the Mirror Chicken brought him down a peck or two as he proceeded to evade some big questions.
Boris Johnson, who just turned 55, secured 143 votes in the latest ballot, up 17 on Tuesday.
He said: “Thank you again for your support, especially on my birthday! We’ve come a long way but we have much further to go.”
International Development Secretary Rory Stewart, who began the race as an outsider but bookies had made second-favourite, was the latest hopeful to drop out after getting only 27 votes, 10 fewer than on Tuesday.
The next vote is Thursday and MPs will decide between Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Sajid Javid, Environment Secretary Michael Gove and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, but while Boris Johnson continues the runaway favourite, his now tarnished standing has experienced a fresh bruising.
Citing the gaffe-prone Brexiteer’s previous comments, Scottish National Party leader Ian Blackford told the Commons “not only is [Mr Johnson] racist, he is stoking division in communities and has a record of dishonesty”.
Avoiding a criticism from the Speaker, he said Mr Johnson has “called Muslim women ‘letterboxes’, described African people as having ‘watermelon smiles’ and another disgusting slur that I would never dignify by repeating”.
He added: “If that’s not racist, I don’t know what is. Does the minister honestly believe that this man is fit for the office of Prime Minister?”
Outside, Jeremy Corbyn’s spokesperson said: “ Boris Johnson has clearly made a series of troubling Islamophobic and racially charged comments going back over an extremely long period of time.”
The blasts came after Boris Johnson’s day got off to a poor start when the Mirror Chicken put him in a flap yet again, but he was given a birthday cake outside his South London flat, and as he set off to Parliament ahead of the leadership vote, he was still dodging questions on why there should not be a general election, given he called for one when Gordon Brown took over from Tony Blair in 2007.
Boris Johnson was boosted in the poll by the support of ex- Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, who stated he was the sole person who could guarantee Brexit by October 31, and his nearest rival Jeremy Hunt got 54 votes, followed by nearest rival Mr Hunt who got 54 votes, followed by Michael Gove with 51 and Sajid Javid with 38.
Mr Stewart said of his departure: “I am so moved and inspired by the support I have received. It has given me new faith in politics, in our country.”
And as the two hours of voting commenced, Mr Stewart had accused competitors of using “dark arts” to blast his bid and gave possible backers city status for constituencies in a bid for support.
Theresa May again declined to disclose who she backed, waggling her finger as she said: “I told you yesterday, none of your business.”
The fourth and fifth rounds will leave two competitors standing. The decision is expected by late afternoon, and the expected 160,000 Tory Party members will then decide between them, with the victor announced in the week starting July 22.
Meanwhile, an employment solicitor who challenged the leadership candidates during the live BBC debate was suspended from his position over a former social media remark, and law firm Leigh Day is investigating a tweet by Aman Thakar, a former Labour candidate in a South London local council election.
Earlier, Imam Abdullah Patel, who asked about Islamophobia in the TV debate, was suspended from his mosque and the school he works at amid a probe over past remarks on Israel. The BBC stated he would not have been chosen to quiz hopefuls had they been known.
And Boris Johnson being a bigot, sexist, Islamaphobe and simply an idiot will seemingly get him in as Prime Minister, what a sad world we live in, and people need to wake up and smell the coffee, and in the end the United Kingdom is going to be controlled by a host of Establishment, posh boys.
The Conservatives operate at the huge double standard as it seems does the speaker, Mr Bercow, and Boris Johnson has made some dreadful comments about Scotland and the Scottish people which shows the attitudes of the Conservative party who would be delighted to see the break up of the United Kingdom to deliver Brexit, and the Conservatives are effectively all by themselves causing the break up of this once magnificent country.
We should truly question why Boris Johnson is the favourite to win, and it should actually make us question what is really going on, and anyone with half a brain must realise that he’s not fit to be Prime Minister, his track record demonstrates that over and over again.
As for his private life, well it’s his life, but now he’s a confirmed liar, but then all politicians lie, but Boris Johnson is so blatant about it, and he couldn’t care less, and he’s certainly no diplomat, he’s demonstrated that often enough, and it really doesn’t make any sense why he’s the favourite for Prime Minister.
Perhaps they’re using him as the fall guy, but then that wouldn’t make much sense because if that was the cause it could lead to a general election, which they don’t want.
Perhaps I’m a little thick and need to be treated like a six-year-old, but out of all the competitors, Boris Johnson is the least equipped to do the job, and even those who back him, evade the obvious questions about his competence and simply bang on about what a fabulous mayor he was et cetera.
Perhaps it’s just my paranoia kicking in, but I can’t help but question what is really going on and if there’s some concealed agenda, and to be fair I don’t think much of the competitors. There’s the fool Boris Johnson, who lies more than Pinocchio, then there’s Michael Gove and the only vision he sees is Vision Express, and then there’s Sajid Javid who looks like a boiled egg with a face, and then there’s the miry looking Jeremy Hunt.
Jeremy Hunt made a mess of the NHS and now believes he can run a country… the four of them are pitiful, and let’s pray that Theresa May doesn’t leave her bloomers on the bedroom radiator when she leaves No. 10, as those four look more into knicker sniffing than running a country.
It appears that the Tories are only supporting unfit for office Boris Johnson because they’re hoping they’ll get a top position in his cabinet, putting the wicked Tory party before industry and the country and its people because the despicable Tories only think about saving their own bacon.
But maybe that precisely why Boris Johnson will become the next Prime Minister because Tory members see him as some sort of hero who will sort out Brexit and reverse political correctness, but the whole world knows that Boris Johnson is a bigot, fool, stupid, pretentious, bloated, elitist, right-wing nincompoop, but that’s why they’re Tories, they’re all mini-Boris’s, and if it walks like a racist, quacks like a racist, makes as many references that are blatantly racist, it’s Boris.
Boris Johnson’s supposedly good job left London as the most polluted city in the EU and saddled taxpayers with a £950 billion burden for his failed vanity schemes, and people want his ridiculous fool in charge of the nation’s finances, why? Good grief!
Boris Johnson is a continual liar, adulterer and fraudster, but the principal judgment against him should be that he’s just incompetent and unfit for purpose. He’s a total liar, and as mayor, he cut all parks police officers under a bog off, and following 3 years the contracts concluded and parks police suffered and now parks aren’t patrolled as much, and whoever wins now, we lose.