Many insiders think Johnson will be lucky to last the week. He’ll be replaced by another horror from among the Tories – but only horrors sit on the front bench opposite to replace them
Boris Johnson stuttered and stammered through Prime Minister’s Questions today and is under more pressure from his own back benches than from Labour’s front bench as his toxicity climbs in the face of ‘partygate’, the scandal of the multiple parties at Number 10 during lockdown. Many parliamentary insiders say that his ‘Teflon coating’ has finally come unstuck and that the murderous blond fool will be lucky to last the week.
In the short term, Johnson will be replaced after his fall by another horror – perhaps one even more monstrous, with Priti Patel and Liz Truss considered in line to succeed him. But the people of this country do not face a meaningful choice between genuinely different alternatives that they had and squandered when Jeremy Corbyn was making and winning the arguments on the need for real change.
Keir Starmer’s decision this week to whip MPs to abstain (yet again) on a bill of vast importance to the struggling and vulnerable people of this country – the Tories’ wish to put another cap on benefits spending after already cutting £20 a week from the meagre support for those worst off – the people the Labour party supposedly exists to serve and protect.
Only 14 brave Labour MPs had the courage and principle to refuse his order and vote against the Tory measure – and it’s a certainty that the Labour right has already mobilised to deselect them before the next election. Trigger ballots are already in preparation.
Meanwhile, having shredded every one of the promises that persuaded Labour members to gamble on electing him as party leader, Starmer is desperately trying to persuade billionaires that they can trust the party he has almost bankrupted not to do anything that will inconvenience them or force them to pay their fair share.
As a result of this ongoing political cowardice and emptiness, Starmer’s personal approval ratings continue to tumble even in the face of Johnson’s self-inflicted implosion. It’s a staggering ‘achievement’ to grow less popular than the buffoon opposite when the buffoon is responsible for mass needless deaths and is drowning under a sea of his own lies.
If a change of government does come at the next general election, it will merely be a question of rosette colour, not of genuine difference. That blighted political desert is a tragedy for this country and particularly for the millions suffering poverty, hunger, cold and insecurity in the face of an Establishment on both sides of the Commons united in its contempt for them.
But it is more than tragedy. It is a knowing and unforgivable betrayal.
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