Boris bails out

Boris Johnson dropped an unexpected bombshell into the British political system when he announced that he will not stand in the upcoming election for leader of the Conservative Party and hence British PM.  Boris was the favorite and expected candidate of most people, especially since he was a leader of the Brexit vote and a friend of PM David Cameron.  But, apparently his former good friend and colleague in the Brexit campaign Michael Gove, decided himself to stand and not support Boris.  This apparently led to an argument between them and Boris bailed out.

Gove himself is a more serious contender for the premiership than Boris.  So is Home Secretary Theresa May, who has years of experience in that position and, although she was a mild supporter of the remain campaign with the EU, she is thought to be perhaps the best qualified to govern.  However, Gove is right that at this moment in time it is probably necessary that a leader of the Brexit campaign should be PM, and this leaves him as the most likely candidate.  He gave a somewhat earnest but rousing speech to announce his candidacy, and although it was high on platitudes and wishful thinking, it was sufficiently serious to merit his consideration for the leadership.  He may well become the next Conservative PM of the UK, and this may be the end of Boris Johnson’s political career.  I hope not, since he always gave a certain amount of levity to ponderous occasions.

Meanwhile the Labour Party is in meltdown, with over 50 leading members of the Parliamentary Party announcing that they do not support Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Party.  This is mainly because it is felt that he gave a lackluster performance against the Brexit and failed to persuade most party members to vote against.  Now 500 Labour Councils throughout the country have announced they do not support Corbyn. However, unlike David Cameron, the Conservative PM, Corbyn is refusing to fall on his sword and resign.  He claims he has the support of a majority of the rank and file of the Party, and intends to run in a new election for leader.  Most people think that he has been a mediocre leader at best, and there is little doubt his days are numbered.  Who will replace him is an even greater mystery than the Conservative Party leadership race.

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