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Will It Be Boris Or Michael Or Andrea Or....? [Jun. 13th, 2019|11:06 am]
Tony Grist
I've no idea who- out of the current line-up- would make the most serviceable prime minister- and since no-one's asking me it doesn't matter.

I only note that if the lot falls on Boris Johnson we'll be treated to our most flamboyant PM since Winston Churchill.

People resist the comparison with Churchill because Churchill is "The Greatest Briton Who Ever Lived" and Boris is just Boris. But the truth that the legend obscures is that Churchill's political career- if you set aside the golden patch at the beginning of the war- was largely one of misjudgement and failure. I'm not making a pitch for Boris, I'm just saying you can't judge a person by their record.

We've been hearing a lot about the candidates' drug use: who took what and when and in what quantities, whether they enjoyed it and how sorry they now are. It's all rather silly- and I can't believe the journalists who keep pushing the question really think it matters. Gove took cocaine, Leadsom smoked weed, Boris has probably sampled everything that came his way. This marks them out as adventurous/conformist (it could be either) and entirely typical of their generation. Churchill drank too much. So what?

I'll admit a sneaking regard for Rory Stewart. His looks and manner- part boy scout, part 17th century Spanish saint- suggest that he's a serious person.

[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2019-06-15 09:19 am (UTC)
The cocaine use matters with regard to Gove because of his hypocrisy. At the time he was taking it, he was a journalist condemning people in his articles for taking drugs. Later, as Secretary of State for Education, he brought in legislation to ban teachers for life if caught taking the very drug he used to indulge in.

If Johnson makes it to the final two, he'll be elected Tory leader. If this were fiction, I'd make Gove and Johnson the final two for greatest dramatic effect, seeing as it was Gove who backstabbed Johnson last time when May won. As it's not fiction, I don't know who will be up against Johnson, but I wish they would just declare him leader and have it done with. It would save a lot of time and time is short.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-06-15 10:07 am (UTC)
I don't know why it has to take so long. Couldn't the MPs whittle the candidates down within 24 hours and then refer the final two to the membership the following day? It's not as if the electorate were huge and far-flung. I can only suppose they're in love with the drama of the process.

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