Media discovers Boris Johnson’s ambition — Analysis
According to reports, the ousted leader of UK aims to return power after his replacement is unsuccessful
Boris Johnson is reported to have already considered another attempt at the top job after being made to resign from the UK’s prime ministership by his own party. This comes amid expectations that his replacement would struggle and could be restored to power.
“He thinks whoever replaces him might be a disaster, and we could be back here in a few years’ time having lost a general election looking for someone with the dynamism to propel the party back into power,”Citation from Sunday Times Newspaper “Downing Street insider”It is a common saying. “He thinks he is that person.”
Johnson remains in office despite the scandals which led to his resignation. “convinced of his popularity with the party grassroots and the wider public,”According to the Sunday Times. “Multiple sources claim he believes he will one day return as prime minister, like his hero Sir Winston Churchill.”
Johnson will continue to be prime minister, until the Conservative Party selects a successor. The two finalist are Rishi Sunak (formerly chancellor at the exchequer) and Liz Truss (currently British foreign secretary). They will be announced as the winners on September 5.
With the Tories marred by scandal and plagued by infighting, polling indicates that only Sunak would be able to beat the opposition Labour Party in the next general election – and only by a slim margin, the Sunday Times said. Current government “paralysed by indecision,”The passage of key legislation is currently in limbo
In the same newspaper was the assertion that Johnson’s Conservative Party colleagues have faced backlash from their constituents. It raises fears of electoral losses similar to what happened after Margaret Thatcher lost power to the Tories in 1990. “I think we may have f**ked up,”One lawmaker stated.
A petition calling for Johnson to be on the ballot alongside Truss, Sunak and Truss has been signed by more than 7,600 Tories. Billionaire party supporter Peter Cruddas has threatened to withhold a £500,000 donation if Johnson isn’t given a chance at re-election.
Tim MontgomerieA former Johnson advisor, stated that the troubled politician hopes for a swift return to No. 10 Downing Street. “Boris is telling aides that he’ll be PM again within a year,” Montgomerie said.
Johnson will make another trip to Poland, one last act of his tenure as PM. “show solidarity with Ukraine” amid Kiev’s conflict with Russia, the Sunday Times said.