BORIS JOHNSON just keeps surviving.
He has survived more political write-offs than almost every other MP combined.
This year he survived the Partygate fiasco.
Last week he survived a no-confidence vote by his own MPs.
But the question he should be asking himself now is, “For what?”
What’s the use of just surviving if he doesn’t do anything? Except that he’s not Keir Starmer.
Johnson came into office in 2019 with a whopping 80 seats. Most of this came from voters who wanted him to finally come to Brexit.
Finally, to do credit to the Prime Minister, he actually took us out of the EU.
But he still failed to take advantage of the opportunity this has given our country.
He left unfinished business by keeping us under the rule of some European laws.
And the only policies his government seems interested in are self-destructive, green-obsessed ones.
Who voted him into office?
But Johnson is lucky. And this week his rivals have been keen to keep him in office. Accidentally, of course.
Because just when his position looked threatened, one of his own MPs, Tobias Ellwood, inadvertently helped save him.
Ellwood suddenly announced that the best way to solve all problems in the UK is to rejoin the EU single market.
Other MPs stormed into Ellwood. And the Prime Minister must have breathed a sigh of relief.
Because here’s a reminder of the one thing that’s most likely to save him as Prime Minister – the knowledge that there are people out there who want to undo the one thing he did and get us back into the EU .
It’s not a smooth movement.
Later this month, Tony Blair will call a large gathering of pro-Remain figures.
Pro-EU activists from politics and of course the BBC will meet in London.
And they have many high-profile supporters.
Only recently die-hard EU friend Michael Heseltine pondered that without Johnson there might be no Brexit.
SIGHS OF RELIEF
It was a fervent wish from the fevered Heseltine, who has destroyed his reputation with his spitting anti-Brexit rants in recent years.
But it was also a statement with some truth.
If Johnson leaves, could the next Labor or Conservative leader be someone who wants to bring us back into the EU?
Look at the people being touted as Johnson’s successors.
Certainly they include some strong Brexit numbers.
But one of the names that keeps popping up as a possible Conservative leader is Jeremy Hunt, another ardent supporter of the EU.
He campaigned for Remain in the 2016 referendum.
Any changes in his position since then are only doing what he feels he needs to do to appeal to his party.
But if Hunt were ever to become leader of the Conservatives, the Brexit issue would certainly come back to the table.
It would be the same if Starmer’s Labor Party ever came into office. Starmer himself is decidedly pro-EU.
Like his colleagues in the shadow cabinet.
In fact, principled anti-EU votes in the Labor Party have almost all left the House of Commons. Or mute yourself.
Would a Starmer government willingly comply with the post-Brexit deal?
Or could it keep trying to convince the British that we only have to take this step or that to get back into the EU?
And it’s not just politicians who are playing this game.
As we know from the last few years, much of the civil service is still staffed by anti-Brexit political activists.
Public service has become heavily politicized in recent decades.
Not least during Tony Blair’s reign.
And we were reminded this week of what that can lead to.
In the Ministry of the Interior, some officials put up stickers throughout the department.
“We have the backbone to say ‘No Minister,'” they boast. “No to hostile milieus, no to the closure of democracy, no to racist deportations.”
Have no illusions, these messages are a direct attack on your boss.
Some Home Office activists believe Home Secretary Priti Patel is pursuing “racist” immigration policies. Wishing the UK had real borders.
Officials tasked with enforcing the UK’s borders are actually working against that country and its borders.
Why don’t they go and work elsewhere, you might ask?
Because they know they are more effective if they stay in the Home Office and work against the government from there.
So this is part of the force this country is up against.
And it’s most likely that Johnson will remain at No. 10 for now.
All former prime ministers, ministers, activist journalists and civil servants are dying to bring us back to the EU.
As long as they remain vocal, Johnson will remain in office.
But what an opportunity he will miss if that is all his PM is about.
It’s not enough to survive. The point of survival is to do something about it. We’ll see if he ever does.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5547215/boris-johnson-stop-surviving-brexit-bonuses/ If Boris leaves, the next PM, Tory or Labor will bring us BACK to the EU