Pathetic Tory rebels must now unite behind Boris Johnson and deliver for the British people


DEFEAT Tory rebels must take a hard look at themselves today.

They should have given Boris another year to turn things around.

Defeated Tory rebels should have given Boris another year to turn things around


Defeated Tory rebels should have given Boris another year to turn things aroundPhoto credit: AFP

Instead, they unleashed a bloody civil war at the worst possible time for a country mired in a cost-of-living crisis and in dire need of focused leadership.

The 148 Tory MPs who voted against the Prime Minister in a vote of confidence last night also presented a gift to the Labor Party.

The Prime Minister insists the result will allow him to end Partygate and move the country forward. The rebels probably have other ideas.

We have already heard childish threats to refuse to coordinate with the government. They must understand that this will do infinitely more harm to their party than any Prime Minister’s problems ever could.

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Even if they eventually oust him, voters will see them as a divided bunch. That will hand No10’s keys to Keir Starmer, a charmless chancer who’s obviously still confused by the facts of life.


The cold reality is that this was a rebellion, mostly by panicked, faint of heart who had no stomach for battle.

The results were spinelessly swayed by the incessant negativity from Partygate, a few months of disheartening mid-term polls and, even more pathetically, the Prime Minister being booed in Labor stronghold London.

What stunning disloyalty to a man whose charisma and ruthlessness in the toxic, Remainer-filled Parliament of 2019 won a vast majority and surrendered their seats to dozens of them.

A few are die-hard remainers who openly hope to force Britain back into the clutches of the EU. They and others are simply more comfortable with middle-class Lib Dems than the crucial Tory converts won by Boris in the Red Wall.

The PM can draw little consolation from his victory. His handling of Partygate was poor and he is badly wounded. He has to pick himself up, learn from it and govern as we still trust him.

He got a lot of big calls right: Covid jabs. Leadership of the free world in Ukraine.

But if he is to survive now, he must implement the kind of conservative policies that won him his election.

This means, first and foremost, reducing the enormous tax burden that is hitting families already hit by the cost-of-living crisis. It means using the Brexit independence HE won to reduce regulations that stifle businesses.

It means standing up to critics of Rwanda’s deportation program for illegal migrants and making it work.

He must also recognize that his woes are not ALL due to medium-term discontent and partygate.

His government looks helpless. He must reset it quickly with a major reshuffle of his tenuous cabinet – which seems far more interested in announcing policies than implementing them – to bring in new blood.

Difficult days are ahead for Boris now and he has more big decisions to make. Pathetic Tory rebels must now unite behind Boris Johnson and deliver for the British people


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