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Pull something out of your hat, Boris, or lose the Red Wall

BORIS JOHNSON has an amazing ability to make his opponents go crazy with rage.

His problem just now was that too many opponents were on his side.

Boris Johnson now needs to work some magic and start delivering on his election promises

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Boris Johnson now needs to work some magic and start delivering on his election promises

There were yawning gaps on the bench behind him at this week’s Prime Minister’s Questions, as Conservative MPs showed their anger by refusing to support him.

They are very angry with the Prime Minister for mishandling the whole question of MPs and the second job.

The Conservative Party in Parliament is split in the middle, with older MPs – many of whom have large outside incomes – angry with him for not upholding their traditional right to extra money.

Meanwhile, the new MPs – elected in 2019 in Red Wall seats arrested from Labor – are par with him for failing to get rid of what they look and many of their constituencies like. pure greed.

Both groups complain that on this divisive issue, Mr Johnson wants – as he himself might put it – to have his cake and eat it. The Red Wall holds the key to the Prime Minister’s future.

Even his harshest critics conceded that at the December 2019 General Election he showed a remarkable ability to convince Labor voters that they would be better off under a government led by himself. That achievement is now at stake.

Lack of progress to level up town

This week on HS2, the failure to stop migrants pouring through the Channel in record numbers and the lack of visible progress to level the neglected Red Wall towns of the north of England, all hold the Prime Minister accountable. He is a leader who doesn’t keep his promises.

No wonder he spent Thursday touring the North by train, in an effort to convince voters that his new rail plan was better than the one it replaced.

As a salesman, Mr. Johnson was unrivalled. But by the time the next General Election, in 2023 or 2024, voters will be looking for tangible proof of the transfer.

In the seats of the Red Wall, rotting for generations by both main parties, there must be signs of a revival.

The condition of the local highway will be important. Is it just up and down shops and junk shops, or is it again someplace where people can enjoy walking down and feeling proud?

Do new industries fill the void left by the collapse of old industries? Have local bus and train services really gotten better?

He was denounced as a coward, a liar, gullible and incompetent who brought shame to his country and deserved immediate dismissal.

Andrew Gimson

At the last election, Mr Johnson led a bold and successful march into Labor territory. Now he has to show he can hold that territory, and his Red Wall MPs will keep him there.

It is certainly too early to wipe him out. It is perfectly normal for a leader’s poll rating to be dropped, as he did, midway through Parliament.

The verdict at the bottom of the ballot box is what matters. And the Prime Minister continues to be lucky at the caliber of his opponents. Each time he comes across a sticky patch, they move in to kill and attack him under conditions that cannot be measured.

He was denounced as a coward, a liar, gullible and incompetent who brought shame to his country and deserved immediate dismissal.

All of this sounds a bit extreme, to the average, educated person who isn’t obsessed with politics.

Of course, Mr. Johnson has his fault. Which politician? But can he be quite as bad as his critics seek to paint him? And are they as virtuous as they seek to paint themselves?

Many of those critics are still furious at the lead Mr Johnson has played in getting Brexit done. They weren’t as scandalized by his morals as they pretended to be. What they really cannot forgive is his success.

Hard to mess his hair

It seemed monstrously unfair to them, an insult to the natural order of things, which they – despite exchanging highly-minded opinions all day, every day. day – was defeated by a man who did not even bother combing. his hair.

Mr. Johnson was indeed very difficult to get his hair out of his head, if he happened to see that the morning was neat and tidy.

In this way, he signals to his supporters that he is not a native. That he wasn’t yet another generous member of the organization, who always looked down on the inferiors in the back who didn’t know how to behave.

But there’s a reason when it’s not enough to eloquently, promise and assure people that you’re on their side.

Mr. Johnson must now make good on his good words, and especially his promise to upgrade the neglected chairs at the Red Wall.

  • Andrew Gimson is the author of Boris: The Making Of The Prime Minister.
Mr Johnson must show his good words, and especially his promise to upgrade the neglected chairs at the Red Wall

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Mr Johnson must show his good words, and especially his promise to upgrade the neglected chairs at the Red WallCredit: Getty
Andrew Gimson is the author of Boris: The Making Of The Prime Minister

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Andrew Gimson is the author of Boris: The Making Of The Prime Minister
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