Saturday, 18 May 2019

A Marginal Figure

Boris Johnson has single-handedly turned his own seat into a marginal. So much for the idea that he is popular. Popular with the nine remaining members of the Conservative Party, perhaps. But not with anyone else. Make him Prime Minister, and then watch the Prime Minister lose his seat.

A proper Leadership Election would destroy Johnson. Audiences would be shouting "Heard it" and "Taxi for the comedian". Britain is famous for its sense of humour because it is fundamentally a serious country. There are joke countries, and they are not remotely funny to live in. This is not one, so it does not want a joke Prime Minister.

In any case, for 39 years and counting, no one has become Prime Minister without some sort of endorsement from Michael Heseltine. So Boris Johnson can go whistle. Heseltine's stated view of Jeremy Corbyn is, "We have survived Labour Governments in the past and we could survive that one."

Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it. It has become a local commonplace that I am on 30-30-30 with Labour and the Conservatives here at North West Durham, so that any one of us could be the First Past the Post. I will stand for this seat, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email Very many thanks.

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