THE United Kingdom is awaiting new leadership. And tonight we’re asking – what’s next for this zombie government? Piers Morgan sa
THE United Kingdom is awaiting new leadership.
And tonight we’re asking – what’s next for this zombie government?
Boris Johnson today resigned as PM outside Downing St[/caption]
What’s next for the Conservative Party?
Most importantly, what’s next for the United Kingdom?
It’s all up for grabs.
But what’s next for Boris Johnson is now certain: retirement to the political wilderness.
A couple of years ago he seemed untouchable – Britain’s blond knight; the great man who got Brexit done.
But in the end, he was undone by his own deficiencies – lie after lie, scandal after scandal.
If he hadn’t partied through lockdown, breaking the Covid laws he made, and looked after cronies who were hideously unfit for office, who knows how long he could’ve served?
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In the end, he lasted 27 fewer days than Theresa May – the leader with no legacy.
And what will Boris Johnson’s legacy now be?
He was the Covid Prime Minister. And he was disastrously bad at that, apart from the vaccine rollout.
Brexit remains half done, with a sticking plaster on the Northern Ireland problem that somebody else will now have to solve.
So for many people, it’s good riddance to Boris tonight.
Many people in this country, in the opposition, and in his own Conservative Party are happy to see him go.
The Russians say they’re happy too – unsurprisingly. Johnson’s most statesmanlike moment came in his early interventions in Ukraine’s war.
But even that chapter of the Boris Johnson story was mired in scandal as ‘Partygate’ erupted around him.
Now his political career is finally over.
And this is the moment it all came crashing down.
It may be the best job in the world but it’s not Boris Johnson’s job anymore.
And he certainly wasn’t the best at doing it.
After three chaotic years of disorder and deceit in Number 10, it took just two dramatic days of tension and treachery in Westminster to nail Johnson’s political coffin.
A staggering 61 members of his government walked out after Sajid Javid and Rishi Sunak triggered the avalanche on Monday night.
But it was a moment of Machiavellian mendacity that finished him.
Nadhim Zahawi, appointed chancellor just two days ago, ordering the Prime Minister to quit – on Treasury letterheaded paper he’d surely only just had printed.
Johnson’s new education secretary also Michelle Donelan walked out this morning.
And so it became clear that the greased piglet had simply run out of grease.
The Prime Minister will continue squatting in Number 10 for now.
He’s out as Tory leader but will run what’s left of his government until the Conservative Party picks a new leader. That process could drag on until autumn.
So Johnson’s reshuffling his cabinet today – offering deckchairs on the Titanic to whoever’s willing to sit in them.
But the lame-duck is now a dead duck.
And Britain faces the bizarre spectacle of a zombie government and an internal Conservative Party election at a time of soaring inflation, an energy crisis, and a raging war in Europe.
Some MPs are still trying to force him out now.
Others are busy priming their supporters for the leadership race.
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So will Boris bluster on until Autumn?
History is being made today.