Boris Johnson’s poisoned chalice

If Johnson becomes prime minister it will be as leader of a minority government trying to shepherd the most divisive policy in decades through a hostile Parliament.

As I wrote yesterday, the success of the Stewart campaign may well galvanise Tory moderates on the backbenches, especially if they are suddenly joined by a swath of ex-Cabinet ministers.

And all this points to the rather large contradiction in the foundations of a future Johnson government.

– Lovely vision, what about Brexit? –

As James Forsyth details in The Spectator and the Evening Standard (read: George Osborne) sets out in its endorsement of Johnson, his administration is expected to be socially liberal, invest heavily in infrastructure, have a few tax-cuts and generally aim to be a unifying force that heals the divisions that lead to the Brexit vote.

Yet to get to that point, Johnson will have to get Brexit done. And he’s shown no indication of how he intends to keep both the Remainers and the hardline Brexiteers and DUP happy when he inevitably has to make a choice.

Get it wrong, and his could be the shortest premiership ever.

The Front Bench

TAP – Somehow this must have a role for Farage and The Brexit Party.   No doubt plenty of skulduggery to follow.  Postal voting fraud will be used to keep The Brexit Party out of it.  Then what?   Boris doing a Cromwell and sending the idiots in Parliament packing, re-establish voting systems that work and then restart elections?  What other way would there be to undo Rothschild control of Westminster?

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