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So, is Boris running then?

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43 thoughts on “So, is Boris running then?”

  1. That would be hilarious.

    To speed things along the MPs should choose just one candidate, so that the membership aren’t troubled by a pointless choice that will just be overturned 43 days later.

    Maybe Boris is that candidate.

  2. “Asta la vista, baby.”
    Boris Johnson MP

    It was never meant to mean “Goodbye”, but rather “See you later”.

    Looks like “Later” is getting earlier these days.

  3. Still in office longer than one of our presidents, William Henry Harrison. Caught pneumonia during his long-winded inauguration speech and died exactly one month later. What a douchebag!

  4. And just when, after the Brexit, Covid, and BJ three-ring circuses.. You thought things couldn’t get any more “Inmates running the Asylum” clusterfuxxed..

    Whatever they’re doing, “representing the interests of the nation” they’re not. Quite blatantly so…

  5. LOL!

    ITV’s Robert Peston has called the new Chancellor ‘Jeremy C***’, becoming the latest presenter to make the on-air blunder.

    The political editor, 62, made the slip-up while discussing a tumultuous Wednesday which saw the Home Secretary resign and reports of tear-ups in the Commons over fracking.

  6. Rishi for the shoe-in?

    Word from the Jafar camp is that he “hasss no choiccccceeee” but to stand. Or so one of his little henchpeople said, before devouring a live guinea pig.

    Because Rishi is, ah, burdened by a desire to serve the public, would you believe?

  7. Unlike the bookies favourite Sunak, Boris wasn’t rejected by the membership less than 2 months ago. Sunak was actually beaten by Truss, let that sink in.

    Unlike their second favourite Mordaunt, he hasn’t been rejected by the MPs less than 3 months ago. Even among MPs she was considered inferior to Sunak and Truss, let that sink in.

    Just this once I will quote Mrs Clinton:-
    “At this stage what difference does it make?”.

    P.s. why not go full clown show and appoint the stunning and brave (albeit untalented, untrustworthy, unqualified and unsuitable – just like his predecessor in other words) Jamie Wallis for PM. Let’s show America and Admiral Rachel Levine how it’s really done.

  8. why not go full clown show and appoint the stunning and brave (albeit untalented, untrustworthy, unqualified and unsuitable – just like his predecessor in other words) Jamie Wallis for PM

    Sounds like a bum deal.

  9. John,

    The MPs thought that Liz Truss was a Really Good Candidate to be prime minister as the “Stop Sunak” option.

    How’s that working out for us all, then? Good performance? Political success?

    In political terms it doesn’t matter who actually gets to be PM – they’re just going to be playing King Cnut to the incoming tide before they lose the next election (either when their five years run out, or when a Vote of No Confidence goes through) which will trigger another change of leadership… who’ll spend a Parliament or two on the Opposition benches vainly wailing at Labour’s supermajority, trying to explain that the Tories really have sorted themselves out, and their MPs are no longer a pack of confused, squabbling, spineless jellyfish making more squealing U-turns than a chav in a barried-up Vauxhall Nova in Macdonald’s car park.

    Practically it’s a Bad Thing that we’ve got financial problems, war in Ukraine, an energy crisis and all sorts of other issues going on and the supposed “natural party of government” is busy forming a circular firing squad to put themselves out of office for a generation. Whoever gets into No. 10 is going to discover that their party – and thus the country – is currently ungovernable.

    So, Truss has spent her entire political life seeking advancement and power, and clawed her way into Downing Street as a Conservative PM… to manage the dual accomplishments of setting a new record for “shortest tenure in job”, and making Keir Starmer and his Labour Party look like a credible alternative.

    If I believed in conspiracy rather than cockup I’d be going over her accounts to see who’d been paying her to do this…

  10. I want to go full bolshevik now. Rolling power cuts to show the ecocunts how the world works, mass bankruptcies of zombie firms, the full Ecksian.
    Then let Starmer and his crew of retards sort it out.

  11. Bloke in North Dorset

    That would be hilarious.

    To speed things along the MPs should choose just one candidate, so that the membership aren’t troubled by a pointless choice that will just be overturned 43 days later.

    Maybe Boris is that candidate.

    I got the impression the 1922 committee has changed the rules so its MPs only because she has reported and she said she told the King she’ll be replaced in a week, but I haven’t seen anything official.

  12. BiND – that was also my take:

    We’ve agreed that there will be a leadership election, to be completed within the next week.

    I thought the last Tory leadership election was unnecessarily long, but they really are aving a larf now. Maybe they’re planning to spin up a secure online voting system and roll it out to tens of thousands of Conservative Party members “within the next week” but my guess is they’re just going to tell their own paypigs to fuck off again.

    Jason Lynch – MPs are no longer a pack of confused, squabbling, spineless jellyfish making more squealing U-turns than a chav in a barried-up Vauxhall Nova in Macdonald’s car park

    Splendid word-slinging.

  13. Martin Near The M25

    I was going to write a longer post but after deleting three attempts I think I’ll sum up with – We’re doomed!

  14. “If I believed in conspiracy rather than cockup I’d be going over her accounts to see who’d been paying her to do this…”

    Looked far more like a hostage situation to me. All the way from that lame duck creating 40-45% u-turn onwards.

  15. “The MPs thought that Liz Truss was a Really Good Candidate to be prime minister as the “Stop Sunak” option.“

    Because they didn’t want a “Stop Sunak” option, and thought she’d be so unacceptable to the membership that they’d be forced to vote for him. She was literally the “Yeah, you want to stop Sunak but here’s what we’re gonna give you instead” option. Which shows you what the members think of Sunak.

  16. I remember when it went to the membership, Steve and I agreeing (OMG, etc) that the “system” would go all out to discredit Truss and so ensure Sunak got into office. We were just wrong about the timing.

    Boris being back in the running will really upset the club drinks cart.

  17. The funniest part is the bookies odds for next labour leader. Their clear favourite is Andy “Mid Staffs” Burnham followed by Wes Streeting, Rachel Reeves and Crayons Rayner.

    At least if Burnham gets the gig and the tories follow my suggestion and select Jamie Wallis we could have a despatch box mascara face-off.

  18. Nigel was saying on GBN yesterday that the SDP option was the only way forward. If enough MPs, including some heavyweight ex cabinet ministers, left the Tory party and set up a new one or joined Reform, they might put enough pressure on the rump Tories to stymie the rejoiners and greenies. They could even replace them in two or three elections time.

    Of course, Nige would be there offering his support.

    I can see certain obstacles to this plan though, the first being the current lot are too cowardly to even try. Then there’s the notion of heavyweight ex cabinet ministers, ha bloody ha. And the idea that we might be allowed two or three elections after the next one seems a bit of a long shot at the moment.

    Still, interesting times and all that.

  19. The fun one would be to invite the leader of His Majesty’s Opposition to attempt to form a government, there are enough wets in parliament who might cross the floor with the right encouragement, and good riddance. Sir Kia would then have to spend two years dealing with the fallout of the fuckwittery that for the previous 3 years he’d saying was good, but decrying as not hard enough, and then have to fight another general election.

  20. Would love it if Liz Truss went for a reverse May in her last few days in office.
    A free vote to repeal net-zero.
    The beauty of it would be that we’d have a list of names to consider for the Orleans stake as we shiver in our homes in January 2025 (or whenever the GE is), and it would be immense trolling.

  21. A free vote to repeal net-zero.

    And blow her admittedly slim chance of following May and Johnson onto the $150k per speech circuit?

    I don’t think so.

  22. Princess Nut Nut being back in the running will really upset the club drinks cart.

    Fixed it for you.
    She was the one pulling the strings when BoJo the Clown was in office.

  23. PJF – Steve and I agreeing

    I still say we should get matching pyjamas.

    I thought Truss would be moderately crap, but I didn’t think they’d set up an ambush and go full scorched earth on her five minutes into the job.

    The damage this has already done to the Tories’ future electoral prospects / existence would seem to outweigh any short term advantage of having full-blown Cameroonism rather than 90% Cameroonism with a couple of popular concessions to the voters. We’re supposed to believe that some mediocre “uncosted” tax cuts are a mortal sin against The Markets, but uncosted multi-trillion pound commitments to Net Zero are pearls of wisdom sweated from the gentle brow of Adam Smith himself.

    Dunno what the point is in the context of normal party political terms (setting Rishi up to lose the next election doesn’t sound like a win for anybody on Team Blue), so I assume the true explanation is Satan.

    Or the dyslexic devil, Santana.

  24. BiS wins the thread.

    But seriously, I think the best thing now would be for the King to dissolve parliament (he can, you know).

    Better to have a majority Labour government now than a Labour/WeeNippy coalition in a couple of years’ time.

  25. @Peter Ol’Liz would probably have gotten away with that,
    I don’t think Bonnie King Charlie has either the guts or the standing to put his foot down that way.

    Meanwhile the reaction of our cloggie prime minister has been hilarious.
    Couched in dutch politico-speak: Ah well… Let’s see who their magic 8-ball comes up with this time. Hopefully long enough this time, so maybe we can actually get some business done.

    Whoever will fill no.10 next will have to have a firm grip on matters to have a remote chance of any international credibility now…
    Honestly, from where I’m looking at things the UK is far better off with a GE, and damn the results, than clown on like this.

  26. Steve,

    “I thought the last Tory leadership election was unnecessarily long, but they really are aving a larf now. Maybe they’re planning to spin up a secure online voting system and roll it out to tens of thousands of Conservative Party members “within the next week” but my guess is they’re just going to tell their own paypigs to fuck off again.”

    They’ll keep staying, voting, paying their subs like utter cucks. If you’ve gone 12 years buying what they’re selling, the vague promise of responsible government that deals with crime, immigration and waste, why would you stop today?

    Many of the MPs would be more than happy if the country became East Germany. They care a lot more about welfare recipients than tax payers, and never fucking mind the effects of that like creating a population that thinks the government should wipe its arse.

  27. Guido has one of his spreadsheets up, listing candidates and backers. Boris leads Sunak 31-21, Mordaunt has one third of Sunak’s.

    Potentially hilarious stuff this.

  28. Why would Boris want to go down with the ship unless he was paid an obscene amount to do so? Cos he ain’t gonna win.

  29. Why would Boris want to go down with the ship unless he was paid an obscene amount to do so? Cos he ain’t gonna win.

    1. Boris is a narcissist. Think of the adulation he’d receive if he pulled off a win!
    2. MPs are all thinking of their own prospects. Even if it’s a slim chance, they’d pick the most likely chance of holding on to their fat salaries.

  30. Boris’s policies on returning to No. 10 will be exactly the same as they were when he left, he isn’t allowed to change one dot or comma. Every turd heading for the fan has his stamp on it. He can’t win the next election. The only reason he would return is to push through something his masters want that we don’t in the time remaining.

    Ironically he could get a landslide, ride victorious down Whitehall in a gold chariot with a laurel leaves at his brow, the road sprinkled with rose petals by nubile maidens if he scrapped net zero and stopped migration, but of course that’s not an option.

  31. ” the road sprinkled with rose petals by nubile maidens if he scrapped net zero and stopped migration”

    That might actually work with Boris too……

  32. @Steve – “Because Rishi is, ah, burdened by a desire to serve the public, would you believe?”

    Well, I don’t know why he does it, but considering his previous profession, it’s certainly not for the money.

    @Pcar – “It´s Got to be Boris”

    Anyone who thinks Boris is suitable to be PM has been asleep for his previous term as PM or is compeletely insane. On Brexit, he (with Lord Frost) pushed a withdrawal agreement only to then say it was terrible. On Covid, he was out shaking hands with people when we already knew that was a stupid idea. He failed to prevent large numbers of cases being imported by waiting too long to do anything, and he imposed regulations which were quite extraordinarily onerous yet he clearly did not really believe they were necessary as he disregarded them himself and let many others do so as well. Regardless of what policies you favour, you can’t trust him to implement them competently. He’s not even popular any more. At the last election, voters didn’t really know what he would do in office (as is the case for many politicians), but having revealed his abilities, he is now a major electoral liability.

  33. @RlH, Charles

    Johnson is least worst of those being proposed. I’d prefer Farage, Tice, Redwood, Kurten, Badenock or Braverman, DeSantis, Noem, but that won’t happen

    Sunak is a WEF stooge like Ardern & Trudeau. Mordaunt is a woke, lazy, empty liar Page3 girl

    Ideally Carrie would join XR and fall off a bridge

    Friday “Impartial” C4 News first 25 mins was a ‘Kill Boris’ hit peice, not News

    GB News more balanced, but largely pro Johnson

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