10 thoughts on “The next Prime Minister of the UK?

  1. Percy Brassnose says:

    Police were called to the home of Boris Johnson and his partner, Carrie Symonds, in the early hours of Friday morning after neighbors heard a loud altercation involving screaming, shouting and banging. The argument could be heard outside the property where the potential future prime minister is living with Symonds, a former Conservative party head of press. (CNN 6/24/19) https://edition.cnn.com/2019/06/23/uk/boris-johnson-conservatives-gbr-intl/index.html The Metropolitan Police issued a statement confirming that a “caller was concerned for the welfare of a female neighbour.” The police arrived and “spoke to all occupants of the address, who were all safe and well,” adding: “There were no offences or concerns apparent to the officers and there was no cause for police action.” But they did not name Johnson or Symonds as being involved in the incident.
    Meanwhile: Sky News has said it will be forced to cancel a debate between the two men vying to be the next Tory leader unless Boris Johnson agrees to take part. (BBC News 6/24/19) https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-48744724 The broadcaster hoped to be the first to stage a head-to-head debate between Mr Johnson and his rival Jeremy Hunt. But it said Mr Johnson had “so far declined” its invitation and the event would not go ahead without him.
    Mr Johnson has faced three days of questions over his private life after a row with his partner Carrie Symonds and the former foreign secretary has declined to comment on the nature of the argument in Ms Symonds’ London home, which led to the police being called early on Friday morning. He has also been accused of avoiding media scrutiny more generally, particularly on his Brexit policy.
    Mr Johnson remains the frontrunner in the contest to succeed Theresa May, with 160,000 or so Conservative Party members choosing their next leader by the end of July.

  2. Rue, Britannia says:

    “There’s an election underway to choose Britain’s next prime minister, but only one in 400 people gets a vote. And most of those are well-off older white men.” (AP June 21,2019) https://apnews.com/b23601ea16084933aa5861921f678d6a “The country’s next leader will be chosen by about 160,000 members of the governing Conservative Party in a runoff between two candidates: former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and current Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt. …In Britain’s Parliamentary system, voters elect members of Parliament for their local area, constituencies. The party with the most lawmakers forms a government, with the leader of that party becoming prime minister. Parties are entitled to change leaders without going back to the voting public.” .

  3. Wanker says:

    A new review of evidence from the UK has found high levels of alcohol dependence among hospital inpatients. The researchers estimate one in five patients in the UK hospital system uses alcohol harmfully, and one in ten is alcohol dependent. A new review of evidence from the UK has found high levels of alcohol dependence among hospital inpatients. The researchers estimate one in five patients in the UK hospital system uses alcohol harmfully, and one in ten is alcohol dependent. (Society for the Study of Addiction July 3, 2019) https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/sfts-oit062819.php

  4. Kuzma's mother says:

    In British PM race, a former Russian tycoon quietly wields influence (Reuters 7/19/19) https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/britain-eu-johnson-russian/
    “Publicly, industrialist and Conservative Party donor Alexander Temerko presents himself as an opponent of Brexit and a dissident critic of Vladimir Putin. In conversations with this reporter, he’s voiced strong support for Boris Johnson’s bid to lead Britain out of the EU, praised senior Russian intelligence officials and spoken about his past work with the Kremlin.”

  5. Toff says:

    “U.K. Voters’ Frustration High as 99% Are Sidelined in Prime Minister Election” (NYT 7/20/19) https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/20/world/europe/uk-prime-minister-vote.html
    “Only 160,000 members of the Conservative Party will vote for Britain’s next leader because under the parliamentary system, the prime minister is elected directly by the governing party. And that is not going down well among the 99 percent of the population who feel shut out of the process. The reality that less than 1 percent of registered voters will make the consequential decision at such a critical time has left many questioning the very foundation of their democracy.”

  6. Edward Gibbon says:

    “The Ham of Fate” by Fintan O’Toole (The New York Review of Books, August 15, 2019 Issue) https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2019/08/15/boris-johnson-ham-of-fate/ “…Johnson has always understood that a vivid lie is much more memorable than a dull truth. He is a product of the tight little world of English class privilege in which the same people move from elite schools to elite universities to (often interchangeable) careers in politics and the media. (Johnson’s contemporaries at Oxford included David Cameron, a fellow member of the aggressively elitist Bullingdon Club; his own main rivals for the Tory leadership, Jeremy Hunt and Michael Gove; and the political editors of the BBC and Channel 4 who now report on him.) From Oxford he soon sailed into a position as a graduate trainee at The Times. It was there that he learned a valuable lesson: it pays to fabricate stories.
    …Johnson’s anti-EU journalistic performances [while employed by The Times] were a kind of method acting—and they required from his editors and his readers a willing suspension of disbelief.
    This raises the two central questions about Johnson—does he believe any of his own claims, and do his followers in turn believe him? In both cases, the answer is yes, but only in the highly qualified way that an actor inhabits his role and an audience knowingly accepts the pretense. Johnson’s appeal lies precisely in the creation of a comic persona that evades the distinction between reality and performance.
    …Here, as always, Johnson claims the privileges of the clown while exercising the power of a politician.
    So while Trump’s anarchism shades into authoritarianism, Johnson’s shades into a kind of insouciant nihilism. The joker’s evasiveness that has taken him to the brink of power will be no use to him if he crosses that threshold and has to make fateful decisions. Brexit is finally moving beyond a joke. But what lies ahead for Johnson in those uncharted waters? His best joke was not meant to be one. In November 2016 he claimed that “Brexit means Brexit and we are going to make a titanic success of it.”

  7. Domino theory says:

    “Pizza chain Domino’s has spent £7 million ($8.5 million) to stockpile imported ingredients that might not be available if Britain crashes out of the European Union.
    The UK arm of the American fast food company said in an earnings statement on Tuesday that a disorderly Brexit “carries the increased risk of disruption to raw material supplies.”
    The company imports about a third of its supplies from outside Britain including tomato sauce, frozen chicken, pineapple and tuna.
    Fears of a disorderly break have increased after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson doubled down on his threat to leave the European Union on October 31 even without a deal in place to protect trade.
    Business groups representing the food and beverage industry have cautioned that that shortages would be caused by disruption to supply chains and long lines at the border.
    Many companies have been stockpiling for months. Some have even warned that Britain was running out of frozen and chilled storage to hold the excess supplies.” https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/06/business/dominos-stockpiling-ingredients-gbr-intl-scli/index.html

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