James Forsyth in The Times today ruminates on the latest threats to the Prime Minister. But Keir Starmer doesn’t get a mention . He should. Had he, as many in Labour wished he had, taken even a mildly anti Brexit line then Johnson would be safe. He could ride a white horse naked down Whitehall, stop to pee on the Cenotaph, and ride on certain that the Brexiteers would still cheer him on. But shrewdly Sir Keir has done no such thing. Give him power, he says, and he’ll “Make Brexit Work” – and given that it certainly isn’t working under Boris that’s a powerful pitch.
Nobody seriously suggests that it was Johnson’s deep understanding of complex political issues that got him the job. He’s a populist who wins elections and hitherto his buffoonery has almost given him “National Treasure” status. He’s not the deep thinking and experienced Gordon Brown type we really need to manage today’s threats. He parades his ignorance daily in shallow posturing, the opposite of a serious focused politician.
What next ? Search me. Maybe from somewhere a white knight will emerge to rescue us but there’s no real process available to facilitate that. Those in the line to replace Johnson when he goes hardly inspire confidence. Maybe cometh the hour cometh the man (or woman) but who ?