‘Stop Boris’ Conservative conflagration

While the British Labour Party teeters on the edge of self destruction the Conservatives seem to be as riven by anger and opportunism.

The Guardian writes Tories scramble to ‘Stop Boris’

Leadership crises dominate as Britain reels from decision to leave the EU

Most people – and newspapers – went to bed on Saturday night thinking (if this is the kind of thing they think about on a Saturday night) about divisions in the Conservative party, as MPs jostle to take over from David Cameron at No 10. “Tories at war” screeched the Sunday Telegraph front page.

The “Stop Boris” camp could be grouping around home secretary Theresa May.

Or education secretary Nicky Morgan, writing in the Sunday Times today about the need to “heal divided communities and to build a truly United Kingdom”.

Or work and pensions secretary Stephen Crabb, who writes in the Sunday Telegraphabout the need to “mend our divided society”.

Or even George Osborne, who’s presumably hoping colleagues will have forgotten about the “punishment budget” falling-out.

It looks like a massive mess.

Nick Cohen in the Observer on Boris Johnson and Michael Gove:

The media do not damn themselves, so I am speaking out of turn when I say that if you think rule by professional politicians is bad wait until journalist politicians take over. Johnson and Gove are the worst journalist politicians you can imagine …

Never has a revolution in Britain’s position in the world been advocated with such carelessness. The Leave campaign has no plan. And that is not just because there was a shamefully under-explored division between the bulk of Brexit voters who wanted the strong welfare state and solid communities of their youth and the leaders of the campaign who wanted Britain to become an offshore tax haven.

Vote Leave did not know how to resolve difficulties with Scotland, Ireland, the refugee camp at Calais, and a thousand other problems, and did not want to know either.

It doesn’t sound like anyone was prepared for what might happen after the referendum.

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  1. Missy

     /  26th June 2016

    I think your last sentence sums it up. I don’t think anyone believed that Leave would win. The Remainers were too confident and just assumed everyone on polling day would vote their way, the Leavers hoped for a win, but realistically thought it was likely the undecideds would vote for the status quo.

    I don’t think Boris will take the leadership, Theresa May seems to be one that a lot are predicting, however, as an outsider Andrea Leadsom could have a chance too after her performance in the EU Referendum debates – she was one of the best performers in the debates, along with Gisela Stuart (Labour) – both Leave. 🙂

    • Missy, I did believe it would be a leave vote and said so one week beforehand that it would be 52% leave, and 48% stay. Boris has the inside running now. Can your candidates seriously achieve the healing needed, and preserve unity within the UK? I don’t know, but would be interested in your assessment of the situation, remembering that the Conservatives are still the Government. Will Cameron call an election before he departs in October?


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