Boris Johnson now PM of UK

In the increasingly less united United Kingdom the Conservative Party has chosen Boris Johnson to take over as Prime Minister from Theresa May.

Missy reports:


Anyway, as you will know Boris won the leadership election as expected, today he was officially sworn in as PM by the Queen and immediately set about doing his cabinet reshuffle.

24 July 2019 is becoming known as the summer’s day massacre as Boris culls the cabinet.

So far he has sacked 18 from cabinet.

The big appointments so far are:

Chancellor – Sajid Javid
Home Secretary – Priti Patel

Expected: Dominic Raab to be named Foreign Secretary


Financial Times: Sajid Javid picked as chancellor in first Boris Johnson appointment – latest news

Guardian: Boris Johnson cabinet: Sajid Javid, Priti Patel and Dominic Raab given top jobs – live news

An interesting lineup of names with just ‘Johnson’  being of English origin (the new Prime Minister’s multi-cultural full name being Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson).

Guardian: In full: Boris Johnson’s first speech as prime minister – video

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32 Comments

  1. Missy

     /  25th July 2019

    Thanks Pete 🙂

    Update:
    Dominic Raab Foreign Secretary and Deputy PM
    Stephen Barclay retains Brexit Secretary
    Liz Truss is named Trade Secretary
    Michael Gove is the Chancellor for the Duchy of Lancaster, in a nutshell he is the Queen’s property manager, (oh, and there is some other constitutional stuff as well)
    Ben Wallace is the Defence Secretary, he is ex Scots Guards, and did 8 years in the Army

    That is the big ones, it is still going and can be followed here:

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    • Duker

       /  25th July 2019

      Thats a lot of ‘mere Ministers’who are Attending Cabinet, usually they have to be Secretary of State for Such and Such to do so, with a few exceptions

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  2. PartisanZ

     /  25th July 2019

    https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2019/07/24/696861/a-new-dawn-of-the-worst-and-most-injurious

    Dr Neal Curtis argues we are moving away from democracy to a new form of aristocracy that puts the worst of us at the top of the heap – Kakistocracy.

    Wish I’d coined that word. Well done Dr Neal Curtis!

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  25th July 2019

      He didn’t coin it, unless he was around in the 19th century when it was first used.

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    • Pink David

       /  25th July 2019

      ” Kakistocracy.

      Wish I’d coined that word. Well done Dr Neal Curtis!”

      Kakistocracy was first used in the 17th century.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  25th July 2019

        Early c.19, according to the OED (1829) so Dr Curtis would have to be about 230 to have coined it (and been Thomas Love Peacock)

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        • Duker

           /  25th July 2019

          Thats being silly , Churchill by the late 30s was seen as a has been, who had jumped ship for about 3 parties. Johnson is more in that mold. As for the US they have more often than not had dodgy people as President, its part of the system. In the UK it was still the King choosing who would be PM from the winning party as late as the 20s and 30s.
          Dr Curtis doesnt really know his history

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  25th July 2019

          Yes, dear PDTs, it was indeed coined (or first seen in print) in 1829 and is from the Greek. I’m sorry that you don’t like this, but that’s tough.

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  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  25th July 2019

    His name may be English, but he’s not.

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    • Pink David

       /  25th July 2019

      Are you going to tell him to go back where he came from?

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  25th July 2019

        I bet that a few people would like to and that many people’s reaction was ‘You must be JOKING !!!’

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    • Duker

       /  25th July 2019

      His name may be English ( Johnson) but hes not ?

      hes more English than the Queen, whos grandmother Mary of Teck was a Princess of Wurttemburg and prince Phillip is a prince of Greece and Denmark
      Johnsons GREAT grandparents were a mix of German and Turkish/Ottoman

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  25th July 2019

        The Queen’s parents and other grandparents were English born and so is she.

        Boris J was born in New York as far as I know.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  25th July 2019

          Yes, he was. How can someone who was born in New York be more English than someone who was born in England of English parents ?

          If your grandmother had been born in Scotland, would that make you Scottish, too ?

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          • Duker

             /  26th July 2019

            My dear , you arent doing your fact checking…..he just didnt pop out in NY

            “Stanley Johnson, 78, father of the new prime minister, was an economics student at Columbia University in 1964 when his son was born of his first wife Charlotte Fawcett at a hospital in New York City’s Upper East Side.

            Your ancestry is decided by your parents , not the maternity hospital you are born in.
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlotte_Johnson_Wahl

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  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  26th July 2019

    Thank God for Boris. He seems to have said and done more sensible things in two days than the dismal, snivelling, grovelling May managed in three years.

    This is a very perceptive analysis: https://quillette.com/2019/07/23/cometh-the-hour-cometh-the-man-a-profile-of-boris-johnson/

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  26th July 2019

      Boris will have to be careful not to destroy Corbyn too thoroughly and prematurely or Labour may get rid of him before Boris can drag his corpse into an election.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  26th July 2019

        He is a serial liar who lost his job for making false claims about the EU regulations.

        No one seems to know if he has 5 or 6 children by various women.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  27th July 2019

        Just a pathetic little bleating Remainer, G.

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        • Gezza

           /  27th July 2019

          Just a different perspective on the man from another pundit, Al.

          Even your Mr Young’s somewhat awestruck fawning finishes with a bob each way.

          The rational part of my brain is still full of doubts and uncertainties. What sensible person would look at Boris’s peripatetic career and rakish personality and conclude that he is the right man to lead Britain at this moment of maximum danger? But at a more primitive level, a level impervious to reason, I cannot help but believe. From the first moment I saw him, I felt I was in the presence of someone special, someone capable of achieving great things. And I’ve never quite been able to dispel that impression.

          The next three months, between now and October 31st, will reveal whether that was a historical premonition or a sophomoric illusion

          All I would say at the moment is that while May was a dismal failure, Boris as PM is an unknown quantity at this point.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  27th July 2019

            At least my pundit knew and worked with Boris and something interesting to say. I’m reminded of a comment about Trump that his supporters understand exactly why his opponents hate him but his opponents have no clue about why his supporters like him. Same situation I think.

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            • Gezza

               /  27th July 2019

              Yes, that’s in the article you posted below yesterday. But the UK’s not the US, there are more parties in their Parliament, & Boris still has all the same problems May had to sort out.

              Whether he can bludgeon through his own Brexit agenda through sheer force of personality, relentless positivity & dollops of bs (he seems capable of changing his – or parts of it – at the drop of a hat) & whether that – if it comes to a no deal exit – will be an economic boost for the UK or trigger a recession I can’t tell. I can’t find much agreement on this in the economic opinions I’ve scanned in the last couple of days.

              The thing is with Boris, you never know how much he beieves in what he says he stands for, or how long he stands for anything. The Republicans, by & large, have thrown in their lot with Trump. It will be interesting to see whether the Conservatives do the same with Boris.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  27th July 2019

              I think Boris will carry his party for the same reason Trump has – the ability to win elections. May was hopeless but Boris won the London mayoralty twice against all normal odds.

  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  26th July 2019

    The key success secret Boris shares with Trump:
    https://spectator.us/doubling-down-donald-trump-greatest-triumph/

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  6. Gezza

     /  26th July 2019

    Brinkmanship may be the order of the day & Boris might now have a unified Cabinet but the impacts of a no deal Brexit plan on their Parliament, the UK economy – & the electorate if Boris calls an early election – still look to be very messy & unpredictable.

    I’m waiting to see what if anything Boris does about the seized oil tankers problem with Iran.

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  7. Zedd

     /  26th July 2019

    Born in USA.. now UK have their own MrT (aka MrB).. oh dear :/

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    • Why do you think that Trump liked him and shoved his oar in ?

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    • Duker

       /  26th July 2019

      “Stanley Johnson, 78, father of the new prime minister, was an economics student at Columbia University in 1964 when his son was born of his first wife Charlotte Fawcett at a hospital in New York City’s Upper East Side.”
      Just a technicality

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