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edited January 23 in General

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In an interesting Facebook post under the heading ““Is Boris preparing to flounce out of the cabinet?” Robert Peston ponders the question of whether we are seeing the Foreign Secretary prepare the ground for a bid at the leadership.

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  • IanB2IanB2 Posts: 9,824
    First. Obviously.
  • Morris_DancerMorris_Dancer Posts: 42,462
    I can certainly see the reasoning but given how turbulent things can be, I've decided against sticking my toe in the water.
  • ABLAABLABLAABL Posts: 16
    I backed him at 5s after his Telegraph article. It's been a poor bet. I think he's still available at 10s on Bet365 which is decent odds...
  • DavidLDavidL Posts: 19,846
    It's possible but unlikely. Seriously destabilising a government that is struggling to deliver Brexit would win Boris very few friends. Its possible that he might fundamentally object to aspects of the soft Brexit we are heading towards but again I think that is unlikely too.
  • NigelbNigelb Posts: 5,459
    In other news, Pence is treading a dangerous path calling Ms Daniels a liar.

    I don't think anyone really wants this to go to court....
    http://www.intouchweekly.com/posts/stormy-daniels-full-interview-151788
    I can definitely describe his junk perfectly, if I ever have to.
  • swing_voterswing_voter Posts: 314
    It does feel like testing the water......bit like Grant Shapps' limp attempt back in the Autumn
  • AlastairMeeksAlastairMeeks Posts: 19,516
    Theresa May should have sacked Boris Johnson first. He has astonished no one with his ingratitude.
  • NigelbNigelb Posts: 5,459
    Cilic breaks.
  • Didn’t also Peston have three sources telling him Damian Green was going to be cleared.
  • DecrepitJohnLDecrepitJohnL Posts: 8,020
    Sounds more like anti-Boris spin by denouncing anything he says as a flounce or leadership bid.
  • DavidLDavidL Posts: 19,846
    The problem is not really Boris, the problem is May. As Home Secretary no news was good news. Quieten things down, keep stories out of the press, say as little as possible, give non answers in every interview, she perfected all these techniques and they are largely good ones for a Home Secretary. But they are disastrous for a PM.

    She should be making the weather, not having her leaky craft swamped by Boris splashing about. She has no vision, no ideas, no concept of how to use or deal with the media. She is conscientious, honest, diligent and reasonably bright. But she is absolutely useless as a politician in the modern age.
  • Stark_DawningStark_Dawning Posts: 3,339
    edited January 23

    Didn’t also Peston have three sources telling him Damian Green was going to be cleared.

    Perhaps these rumours are coming from Theresa's people, to either flush him out or make him look like Michael Portillo when he fails to act.
  • williamglennwilliamglenn Posts: 18,479

    Sounds more like anti-Boris spin by denouncing anything he says as a flounce or leadership bid.

    Is it normal to brief the newspapers in advance of your plans for a showdown in cabinet regarding spending in another minister's department?
  • CharlesCharles Posts: 19,425
    Nigelb said:

    In other news, Pence is treading a dangerous path calling Ms Daniels a liar.

    I don't think anyone really wants this to go to court....
    http://www.intouchweekly.com/posts/stormy-daniels-full-interview-151788
    I can definitely describe his junk perfectly, if I ever have to.

    The headless man case in the UK resulted in the Government’s Chirf Medical Officer examining each member of the Cabinet to identify the miscreant.

    (From memory it was Lord Lambton but I could be muddling up my sex scandals)
  • Morris_DancerMorris_Dancer Posts: 42,462
    Mr. Eagles, I'm not sure I'd give huge weight to Peston.
  • tpfkartpfkar Posts: 883
    Heard it all before. It already feels he's headline chasing. Agree with those saying that his time as Foreign Secretary has been a failed audition for promotion. Yesterday's man already.
  • IanB2IanB2 Posts: 9,824
    tpfkar said:

    Heard it all before. It already feels he's headline chasing. Agree with those saying that his time as Foreign Secretary has been a failed audition for promotion. Yesterday's man already.

    Or, he can see the way things are sliding and has arrived at last chance saloon...
  • Morris_DancerMorris_Dancer Posts: 42,462
    Mr. tpfkar, Boris may feel that the longer he waits, the smaller his chances. He probably also has a psychological harpy perched on his shoulder, gnawing his ear and reminding him he bottled it last time.
  • stevefstevef Posts: 1,044
    He's clearly up to something, -but if and its a big if, he is planning a leadership bid to topple May, it would be a massive miscalculation. His time is already gone, and he would lose.
  • IanB2IanB2 Posts: 9,824

    Mr. tpfkar, Boris may feel that the longer he waits, the smaller his chances. He probably also has a psychological harpy perched on his shoulder, gnawing his ear and reminding him he bottled it last time.

    Yep. He has arrived at that point in life where, for most people, dawns the slow realisation that the future lies with those who are younger.
  • NigelbNigelb Posts: 5,459
    Don't like the sound of the Alaska tsunami.
  • MaxPBMaxPB Posts: 14,237
    Meh, I'll only believe it when Laura K says it. Peston is useless.
  • calumcalum Posts: 3,041

    Didn’t also Peston have three sources telling him Damian Green was going to be cleared.

    Shipman appears to have best sources ATM
  • Dura_AceDura_Ace Posts: 1,513
    edited January 23
    I honestly think Boris is bored and it's as simple as that. Brexit has turned out to be tedious and a bit shit so he wants a leadership challenge to give him a semi.
  • YorkcityYorkcity Posts: 3,171
    DavidL said:

    The problem is not really Boris, the problem is May. As Home Secretary no news was good news. Quieten things down, keep stories out of the press, say as little as possible, give non answers in every interview, she perfected all these techniques and they are largely good ones for a Home Secretary. But they are disastrous for a PM.

    She should be making the weather, not having her leaky craft swamped by Boris splashing about. She has no vision, no ideas, no concept of how to use or deal with the media. She is conscientious, honest, diligent and reasonably bright. But she is absolutely useless as a politician in the modern age.

    I honestly think as we get to the business end of Brexit.May will be very influenced by big business.This will eventually entail a referendum on the deal, to try to keep all elements of the larger conservative supporting groups together .Boris suspects this might be the outcome, and believes he is a better person to stand up to the pressure , as he did with Cameron at the last minute.He will not wait to the last minute this time
  • calumcalum Posts: 3,041
  • Scott_PScott_P Posts: 35,854
    @DavidRoe92: Boris is the Heseltine of this generation. He thinks he should be PM. Most people like him in an indulgent sort of way. He will end up a bitter failure. His Brexit stunt killed him as a semi serious PM candidate.
  • SandyRentoolSandyRentool Posts: 6,061
    I'm nostalgic for the days when potential leadership candidates were reported to be 'having telephone lines installed'.
  • MaxPBMaxPB Posts: 14,237
    Scott_P said:
    I met someone at Xmas who is involved in trying to get her back to the UK. Boris wasn't helpful, but the woman is also an idiot.
  • NigelbNigelb Posts: 5,459
    Fifth set, and Nadal injured...
  • At least Boris is motivating me to renew my Tory membership when it comes round again...
  • Nigelb said:

    Fifth set, and Nadal injured...

    The longer the better for Edmund's chances...
  • SouthamObserverSouthamObserver Posts: 26,201
    Boris Johnson is the Tony Benn of the Conservative party - but without the principles.
  • If this is a leadership bid then it seems a strange time to do it. If the Cons are going to get rid of May before Brexit then the time to do it is surely after the local elections and over the summer recess.

    I cam imagine the Con members would be furious if they didn't get a say for the second time in a row.
  • Richard_NabaviRichard_Nabavi Posts: 18,218
    edited January 23
    Boris has been a problem for three successive Conservative leaders.

    Of course, almost anything he says will be seen through the prism of his leadership ambitions, but on the narrow point of NHS funding he's right, and Hammond needs to find some other spending cuts to cover it. It's an argument which should however be made in private.
  • FrancisUrquhartFrancisUrquhart Posts: 27,772
    edited January 23
    Since Labour left power, Peston is about as right on his tips as the guy in the bookies who tells people he has the inside line on the 3.30 from Newbury...cos he knows the bloke, who knows a bloke who drinks with the guy who delivers the feed to the stables.
  • AlastairMeeksAlastairMeeks Posts: 19,516
    One obvious point. If Boris Johnson were somehow to end up as Conservative party leader, he would have no means of calling for loyalty from those beneath him.
  • FensterFenster Posts: 1,552
    Scott_P said:

    @DavidRoe92: Boris is the Heseltine of this generation. He thinks he should be PM. Most people like him in an indulgent sort of way. He will end up a bitter failure. His Brexit stunt killed him as a semi serious PM candidate.

    Boris v Cameron, Osborne, The Tory Party, The Labour Party, The Lib Dems, The Scot Nats, Plaid Cymru, the EU, Obama, virtually the whole political, business and media establishment.

    Boris won.

    People would rather smear and denigrate him rather than ponder the reasons for his success.
  • GIN1138GIN1138 Posts: 11,006
    edited January 23
    Don't think Boris will flounce.

    This is all about positioning for when Theresa goes after March 2019.
  • IanB2IanB2 Posts: 9,824
    Scott_P said:
    Lol. So Brexit has saved us some money from the EU, after all.
  • Scott_PScott_P Posts: 35,854
    Fenster said:

    Boris v Cameron, Osborne, The Tory Party, The Labour Party, The Lib Dems, The Scot Nats, Plaid Cymru, the EU, Obama, virtually the whole political, business and media establishment.

    Boris won.

    People would rather smear and denigrate him rather than ponder the reasons for his success.

    Except he didn't want to win.

    He backed Leave thinking they would lose narrowly and he could claim the prize he really wanted, Leadership of the party. He is still trying to achieve that.

    His "win" has blighted his ambition.

    Sad...
  • Nadal retires.
  • One obvious point. If Boris Johnson were somehow to end up as Conservative party leader, he would have no means of calling for loyalty from those beneath him.

    That’s not held Corbyn back.
  • IanB2IanB2 Posts: 9,824
    edited January 23
    Nigelb said:

    Don't like the sound of the Alaska tsunami.

    .
  • DecrepitJohnLDecrepitJohnL Posts: 8,020

    Since Labour left power, Peston is about as right on his tips as the guy in the bookies who tells people he has the inside line on the 3.30 from Newbury...cos he knows the bloke, who knows a bloke who drinks with the guy who delivers the feed to the stables.

    It is said that a betting shop manager phoned the headmaster of Eton to complain about under-age gamblers in his shop -- who were cleaning him out thanks to inside information from their parents who owned or trained racehorses.
  • GIN1138GIN1138 Posts: 11,006
    Scott_P said:

    Fenster said:

    Boris v Cameron, Osborne, The Tory Party, The Labour Party, The Lib Dems, The Scot Nats, Plaid Cymru, the EU, Obama, virtually the whole political, business and media establishment.

    Boris won.

    People would rather smear and denigrate him rather than ponder the reasons for his success.

    Except he didn't want to win.



    Say's who?
  • tpfkartpfkar Posts: 883
    IanB2 said:

    Mr. tpfkar, Boris may feel that the longer he waits, the smaller his chances. He probably also has a psychological harpy perched on his shoulder, gnawing his ear and reminding him he bottled it last time.

    Yep. He has arrived at that point in life where, for most people, dawns the slow realisation that the future lies with those who are younger.
    Agree with you both, I think there is an attention seeking element as well and he'd expected a much higher profile in the Brexit negotiations which hasn't quite happened.
  • FensterFenster Posts: 1,552
    Scott_P said:

    Fenster said:

    Boris v Cameron, Osborne, The Tory Party, The Labour Party, The Lib Dems, The Scot Nats, Plaid Cymru, the EU, Obama, virtually the whole political, business and media establishment.

    Boris won.

    People would rather smear and denigrate him rather than ponder the reasons for his success.

    Except he didn't want to win.

    He backed Leave thinking they would lose narrowly and he could claim the prize he really wanted, Leadership of the party. He is still trying to achieve that.

    His "win" has blighted his ambition.

    Sad...
    Bollocks. He wanted to win. It's just another trite smear to suggest he secretly wanted to lose. The implication being that he's some shallow wretch who would sacrifice his country and party for selfish political ambition. Complete bollocks that. Anybody who has read the political history of it all knows he agonised over it.
  • Boris Johnson is the Tony Benn of the Conservative party - but without the principles.

    No doubt he lacks principles and is completely untrustworthy, but is this important when it comes to winning elections?

    The last 25-30 years suggest not.

    During this period, the most successful Prime Minister electorally - Tony Blair - was (is) a deeply unprincipled man, but extremely successful. David Cameron seemed to believe in whatever would win him votes rather than be guided by deeply-held principles.

    On the other hand, we could admire the principles of John Major and Gordon Brown, less so their leadership of the country, and less so still their election-winning ability.

    And then there's the history of Boris himself - I'm sure that he was regarded as an unprincipled bounder when he campaigned for Mayor of London and Leave, but that didn't stop him winning or being a key factor behind Leave winning.
  • Philip_ThompsonPhilip_Thompson Posts: 12,962
    Scott_P said:

    @DavidRoe92: Boris is the Heseltine of this generation. He thinks he should be PM. Most people like him in an indulgent sort of way. He will end up a bitter failure. His Brexit stunt killed him as a semi serious PM candidate.

    What stunt?

    If he'd backed Leave and then done sod all which is what I'd expected then it would have been a stunt. He led the campaign and grafted and won the vote. The skills you might think would be needed in a serious PM candidate.
  • jonny83jonny83 Posts: 811
    Not a good sign, water receding in Kodiak:



    :(
  • Scott_PScott_P Posts: 35,854
    GIN1138 said:

    Say's who?

    He wrote 2 articles, so leaving was not intellectually his favoured option.

    He published the one calculated to maximise his leadership chances (he thought)

    He gambled on a loss, and lost.
  • Scott_PScott_P Posts: 35,854
    Fenster said:

    The implication being that he's some shallow wretch who would sacrifice his country and party for selfish political ambition.

    Please provide ANY evidence to contradict this...
  • IanB2IanB2 Posts: 9,824
    Scott_P said:

    GIN1138 said:

    Say's who?

    He wrote 2 articles, so leaving was not intellectually his favoured option.

    He published the one calculated to maximise his leadership chances (he thought)

    He gambled on a loss, and lost.
    And now it's double or quits
  • Danny565Danny565 Posts: 6,841
    I suspect this is "revenge" for May slapping down that Channel Bridge idea last week. The man is ridiculously petty and insecure.
  • GIN1138GIN1138 Posts: 11,006
    Scott_P said:

    GIN1138 said:

    Say's who?

    He wrote 2 articles, so leaving was not intellectually his favoured option.

    He published the one calculated to maximise his leadership chances (he thought)

    He gambled on a loss, and lost.
    Up to the time he made his choice he was keeping his options open but when he came out for Leave he did clearly put everything he could into winning.
  • TheuniondivvieTheuniondivvie Posts: 11,443

    One obvious point. If Boris Johnson were somehow to end up as Conservative party leader, he would have no means of calling for loyalty from those beneath him.

    Corbynesque.

    Boris would just need to inspire a new brigade of shiny faced youngsters to intimidate the Tory crusties. Perhaps the new Tory youth czar could help with that.
  • oxfordsimonoxfordsimon Posts: 3,631

    One obvious point. If Boris Johnson were somehow to end up as Conservative party leader, he would have no means of calling for loyalty from those beneath him.

    The same was said of Corbyn - and he has surpassed expectations
  • GIN1138GIN1138 Posts: 11,006
    edited January 23
    Danny565 said:

    I suspect this is "revenge" for May slapping down that Channel Bridge idea last week. The man is ridiculously petty and insecure.

    No, he genuinely believe's the Brexit bonus we're going to achieve in a few years should be spent on the NHS (which is why he went round the country on that bus during the referendum campaign ;) )
  • DecrepitJohnLDecrepitJohnL Posts: 8,020
    Danny565 said:

    I suspect this is "revenge" for May slapping down that Channel Bridge idea last week. The man is ridiculously petty and insecure.

    I suspect this is anti-Boris forces seeking to discredit him *popcorn* This seems an odd time for a new bid. You may be right about the rest.
  • HYUFDHYUFD Posts: 40,493
    Heseltine of course left the Cabinet over Westland in 1986 but did not challenge Thatcher for the leadership until 1990. Plus now Mau needs to lose a no confidence vote first before there is a leadership contest
  • Scott_PScott_P Posts: 35,854
    GIN1138 said:

    Up to the time he made his choice he was keeping his options open but when he came out for Leave he did clearly put everything he could into winning.

    ... the leadership.

    Winning the vote scuppered that plan.

    this is not the face of a man delighted by the win. This is a man who knows he has blown his chance...

    image
  • FensterFenster Posts: 1,552
    Scott_P said:

    Fenster said:

    The implication being that he's some shallow wretch who would sacrifice his country and party for selfish political ambition.

    Please provide ANY evidence to contradict this...
    For an intelligent bloke you've become so viscerally prejudiced against Leavers I'm afraid you aren't able to see the wood for the trees.

    I was a bit like that during the Brown Premiership. I detested him so much I lost the ability to think rationally.

    -Boris made the brave move to back Leave when Remain looked absolutely nailed on to win
    - Boris 95% suspected his career was over for at least four years by backing Leave
    - He threw himself into the Leave fray wholeheartedly
    - His 'cut through' is unparalleled in UK politics, as was demonstrated throughout the campaign
    - He has a knack of articulating things which - annoyingly for his opponents - lots of people agree with
    - The Leave campaign stunned the world by winning
    - They would never have won without Boris

    He did all that believing it was right for his country despite knowing his political career within the Tory party would be destroyed if he lost.

    One man's selfish ambition is another man's extraordinarily brave.
  • DecrepitJohnLDecrepitJohnL Posts: 8,020

    One obvious point. If Boris Johnson were somehow to end up as Conservative party leader, he would have no means of calling for loyalty from those beneath him.

    If Theresa May could call for loyalty we'd not hear so much from Boris, friends of Boris, and enemies proffering unhelpful advice to Boris or the PM.
  • GIN1138GIN1138 Posts: 11,006
    Scott_P said:

    GIN1138 said:

    Up to the time he made his choice he was keeping his options open but when he came out for Leave he did clearly put everything he could into winning.

    ... the leadership.

    Winning the vote scuppered that plan.

    this is not the face of a man delighted by the win. This is a man who knows he has blown his chance...

    image
    ...Or those are the faces of people completely shell-shocked about winning a campaign nobody (even themselves) ever expected to win - Even on the day of the referendum a poll put Remain 10% ahead... And I remember even you thought it was in the bag for Remain.

    There are two sides to every argument....
  • NigelbNigelb Posts: 5,459

    Boris has been a problem for three successive Conservative leaders.

    Of course, almost anything he says will be seen through the prism of his leadership ambitions, but on the narrow point of NHS funding he's right, and Hammond needs to find some other spending cuts to cover it. It's an argument which should however be made in private.

    Agreed.
  • SouthamObserverSouthamObserver Posts: 26,201

    One obvious point. If Boris Johnson were somehow to end up as Conservative party leader, he would have no means of calling for loyalty from those beneath him.

    The other very obvious point is that every time he does this and gets away with it, Johnson further weakens May’s authority domestically and internationally. Both of them put what they perceive to be their best interests before those of the country they claim to love.
  • rkrkrkrkrkrk Posts: 4,040
    TM paying a price for not sacking Boris. The reshuffle was the perfect opportunity to get rid of him and promote to reward loyalty.

    I still can’t see Boris getting to leader - but I suspect we are not so far from May losing a vote of no confidence. The likes of Soubry, Greeninng et al don’t want Boris - but they can see May is not doing a good job.
  • NigelbNigelb Posts: 5,459
    It is, of course, a measure of May's inability to make a policy decision until absolutely forced to, that she has let the likely increase in NHS funding be credited to Johnson.

    Though I'm sure Hammond will try to present it otherwise.
  • Scott_PScott_P Posts: 35,854
    GIN1138 said:

    ...Or those are the faces of people completely shell-shocked about winning a campaign nobody (even themselves) ever expected to win

    Look at pictures of Farage the same day (who had already conceded defeat!)

    This is not about expectation , this is about joy (or lack of it) in the result.
  • logical_songlogical_song Posts: 5,742
    Fenster said:

    Scott_P said:

    Fenster said:

    The implication being that he's some shallow wretch who would sacrifice his country and party for selfish political ambition.

    Please provide ANY evidence to contradict this...
    For an intelligent bloke you've become so viscerally prejudiced against Leavers I'm afraid you aren't able to see the wood for the trees.

    I was a bit like that during the Brown Premiership. I detested him so much I lost the ability to think rationally.

    -Boris made the brave move to back Leave when Remain looked absolutely nailed on to win
    - Boris 95% suspected his career was over for at least four years by backing Leave
    - He threw himself into the Leave fray wholeheartedly
    - His 'cut through' is unparalleled in UK politics, as was demonstrated throughout the campaign
    - He has a knack of articulating things which - annoyingly for his opponents - lots of people agree with
    - The Leave campaign stunned the world by winning
    - They would never have won without Boris

    He did all that believing it was right for his country despite knowing his political career within the Tory party would be destroyed if he lost.

    One man's selfish ambition is another man's extraordinarily brave.
    "He did all that believing it was right for his country"
    Is that correct - didn't he say something like 'trouble is I'm not a Leaver'
    https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/political-parties/conservative-party/boris-johnson/news/75196/david-cameron-boris-johnson
  • GIN1138GIN1138 Posts: 11,006
    edited January 23
    Scott_P said:

    GIN1138 said:

    ...Or those are the faces of people completely shell-shocked about winning a campaign nobody (even themselves) ever expected to win

    Look at pictures of Farage the same day (who had already conceded defeat!)

    We all react to shocks differently... ;)
  • oxfordsimonoxfordsimon Posts: 3,631
    Hang on a minute... Peston was the one who said Damian Green was safe and going to be cleared. Why are we still listening to him?
  • GIN1138GIN1138 Posts: 11,006
    Scott_P said:
    But doesn't Boris have like the Health Sec himself on his side? ;)
  • CharlesCharles Posts: 19,425
    Scott_P said:

    GIN1138 said:

    ...Or those are the faces of people completely shell-shocked about winning a campaign nobody (even themselves) ever expected to win

    Look at pictures of Farage the same day (who had already conceded defeat!)

    This is not about expectation , this is about joy (or lack of it) in the result.
    Shipman has Gove (Icthink) saying they decided to be serious not triumphantalist and slightly over egged it
  • BromBrom Posts: 951
    Scott_P said:

    GIN1138 said:

    ...Or those are the faces of people completely shell-shocked about winning a campaign nobody (even themselves) ever expected to win

    Look at pictures of Farage the same day (who had already conceded defeat!)

    This is not about expectation , this is about joy (or lack of it) in the result.
    Farage was just on the wind-up. He knew it wasn't game over, he had access to the same exit poll as Peter Cruddas.
  • JosiasJessopJosiasJessop Posts: 19,544
    If you want to know why Boris should never get his hands on power, just look at the Garden Bridge. Not only did he waste tens of millions of pounds on the stupid project, he refused to cooperate with the review into it.

    https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/md2108_appendix_garden_bridge_review.pdf

    Therefore his recent intervention on a Channel bridge was quite hilarious ...
  • BromBrom Posts: 951
    GIN1138 said:

    Scott_P said:

    GIN1138 said:

    Up to the time he made his choice he was keeping his options open but when he came out for Leave he did clearly put everything he could into winning.

    ... the leadership.

    Winning the vote scuppered that plan.

    this is not the face of a man delighted by the win. This is a man who knows he has blown his chance...

    image
    ...Or those are the faces of people completely shell-shocked about winning a campaign nobody (even themselves) ever expected to win - Even on the day of the referendum a poll put Remain 10% ahead... And I remember even you thought it was in the bag for Remain.

    There are two sides to every argument....
    I also think they're trying to be magnanimous in victory. I'd like to think Will Straw, Anna Soubry and Alan Johnson would have done the same - but I can't be sure.
  • Scott_PScott_P Posts: 35,854
    How can we be sure this stunt was Boris on manoeuvres?

    Continuity IDS has been tweeting approvingly...
  • brendan16brendan16 Posts: 763
    What I am surprised at is why when the government is going to be spending over £10bn more on the NHS and social care by 2021 than in 2015 why they don't just say this is part of the £350m a week due to Brexit net of the £40bn transitional payment for leaving with more to follow?
  • calumcalum Posts: 3,041
    If I was Fraser I'd check with my twitter feed before boasting - James was just repeating what Laura Kuenssberg had tweeted 10 mins earlier.

  • Scott_PScott_P Posts: 35,854
    Brom said:

    I also think they're trying to be magnanimous in victory.

    Days before Gove magnanimously stabbed his buddy in the back...
  • ElliotElliot Posts: 1,180

    If you want to know why Boris should never get his hands on power, just look at the Garden Bridge. Not only did he waste tens of millions of pounds on the stupid project, he refused to cooperate with the review into it.

    https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/md2108_appendix_garden_bridge_review.pdf

    Therefore his recent intervention on a Channel bridge was quite hilarious ...

    I always thought the most revealing anecdote about Boris was how he threw in his first job in business after a few days. He was unable to concentrate on a growth matrix, because, god forbid, we have to sometimes focus on things we're not particularly interested in.
  • BromBrom Posts: 951
    Scott_P said:

    Brom said:

    I also think they're trying to be magnanimous in victory.

    Days before Gove magnanimously stabbed his buddy in the back...
    What actions you display when jostling and maneuvering to win round Tory party members in a leadership contest is very different to how you should act after winning the biggest vote in British history. I thought the official leave campaign behaved well given how emotive the debate was.
  • williamglennwilliamglenn Posts: 18,479
    Scott_P said:
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/19/boris-johnson-channel-bridge-churchill-brexit

    If you haven’t read his Churchill book, it is hugely recommended as a psychiatric document – for all the horrifying and hilarious things it unwittingly reveals about its author. I can never believe his therapist let him publish it. By the end, it’s quite clear that you have not read Churchill’s story so much as Boris’s attempt to get you to see anything he might have done, or might ever do, as Churchillian. All politicians are self-interested gamblers with events, Johnson explains, and Churchill “put his shirt on a horse called anti-Nazism … his bet came off in spectacular fashion”. Mmmm. It probably helps to imagine Churchill spending a Sunday morning writing two columns – the first advocating resisting Hitler, the second making the case for supporting totalitarian conquest of Europe and the elimination of Jews.
  • IanB2IanB2 Posts: 9,824
    brendan16 said:

    What I am surprised at is why when the government is going to be spending over £10bn more on the NHS and social care by 2021 than in 2015 why they don't just say this is part of the £350m a week due to Brexit net of the £40bn transitional payment for leaving with more to follow?

    Probably because most people would reasonably conclude that the Brexit bonus was supposed to be "extra" to the amounts already pencilled in to deal with medical inflation and forecast demographic pressures. In order to deliver the shiny friendly queue-free health service depicted in that Leave Referendum broadcast...
  • NigelbNigelb Posts: 5,459
    calum said:

    If I was Fraser I'd check with my twitter feed before boasting - James was just repeating what Laura Kuenssberg had tweeted 10 mins earlier.

    Mansplaining ?
  • MaxPBMaxPB Posts: 14,237
    edited January 23
    IanB2 said:

    brendan16 said:

    What I am surprised at is why when the government is going to be spending over £10bn more on the NHS and social care by 2021 than in 2015 why they don't just say this is part of the £350m a week due to Brexit net of the £40bn transitional payment for leaving with more to follow?

    Probably because most people would reasonably conclude that the Brexit bonus was supposed to be "extra" to the amounts already pencilled in to deal with medical inflation and forecast demographic pressures. In order to deliver the shiny friendly queue-free health service depicted in that Leave Referendum broadcast...
    Nah, you seriously overestimate people's grasp of cumulative inflation and maths. If the PM had promised £350m per week extra for the NHS by the end of 2022 in the 2017 campaign she'd have a majority. At the cost of maybe £5bn extra for the NHS, which is probably necessary and might happen anyway.
  • Danny565Danny565 Posts: 6,841
    MaxPB said:

    IanB2 said:

    brendan16 said:

    What I am surprised at is why when the government is going to be spending over £10bn more on the NHS and social care by 2021 than in 2015 why they don't just say this is part of the £350m a week due to Brexit net of the £40bn transitional payment for leaving with more to follow?

    Probably because most people would reasonably conclude that the Brexit bonus was supposed to be "extra" to the amounts already pencilled in to deal with medical inflation and forecast demographic pressures. In order to deliver the shiny friendly queue-free health service depicted in that Leave Referendum broadcast...
    Nah, you seriously overestimate people's grasp of cumulative inflation and maths. If the PM had promised £350m per week extra for the NHS by the end of 2022 in the 2017 campaign she'd have a majority. At the cost of maybe £5bn extra for the NHS, which is probably necessary and might happen anyway.
    You're assuming that, even if she promised that, the public would've believed her.
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