Smearing Boris Backfires

CSM EDITORIAL

The dossier and smears launched against Boris Johnson this weekend seemed planned to coincide with the launch of the ERG’s alternative plans for Brexit. The hitjob is well-detailed here  here  and here 

As things turned out, Boris’ use of the term suicide vest rather dulled the attacks – a quite brilliant shield tactic or a lucky counter strike by the man who could well be the next PM. The release of the ERG plans was delayed. All that Boris had to face was a whining Sir Alan Duncan who, as with Brexit, seems ever-destined to be on the losing side:

One wonders what Theresa May is thinking.

Holding onto the Chequers Proposal is utterly pointless. She must see that, after last year’s election fiasco, she is a goner by March anyway. There’s no way that the people who really run the Conservative Party, which has been around since 1834 and knows how to survive and metamorphose at crucial junctures, would consider giving her a second shot.

The amusing thing about the Boris dossier was it might as well have been a political advertisement for his (fairly obvious) campaign for the top job. The list of Boris Johnson sins – from use of the word piccaninny, to details about him serially bedding women, evoking memories of Lloyd George – merely make him look like a human being alongside Maybot and her fields of wheat.

The next weeks seem decisive. The ball has definitely come loose at the back of the scrum and there are Conservative Associations across the land clamouring for a leadership election, especially while Corbyn and his gaggle of anti Semites seem incapable of mounting a credible challenge to Tory rule. There’s real anger out there. Johnson has the support of the Brexiteers and would surely be the candidate that the associations choose when up against a bland Hunt or Javid or Rudd.

These revelations – which came as mere confirmations – that Johnson has a colourful turn of phrase, is disorganised with his personal finances, and seems incapable of being faithful, are not deal breakers. Boris won London twice – he has won something. At this stage in Brexit proceedings, May seems like a ball-dropper. She has embarrassed the country by kowtowing to Merkel and the EU, almost got beaten by a terrorist-supporting traitor not so long ago, and frankly few Brexiteers trust her with anything.

The try line beckons.

Go for it, Boris.

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