August 18, 2022

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Boris Johnson, from successful election to humiliating collapse

Boris Johnson dreamed of a Churchillian destiny, his hero, dramas, sacrifices but also spectacular triumphs in adversity. The 58-year-old prime minister, who was forced to resign on Thursday, July 7, will go down in British political history as a cynical and cynical leader who, through two and a half years of his own mistakes, gave him an unprecedented electoral victory. The Conservative Party has not seen since Margaret Thatcher’s party in the 1980s.

This idiosyncratic politician, contemptuous of rules and conventions and long with a troubled relationship with truth, is destabilizing a Tory party marred by scandal and a country whose international reputation has been weakened by Brexit. The European Union (EU) in Northern Ireland and without a plan to fight rising energy prices.

Given his messy and dignified fall in recent days, it was hard to remember the unquestioned power Mr Johnson enjoyed in December 2019 after winning an absolute majority in the House of Commons at the general election. His eighty-seat lead over the opposition gave him the freedom to use a government program that ended ten years of austerity.

In a simple slogan “Get Brexit done” (“Let’s get Brexit done”), a former promoter of the “Leave” campaign has done wonders in a country tired of endless debates about leaving the EU. With his unorthodox style and promises of an interventionist government he succeeded in pushing the popular “The Red Wall”This Labor bastion of the Midlands and the North of England are areas still marked by the industrialization of the 1980s.

Boris Johnson at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, October 2, 2019.

Two-and-a-half years later, Brexit is still “unrealized”, contesting an important part of the London Divorce Agreement, a popular Northern Irish protocol, although the leader had approved it at the end of 2019. Mr. Johnson had just proposed. A bill to unilaterally remove this protocol of customs controls between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom, in defiance of London’s international obligations.

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Undeniable wins

But Mr. Johnson has also had undeniable successes. When the epidemic spread across the country, its government was ill-prepared, it underestimated the severity of the health crisis, ordered the first lockdowns late and made the same mistakes as elsewhere in Europe: retirement homes were poorly protected, medical workers were not protected. The human toll due to Covid-19 is one of the biggest in Europe, with more than 150,000 deaths.

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