Review of Johnson’s statement: Bitter, crotchety and just a little bit petulant

“Johnson was a failure and a disgrace. Now, as he finally falls apart, the Tory party must pick up the pieces and decide what it wants to be: a respectable party of the centre-right, or a deranged populist power fantasy?”  

Text of the statement here.

Rupert Hawksley link.news.inews.co.uk

Well, I think we can all agree that today we learned something important from our Prime Minister: how not to give a resignation speech.

If you are thinking of leaving your job, you now know to avoid phrases like “herd instinct” and “our brilliant and Darwinian system”. It sort of gives the impression that nothing is your fault and everyone else is to blame. Your colleagues might be a touch ticked off. Not at all good for the leaving party.

It was an extraordinary speech, though, wasn’t it? Bitter, crotchety and just a little bit petulant. “I’m immensely proud of the achievements of this government from getting Brexit done to settling our relations with the continent,” Boris Johnson said outside Downing Street. You’d have to say the word “settling” is doing a lot of heavy lifting there.

Not that any of this really matters; the result is the same. The Prime Minister has resigned. So it’s time to reflect on his premiership and Ian Dunt argues that Johnson will be judged extremely harshly by history.

“There will be three strands to the historic appraisal of Johnson: personal immorality, functional inadequacy and constitutional sabotage. On each one of them, history will damn him.

“Johnson was a failure and a disgrace. Now, as he finally falls apart, the Tory party must pick up the pieces and decide what it wants to be: a respectable party of the centre-right, or a deranged populist power fantasy?”