Britain’s Conservative Party has forced the resignation of its leader and UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, in a move pushed by the electoral calendar and its promoters aware that the man who led them to an outright victory at the polls was become a ballast for the future of training. The question now is whether there is enough time left to repair the damage done and, of course, whether the Conservatives will be able to put forward a candidate with enough influence over a population that is less and less willing to listen to the siren song of populism. .
Because now, when things go wrong and every election call turns into a setback, it’s easy to blame the failure, but Johnson is still the same politician who vindicated himself in his extravagances, laughed at his antics and, above all, he tolerated his tendency to invent the truth. We will be told that the cause of his disgrace is to be found in the impudence of his behavior during the harsh months of confinement due to the pandemic, but this is not true. The ultimate cause must be sought in the political and intellectual error of having endorsed the ideological principles of the defunct Independence Party (UKIP), architect of the populist national movement which led the British to Brexit.
Boris Johnson not only arrogated the smugness to complete the complex process of leaving the European Union, but also proclaimed without the slightest caution that the British would live again in a country where the springs flowed with milk and honey. This was not the case. The alleged recovery of sovereignty did not spare British citizens any of the crises that shook the rest of the world. On the contrary, the English have suffered more from the consequences of the pandemic, the rise in prices and the scarcity of raw materials, with the breakdown of logistics and distribution chains, and, even worse, they see how the country is plunging into the risk of a territorial divide in Northern Ireland and Scotland, its head of government offering no alternative but non-compliance with the treaty with the European Union.
There is no doubt that the task awaiting his successor will not be easy, even if the British political culture, with an electoral system which protects the independence of parliamentarians from partisan machinery, has acted, in this case, as a counterweight to the catastrophic drift that Johnson was promoting. Because, in other places, where what counts is the personalism of the leader and the power over the preparation of the electoral lists, the consequences end up being irreversible and can lead not only to defeat at the polls, but to the disappearance even parties In the question. In the UK, at least, the Tories were able to react, hopefully in time.
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