I have viewed Boris Johnson’s premiership with a healthy dose of scepticism. On the one hand, he was originally a Remainer, but on the other hand, he is always out for himself.
I have often said he is one of the most dangerous politicians in Britain. Mainly because he disarms people with his buffoonish demeanour whilst being very effective at achieving results. Case in point: the cycle lanes and the ‘Boris Bikes’ have forever changed the landscape of London for better or worse.
He is also the only Tory to (or who will ever) get re-elected as Mayor of London.
Boris has always struck me as someone who has sought greatness for himself. He emulates Churchill as a personal hero. And I believe he has seen the shifting political landscape and hitched himself, somewhat, to the Brexit bandwagon.
Today’s proroguing of Parliament has made me less ambivalent about him. But I am still cautious. This is a great step forward on the Brexit question, and this definitely signals to the EU that No Deal is still very much on the table.
Up until this moment, the EU thought it was all bluff.
Now, for my misgivings…
He said, in so many words, that he would accept May’s [or Merkel’s – check out the German syntax of the wording] Withrawal Agreement if the EU removes the Irish backstop. That is the poison pill – the Withdrawal Agreement is vassalage to the EU rather than independence.
I am really hoping he doesn’t hang his pursuit of greatness on this awful mediocrity of an agreement.
So, I am cautiously optimistic.
Judging from the saltiness of the Remainer tears that are flavouring my G&T, he is doing something right.
God save the Queen.
PS: I haven’t been this positive about leaving the EU since the day after the Referendum.