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Boris 4 Leader

BORIS-620_1561166aAccording to our friends over at the Mail, “Boris yearns with a mad hunger to become prime minister”. It is time for the left to embrace BoJo’s appetite and feed his hunger. It is time for a new campaign, Boris 4 Leader.

Boris Johnson as Conservative Party leader. It has quite a ring to it don’t you think?

Well it does for me at least. For me, it is hard to imagine any leader who has the potential to so spectacularly divide his party, alienate the electorate and leave himself internationally isolated?

But, it is not just me though who this  idea appeals to. The right genuinely believe that he “builds bridges across sociological chasms”. They think that he can appeal to “the youth” that have so consistently rejected the Tories.

His supporters have been spurred on by a YouGov poll which suggested that the Tories would get a six point jump in polls if Boris was leader. They look on at Ladbrokes who currently have Boris as favourite to become the next leader. They read reports of Boris meeting with Rupert Murdoch and think maybe, just maybe.

With a safe seat waiting for him and an inevitable poor showing in May’s European Parliament elections awaiting for the Tories, it is time to make the final push for BoJo’s leadership bid.

This is where you come in. I need you to ‘like’, ‘share’ and ‘tweet’ this facebook campaign - Boris 4 Leader. Spread it like wild fire. Make those at Conservative HQ believe that Boris is the popular choice!

A dangerous game your thinking….what happens if this backfires and he finds himself at number 10?

Let me explain, 3 good reasons why he won’t make it to downing street. In short…gay marriage, the EU and the man himself all make this plan fail proof. 

Boris is a vocal supporter of the Gay Marriage campaign. He offers no solution to the rift at the heart of the Conservative Party that resulted in 136 MPs rebelling against the government.  A vote that equalled the largest post-war rebellion.

This alienates the principled in the Conservative Party who are opposed to gay marriage as well as the pragmatic who see their core Middle-England vote slipping away.

On the EU – Boris seems as equally capable of flip-flopping between the populist referendum argument whilst at the same time admitting:

Suppose Britain voted tomorrow to come out. What would actually happen? In real terms, what would happen is that the Foreign Office would immediately build a huge – well, the entire delegation would remain in Brussels…We’d still have huge numbers of staff trying to monitor what was going on in the community, only we wouldn’t be able to sit in the Council of Ministers. We wouldn’t have any vote at all”.

Boris knows that a referendum is popular (and right) but that it scares all his pales in the city. Who to chose, the backbenchers or the bankers?

In addition to his inability to unite a divided party there is what Max Hastings in the Mail describes as his, “chaotic personal persona” or the fact that he is, “bereft of judgment… and discretion”.

His personality and on-going gaffes provide great headlines but have serious long term implications.

Will the good people of Portsmouth feel represented by a man who is quoted as saying, “Here we are in one of the most depressed downs in southern England, a place that is arguably too full of drugs, obesity, underachievement and Labour MPs

Will any Brit associate with a leader who describes their £250,000 salary as “chicken feed”.

In the US he has already been dubbed as “more gaffe-prone than Romney”. Ouch.

It won’t be long until he is seen by colleagues as a liability within his party, with the electorate and internationally. The challenge is to ensure that he is leader of the Conservative Party before this happens.

Once this is achieved, we just need to watch Boris do his ‘ting’ and put our feet up and watch the Conservatives implode.

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