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Boris Johnson is already flirting with his return

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Boris Johnson is already flirting with his return

by Wolfram Weimar

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Liz Truss has won the power struggle for the post of prime minister. But the longing for the return of Boris Johnson is already growing among the Tory’s party base. He can come back – like his great role model Winston Churchill.

Liz Truss moves to Downing Street today as Britain’s new prime minister. But the shadow of the dazzling predecessor is not only over him – but also in front of him. Because Boris Johnson is flirting with a comeback and may eventually become his successor.

The “Bring Boris back” movement has formed within the Conservative Party and is receiving great support. A related petition has already been signed by thousands of party members and the number is increasing every day. The venerable daily newspaper “The Times” also publishes a poll of Tory voters under the catchy headline “Bring Back Boris”, according to which the outgoing prime minister remains the favourite. According to this, the outgoing prime minister truss behind him and garners more fans than the second successor candidate Rishi Sunak. Particularly in the north of England, where the Conservatives were voted so clearly for the first time in 2019, Johnson is still met with great enthusiasm. Most Tories now think Johnson’s resignation is wrong.

Whispering about a possible return, Johnson fired himself with delight. He ended his last question time in the House of Commons with a grin with the words “Hasta la vista, baby”. His answer to questions about whether he will ever return to office and what kind of parliamentarian he will be in the future can be read as a hidden threat to his successor: “time will tell”.

Liz Truss as Johnson’s “Human Grenades”

Meanwhile, twelve conservative members of parliament, who were dissatisfied with Liz Truss from the start, want to organize her political comeback in concrete form. Calculus: Should Truss run into trouble, Johnson will be pulled out of the sleeve and brought back as the trump card for the upcoming election campaign. The “bring Boris back” movement garners great approval – nothing like it after Theresa May or David Cameron left. Johnson continues to inspire and captivate millions of Britons.

A prominent Johnson retainer, Lord Edward Lister, said on television that many MPs felt “repentant” about Johnson’s departure and wanted him to return. He “overreacted” to the downfall of the outgoing prime minister. Asked whether Johnson might be tempted to make a comeback, Lord Lister said: “Well, I’ll never say to Boris Johnson, anything is possible in the future.” Especially in the event that “the ball is lost in scrum”.

Johnson’s political opponents also expect a return attempt by Johnson. There one refers to shady role models like Berlusconi or Trump. Rory Stewart, the former foreign aid secretary and harsh Johnson critic who himself ran for party president in 2019, puts the word “Borisconi” in vogue. Stewart says Johnson has an “extraordinary ego” that believes he has been “mistreated” and would like to improve it. In an already bitter resignation speech in early July, he told the story of being stabbed in the back. Dominic Cummings, Johnson’s former chief strategist and now arch foe, speculated on Twitter that the outgoing prime minister would want “Human Grenade” Truss to be his successor, only to return as the party’s savior after his “explosion”. .

“Boris is a brand, a celebrity, an artist”

Johnson’s supporters are less reminiscent of figures like Berlusconi and Trump and more reminiscent of the great Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Johnson himself wrote a biography of Churchill and chose him as his role model. Churchill successfully led Britain into World War II. He was then forced to resign, but returned to 10 Downing Street from 1951 to 1955. This story is now particularly popular within the “bring Boris back” movement.

The fact that Johnson’s return – despite his partygate scandals – is also conceivable due to two circumstances. For one thing, Liz Truss sparks no real enthusiasm in her own constituency. She tries to present herself as the reincarnation of Maggie Thatcher with transparently cheap attempts at imitation. Your internal party election result with only 57 per cent votes is an indication of weak support. If you make big mistakes in a volatile political situation, from fighting inflation to war crises, a Tory debate will quickly erupt over whether you really want to go with him in the next election campaign.

The second factor that makes Johnson’s return conceivable is Johnson’s extraordinary popularity – for better or worse. Johnson polarizes and animates at the same time. To millions of Britons, he is the kind of political rock star, a curly-haired nonconformist who is more forgiven for party scandals than ordinary professional politicians. Plus, Johnson is a media star and should soon be showing his own media spectacle. Johnson has been a columnist, author, TV host, documentary filmmaker, and even editor of the political magazine Spectator. He must remain in the limelight as a columnist, TV commentator and speaker – if only to make money. He earned £275,000 a year from his weekly column in the Daily Telegraph alone. Johnson is also working on a biography of Shakespeare and is said to be in talks with publishers to publish notes of his tenure.

That’s why he should – as he announces these days – “make hi” first, because even Theresa May has made nearly £2.5 million since her resignation with a public appearance in mid-2019. Johnson has a very high market value due to his qualities as an entertainer. PR expert Mark Borkowski speculates in the “Sunday Times” that Johnson may be able to gain a foothold in the American entertainment industry thanks to his global reputation: “Boris is a brand, a celebrity, an artist. He has a job on global TV. Would be suitable for. -Channel.” It would also inspire the imagination of his compatriots to return.

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