British Boris Johnson has a reputation as a refugee artist – a political Hudini who opposes and gets rid of rules and conventions.
Last May, he defeated the Conservatives in the country’s historic election against the country’s main opposition Labor Party and, despite weeks of brutal accusations of handing over government contracts, went deep into the hearts of Labor in northern England to power, regional and city governments. voted. to political allies and in violation of ministry rules by party donors to repair the residence at 10 Downing Street.
His skills as an scapologist will be tested this week.
Even his supporters say Johnson is facing the biggest crisis in his tumultuous prime ministership, largely because of a series of compulsive mistakes that have angered voters as he tries to convince them of tougher anti-pandemic restrictions when the omicron variant of the coronavirus begins. to spread. Infections caused by the omicron strain are doubling every two and a half days.
By the end of this week, Johnson could be fighting for his political life, which is low due to a poisonous mix of scandal, government riots and infections, raising suspicions that the ruling Conservatives will be prime minister in the next election. 2024.
Depending on what happens in the next five days, his term may be shortened even earlier.
The by-elections in a safe conservative seat in Midland, England, on Thursday could link his fate to the vindictive allies of his predecessor, Theresa May, on Downing Street, who helped oust him from power and the defeat to overthrow him. will lead to a formal effort to. as party leader and eventually prime minister.
Earlier, about 70 conservative lawmakers were ready to revolt on Tuesday and vote not only to reinstate strict pandemic restrictions, but also to introduce new ones, including vaccine passports to enter nightclubs and major event venues. Johnson’s refusal to rule out pandemic restrictions again on Christmas Eve further angered the rebels, and he even hinted at the possibility of introducing mandatory vaccinations against the wrath of conservative lawmakers.
The rebels say the country needs to learn to live with the coronavirus, and that every time a new option emerges, the cycle of new restrictions is not sustainable and is not the right way to govern.
“Before we know to what extent the Omicron option can escape or harm vaccines, the government is panicking and rushing to impose more restrictions, causing mental anguish and great damage to all areas of our economy that make our lives, our families and our lives meaningful. conveys. our friendship, ”said Steve Baker, a conservative lawmaker and leading rebel.
Baker said conservatives need to be more committed to their belief in individual freedom, and he accused ministers of “creating a tragic dystopia.”
“Instead of striving for freedom under the law, ill-conceived state coercion in our lives is widespread, precise and frequent,” he warned.
Johnson has always had great difficulty convincing the big libertarian wing of his party, including some former ministers, of the need to update pandemic restrictions. But what made his task much more difficult and jeopardized was not the ideology but the seemingly endless missteps and twists, as well as the Downing Street scandal and semi-mass clashes. ‘liq. led the government and the main opposition Labor Party by nine points in the polls.
Is the holiday over?
Johnson’s showmanship, once seen as an attribute of many, was also misguided as public mood deteriorated. A sensational speech at the country’s largest business leaders ’conference last month drew widespread criticism. In the speech, he lost his notes, was forced to apologize for getting lost, and praised Peppa Pig World, an attraction, compared himself to Moses, and imitated the noise of a speeding car.
The show was called a disgrace by conservative lawmakers, who urged him to be arrested and warned that the party was losing credibility.
Jürgen Mayer, former CEO of the German multinational conglomerate Siemens, told reporters: “It failed. It was a sensation. There were a lot of unrelated initiatives, some of which had nothing to do with each other. there was no “.
A majority of Britons surveyed are telling pollsters that Johnson should resign over disputes over parties that violated the rules of the Downing Street pandemic. A poll for the Observer newspaper on Sunday showed the prime minister was not supported by the public and his personal rating fell to minus 35%, a minus that was record low last month. Decreased from 21% to 14 points.
Adam Drummond, the pollster who conducted the survey, described the collapse as “catastrophic.” “If the Conservatives can’t change those numbers quickly, back deputies can ask if the party is over for the prime minister,” he said.
At Downing Street last December, when the rest of the country was banned from attending social gatherings and thousands of Britons were banned from visiting elderly relatives or cousins, public support was a direct cause of the bloodshed. deprived of the opportunity to comfort family members who died in hospital wards from COVID-19.
Figures released on Monday showed that one in six people with dementia spent the past Christmas alone.
Johnson’s then-spokeswoman Allegra Stratton appeared in a video of a fake press conference a year ago in which she and other aides to the prime minister joked about how they would respond to media questions about Downing Street’s “Christmas.” . party “aroused public hatred.
Johnson denied any information about the parties violating the rules and ordered his senior civil servant to check to see if they had happened.