Boris Johnson, a local man who still wants to believe in it

(London) At the end of June, Boris Johnson bravely conjured up a third term and saw himself as Prime Minister until 2034. But on Wednesday it was a man on the brink, struggling for his political survival, who alone still believed in his star in an avalanche of resignations .

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Updated at 10:00 a.m

Brigitte Dusseau
Media Agency France

According to a YouGov poll conducted after the surprise resignations of Finance Minister Rishi Sunak and Health Minister Sajid Javid on Tuesday night, 69 percent of Brits want him to go. Twenty more departures at lower levels of government followed in a cascade.

For months the British press has been repeating that, mired in a series of scandals, Boris Johnson has reached the point of no return. His shaky statements have eroded confidence as problems mount for the UK, including record inflation at 9%.

But at 58, the charismatic Brexit hero, an atypical politician who offered his Conservative party a historic general election victory in late December 2019, has seen others.

There is no question of resigning, he repeated on Wednesday at the weekly Question Time in the House of Commons, reiterating that leaving “in difficult times” was out of the question and that he wanted to “focus on things that are important to the people of this country”. .

Neither the Downing Street alcohol party scandal during lockdown, which saw police finding he had broken the law, a first for a sitting Prime Minister, nor the harsh charge against him that followed the determination of the one who, as a child wanted to become the king of the world, according to his sister.

This phenomenally confident political outfielder, excellent orator for whom lying was never a problem, was no longer impressed by Tory MPs’ 41 percent no-confidence vote last month, which he portrayed as a fresh start; or by the election blows his party received in recent general and local elections.

However, Boris Johnson on Wednesday expressed “deep regret” over the appointment in February of Chris Pincher as deputy chief “Whip” (responsible for parliamentary discipline of Conservative MPs), who resigned after being accused, two last week touching men.

Again a defensive Downing Street had offered different versions of what the Prime Minister knew, too much for some Tories.

Lack of seriousness

Messy straw-colored hair, communicative energy, Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, born June 19, 1964 in New York, entered politics in 2001 after walking the marked path of the British elite, Eton College and Oxford University.

Some teachers are already criticizing his lack of seriousness and tendency to throw himself above the rules. He excels in the Oxford Debating Club, whose aim is to have the best political spreads regardless of the facts.

In 1987, thanks to family connections, he was a trainee journalist at The Times. He was quickly fired for a made-up offer. The Daily Telegraph sent him to Brussels in 1989, where he ridiculed the European institutions with excesses and overtures.

Back in London he became a political columnist for the Telegraph and the Spectator and also wrote articles on the automobile for GQ magazine. He’s funny, erudite, powerful. But gets £4,000 in parking fines for the cars he’s supposed to test.

He entered parliament in 2001 and was dismissed from the opposition “shadow cabinet” for lying about an affair.

Then in 2008 he took the Mayor of London from the Labor Party: he was pro-European and pro-immigrant at the time.

He stayed there for eight years, gaining international recognition, supported by the Olympic Games.

He then became one of the main figures in the Brexit election campaign, then head of diplomacy under Theresa May, whom he replaced at the head of government in July 2019.

“He is a brilliant performer, but unfit for national office as he seems concerned only with his fate and personal satisfaction,” his former boss Max Hastings told the Telegraph.

His private life does the character justice. He has been married three times, in 1987, 1993 and 2020, and has at least seven children, including the youngest two born in 2020 from his marriage to Carrie Symonds, 34, a former Conservative Party communications officer.

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