Reviews | Boris Johnson, facing Omicron and the scandal, is in trouble


There is every sign that the spell Mr Johnson has cast on the country is cracking, that people are waking up to his truth. Latest polls show the Conservative Party is sliding towards second place while Mr. Johnson approval ratings continue their descent. It has been a long time since he passed the December 2019 elections, when the country granted him a whopping 80-seat majority.

In retrospect, the election campaign was explicitly romantic. Mr Johnson’s most publicized campaign ad was a parody of a scene from the film “Love in factIn which a man stands in front of a married woman’s house and tells her, using written signs, that he loves her. (Yes, that’s scary.) The signs in the ad were linked to Brexit – ‘Hopefully by next year we’ll be done with Brexit’ – but the meaning was clear. Mr. Johnson was a lover, and the country was enamored.

Fads die hard but fast. Now two-thirds of the country does not trust him, and half think he should resign. The mood within his Conservative Party is, according to one member, “sulphurous. ” Same cabinet of ministers thinks he imposed Plan B to distract from the “party crisis”. Many Conservative lawmakers, furious with the Prime Minister, are consider opposing the new restrictions. A local election Thursday, caused by the resignation of a corrupt lawmaker Mr Johnson had desperately tried to save, could suggest how alienated Tory voters are.

Elsewhere, allegations of corruption continue to mount. There is a long-term scandal on funding for the renovation of Mr Johnson’s Downing Street apartment. (The redecoration was predictably loud.) Last week the Election Commission fined the Conservative Party 17,800 pounds, or roughly $ 23,500, for failing to accurately report the donations that paid for the renovation – and the government standards advisor would be consider resigning after apparently being misled by Mr Johnson.

If everything seems trivial, so is Mr Johnson. The country faces serious problems – not just the pandemic and the fallout from Brexit but also an energy crisis, economic stagnation and skyrocketing inflation. There is no sign that the Prime Minister can see them, let alone solve them. A man on the brink seeing how far he can go, he is too preoccupied with his survival. His address to the nation Sunday night was a matter of sheer fatigue revealing. It could have been an email.

As we watch Mr Johnson’s narrative unfold, Britain feels like a country on hold. We don’t know if the Prime Minister can save himself, let alone Christmas.


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