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The Rt. Hon. Boris Johnson MP (Conservative) and Mayor of London: An Appraisal

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  • Author: Richard Michael Lamb

Preface

I seek to isolate what this new wannabe Conservative Leader should have by way of attributes. The mirror on the wall does not lie. Boris Johnson, Rt. Hon. MP and Mayor of London, is not King of the Jungle. Let him take a back seat with his years of political service behind him in the knowledge he will not do the top job but still be of service to his Country.

1. His Offices

We are told Boris has a good chance of being the next Conservative Party Leader when David Cameron our PM steps down before the 2020 election. Boris is now an MP for a Division of Uxbridge in Middlesex and has been since the May 2015 general election, as well as attending Cameron’s political cabinet pending the London Mayoral election which he will not fight. He verges on an old fashioned pluralist. He will join the Cabinet proper when he ceases to be Mayor.

2. Policies

I know comparatively little of him, but he has had widespread media exposure and he has a brother the Rt. Hon. Jo Johnson MP (Conservative) for Orpington with which town I had a longstanding professional connection from 1984 to 2013. Both brothers have a good grasp of political debate. I am more concerned with Boris on account of his aspirations to lead the Tory Party, which espouses the National interest over the centuries and now may lead our Country out of the EU and dismantle the ECHR edifice in Our Land: Two very radical decisions if taken and seen through.

These two limbs of policy comprise strong words and Boris appears to favour these two steps. Can he deliver on these two commitments if he so promises? Does he truly desire these outcomes? Is he posing to achieve the role of PM and squash other meritorious candidates? Has he formally declared his candidature for the leadership of his Party? No, he has kept his intentions secret to himself and his inner council of confidants.

3. Populist?

What can he offer the Country? Forget the Mayoralty – that is looking at Westminster politics from the wrong end of a municipal drainpipe. It is the national scene and the world stage that matters most. Why is he so popular? Is his so call buffoonery in demeanour a strong point? There are those who say he is non-moral or indeed a-moral. What are his principles? He appears to like his own jokes and quick repartee for which he is well known. Does he lack gravity?

4. The Contenders

I am concerned with all these question marks hanging over a man and politician with pretensions to guide our Country at this crucial and difficult juncture. So many people and so much depend on this next leader. I would prefer Cameron stay on, but he says he will not fight the next election in May 2020. Who will oppose Boris Johnson’s bid for the leadership if anyone? There is no obvious contender: -

  • Francis Maude is in the Lords
  • David Davis is in the cold
  • George Osborn is a Chancellor but no PM
  • Theresa May has made her lasting home in that ministerial post she now occupies
  • Hammond is no heavyweight>
  • Michael Gove is a little too obtuse – and –
  • Fallon rather too old.

I would not be surprised, if as things stand, the Rt. Hon. Boris Johnson MP is given a clear run. Is this Boris Johnson a heavyweight in the mould of Churchill himself about whom he has recently written a historical tome?

5.

5. I should declare I am for the Blue Party like my father R.A. Lamb Esq. in the 1950 General Election as Conservative parliamentary candidate for Stockton in County Durham as it then was. My support for this Party derives from my belief in the English & Welsh Rule of Law based on the Death Sentence (discretionary) for murder to be rolled out to England & Wales then internationally by consent of these overseas nations. Only the English Conservative Party in power can deliver on this plank of policy. We have no Empire anymore, but worldwide we are respected and there are no doubts our true allies, and those countries believing in freedom and protection under the Law, will treat this policy with real positive concern if we demonstrate our zeal for it. I genuinely believe that zeal will be infectious.

Boris does not lack audacity and a show of strength, but is his method the right way to go about bringing in Secession and Repeal: ECHR, in our law? As a mere essayist I am not involved in three line whips and cabinet government, let alone the 1922 Committee. I fear Boris Johnson will not engender confidence at home nor proper understanding in the EU and further afield on this Secession and ECHR Repeal. It will require consummate diplomacy and an iron will – the combination may be too much for Boris the constant amuser.

6. The Issue of Care

I am not confident the Rt. Hon. Boris Johnson MP will properly care and tend for these two pillars of policy he appears to favour. Will he bring them to our Statute Book or will they fall aside as too formidable a challenge interfering with his presence under the panoply of power in the corridors of Westminster and Whitehall? Does he desire power for its succulence or will he risk his career, name and reputation upon the altar of these two radical policies he says he supports? He cannot defy the slippery pole – even he concedes that in his heart. He can be King of the Castle and he will try and earn that prominence and keep it, but I fear this to be at the cost of not alleviating our Country’s dire need to secede from the EU and repeal the Human Rights edifice erected by Blair in 1998 and later. He will not deliver I say.

7. Stamina

Boris is the sort of politician who flatters to deceive. His principles are difficult to discern. He will be all things to all men. No one may stand in his way – he is supposedly unstoppable. I cannot possibly myself prevent him assuming the Conservative mantle of Party leadership. I sound a note of caution admittedly. I desire a strong Conservative Party welded to these three policies, based on the English Rule of Law I enunciate. It cannot be done with the Rt. Hon. Boris Johnson MP as leader. He lacks proper stamina to see it through apart from other factors.

8. Conclusion

Boris Johnson Rt. Hon. MP has been in politics to serve London, his Party and his Constituents – granted. Does he also serve himself? I fear he lacks real imagination and vision so vital in a Tory Party leader. Many disagree in the establishment with my Rule of Law case as stated in paragraph (5) herein. To go halfway to Secession and ECHR Repeal will take phenomenal energy and impetus itself and my argument is that without the Rule of Law and Death Penalty the surge will die beached on the sandbank with no gain. This leader to succeed our PM: Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP must be very special with these seismic issues at stake. The Rt. Hon. Boris Johnson MP is not up to it. He chose municipal politics in preference to Westminster. He cannot and should not now revert back to leadership in National politics. You cannot drop the baton and then pick it up again. You have lost the race by then.

I have no axe to grind against Boris. Let him serve his constituents and his party in Parliament and maybe in the Cabinet, but please not as our First Lord of the Treasury. It would not look right and proper in our Nation for him to assume that role first made out by the Rt. Hon. Robert Walpole MP at least 250 years ago. May Boris have the grace and modesty to learn the lesson of politics: -

“Cometh the hour – Cometh the man!”

His hour has not come and will not come either!