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Like an answer to a maiden’s prayer, the only politically heavyweight alpha male in the British parliamentary Conservative Party, Boris Johnson, has responded to our cri de coeur and is at last taking action to lead the party and the country. (See our post of two days ago, Cometh the hour, cometh the man?, June 9, 2017.)

Or so some say. Apparently he has not yet said so himself. But many are expecting that he will, soon.

Could Johnson be the man to save the Tories in their hour of desperation? Certainly he remains one of the few front-rank politicians who can change the atmosphere just by turning up to the local shopping centre.

From the Mail on Sunday:

Boris Johnson is preparing a new bid to become Prime Minister as Theresa May’s grip on No 10 becomes increasingly fragile. …

Talk of his leadership bid came as Mrs May was rocked by the resignations of the two Downing Street advisers who have been blamed for the Election disaster – and a Mail on Sunday poll which found that half of voters want her to quit. …

Mrs May last night won the backing of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist MPs in order to shore up her precarious position, in a deal that would offer her the prospect of a working majority in the Commons.

The MoS Survation poll found that 49 per cent of all voters want Mrs May to resign, with only 38 per cent wanting her to stay put. And out of the contenders to replace her, Mr Johnson outscores his nearest rival, Chancellor Philip Hammond, by a margin of more than two to one.

A separate survey of Tory supporters by the Conservative Home website found that two-thirds wanted Mrs May to announce her resignation immediately.

Few Tory MPs believe that Mrs May will still be in No 10 by the end of the summer after losing 13 Tory seats – squandering the party’s previous working majority of 12.

Mrs May’s joint chiefs of staff, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, stepped down yesterday amid growing criticism of the power which they wielded in Downing Street. …

The aides have also been blamed by MPs and aides for creating a ‘toxic’ Downing Street in which officials and Ministers are subject to bullying. …

A total of 41 per cent of voters think that if she does resign, she should do so immediately.

If she does quit, Mr Johnson is the clear favourite to succeed her.  …

Boris Johnson once said: “All politicians are like crazed wasps in a jam jar, each individually convinced that they’re going to make it.”

And no one has been more convinced he is going to make it all the way to No 10 than Johnson himself. He has long considered himself a Prime-Minister-in-waiting, but has been obliged to wait far longer than he hoped.

For 11 years, he watched as the Tory Party was led by David Cameron, whom at Eton and Oxford Boris had viewed as an obscure and junior figure. …

And the parliamentary arithmetic now makes a return to the polls within the next year more or less certain. As today’s poll for this paper shows, a majority of the public want May to go now, and Johnson is their preferred choice to succeed her.

This, then, should be Johnson’s moment. …

Can he pull it off? The days ahead will prove whether his wait is finally at an end.

We have had our differences of opinion with Mr. Johnson, do not like everything he has done and said while he has been Foreign Secretary, but recognize that he is THE MAN to take the lead in Brexit Britain now, in the twilight years of its secular (pre-Islamic) government.

Posted under Britain, Conservatism, United Kingdom by Jillian Becker on Sunday, June 11, 2017

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  • There are no Christian theocratic states except the Vatican itself. Even those Western countries which have an established church, such as England, are secular. The Enlightenment broke the power of the churches. In Islam there is no separation of religion and politics. Theirs are the politics of religion. Their law is their religious law. So its essential to know what the laws are and what the principles are which they have been constructed to serve. It is criminal of Western politicians to pretend they know what Islam is, what sharia is, what Muhammad’s message to the world is when they simply do not and refuse to find out, while in blind ignorance they allow the unknown ideology – which is in fact supremacist and totalitarian, and intensely intolerant and cruel – to become, in the not-so-distant future, the replacement law of the land.

    • liz

      Thanks for bringing out this important point!
      It was the Enlightenment that created the true dividing line between the ancient world of religious authoritarianism and superstition from the modern world in which church and state are separated, (and thus deprived of authoritarian power), and in which the freedom of the individual is valued and protected by the rule of secular law.
      Islam never underwent that ‘circumcision’, and thus remained in the Dark Ages. The fact that Western politicians ignore this enormous difference between Islam and todays versions of Christianity and Judaism is proof that catering to Muslims serves their purpose – destroying democracy in order to establish their own dictatorship.

  • It seems that Boris has publicly now ruled out standing for the leadership until after the Brexit negotiations complete in 2019:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/21/boris-johnson-will-not-run-leader-march-2019/

    Corbyn is planning to table lots of amendments and try and derail the policies set out in the Queen’s speech, so we can expect turbulent times ahead for the government. The crucial final vote on this is apparently on 29th June:

    http://www.politico.eu/article/queen-speech-2017-theresa-may-how-the-queens-speech-could-bring-down/

    Corbyn is looking positively smug at the moment and his supporters seem to think that he won the election. If he is successful in derailing the govt. and another election is called then I think May will be out and that will leave us with David Davis, Phillip Hammond and even possibly another bid from Andrea Leadsom (assuming Boris doesn’t change his mind). I’m afraid that my gut feeling right now is that any of these contenders could even possibly lose an election against Corbyn. I spent a bit of time mingling with young people and was really shocked by the blind support for Corbyn, it could almost be described as Corbynmania.

    A bad consequence of all this is that the sometimes rebellious backbencher Tories will have to vote for every one of May’s stupid policy ideas in the coming days or else risk derailing their govt.. Policy ideas including her plan to turn the internet into a nice safe space where people won’t have to read harmful opinions that might upset them, not to mention her “counter-extremism” plans.

    • This is fearful news!

      Boris is very mistaken to wait. For all his strengths, he has incomprehensible weakness too.

      • This man has no incomprehensible weaknesses that I’m aware of:

        http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/06/22/ready-rees-mogg-brexiteers-back-tory-pm/

        • Rees-Mogg sound fine on Brexit. Where does he stand on Muslim immigration?

          • No current (or even recent) elected MP has ever (at least to my knowledge) publicly expressed any negative opinion at all on the specific subject of Muslim immigration. Such a move in the current climate would I am pretty certain be an immediately career ending move in the main parties. As for immigration in general, take if from the man himself:

            http://www.jacobreesmogg.com/immigration/

            (note its carefully worded).

            • Got it. Well then, how about Daniel Hannan? Come to think of him, he may be the best choice of all. There are a lot of conservatives over here who wish he could be president after Trump.

            • Daniel Hannan wrote this in the DT (in 2008):

              http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/danielhannan/3555475/Muslims-are-trying-to-prove-their-loyalty.html

              He mentions the fact there are hundreds of Muslims in the British armed forces. The article was before the rise of ISIS, but he would now have to face the fact that more Muslims have gone to join ISIS than have joined the British armed forces.

              He may have changed his views a little since then, this more recent article seems a little more critical, but he makes this statement:

              Likewise, the reintroduction of slavery in ISIS-held territory revolts most Muslims, not because of any Koranic injunctions – again, there are none – but because the institution belongs to an older, uglier epoch. We have, as the saying goes, moved on.

              http://www.conservativehome.com/thecolumnists/2015/04/daniel-hannan-mep-islam-needs-an-enlightenment-not-a-reformation.html

              I can’t tell you how much it incenses me when members of our privileged establishment talk knowingly about a religion that they clearly have not bothered to study in any depth, and they do it a lot – this is just one example of many. I get a strong impression that these kinds of views about Islam are very entrenched among the Tories.

              He also opposes Trump’s so-called “Muslim ban”:

              http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/staggers/2017/01/daniel-hannan-sees-muslim-ban-valuable-lesson-american-left

              He has also expressed ambiguous views on the subject of immigration – he seems to think that people voted for a Brexit that included “some degree” of free movement:

            • liz

              When he said “there are none”, I took it to mean “there are no injunctions against slavery in the Koran”. Which would be true.
              But either way, he’s not seeing the danger of, for instance, allowing them in the Armed Forces when most of them are choosing to join ISIS.

            • You’re right Liz, I misread that. However I think there is still a problem even with that statement because it is dodging the fact that really Islam actively condones slavery via the example of Mohammed.

              He dwells on old testament barbarity as well but as I’ve argued before I think that barbarity in Christianity is really implicitly at least overruled by Christ’s message – something that Hannan doesn’t seem to grasp even as he quotes Christ’s objection to the stoning:

              Most practicing Christians will tell you that the Bible is divinely inspired, yet will shudder in horror at the idea of stoning adulterers. Most Muslims, as is obvious when we look around the world, do the same.

              The last sentence is really infuriating in the light of the fact that a large majority of Muslims in Pakistan favour the death penalty for apostates. He also would appear to be completely ignorant of the importance of the hadiths – which begs the question why he thinks himself qualified to write this article at all.

              The article overall in my view attempts to steer us away from criticizing Islam and towards the idea that religions in general (including Islam) tend people towards good behaviour. This is the underlying problem that really gets on my nerves about the Tories’ attitude towards Islam. Look at this for example:

              A leaked MI5 report makes the same point:

              “Far from being religious zealots, a large number of those involved in terrorism do not practice their faith regularly.”

              Indeed, most security officers believe that the surest route out of extremism, for many of these young men, is through religion. And they have a point. Earlier this week I met, for the first time, the hugely
              impressive Ed Husain, who was radicalised as a young man, but later turned away from extremism, and worked to help others do likewise. I couldn’t help noticing that he was now religious in a typically British way – that is, quietly, diffidently, awkwardly but sincerely.

              We could write a whole article about what is wrong with this article, in fact I might even do that as I think this is the thinking that is behind a lot of the Tories’ attitudes to Islam.

            • liz

              Yes, it sure seems like they are bending over backward to give them credit that the majority of them probably don’t deserve.
              I don’t think that Islam can really be included in religions that steer people toward good behavior. Rather, they adopt good behavior – NORMAL behavior – in spite of their religion, not because of it!

            • This is illuminating. Thank you, Chauncey. The Telegraph article is as infuriating as it is disappointing. The later one is much better, but obviously contains statements we do not agree with. As for the one in the New Statesman – well, the fact that it is in the New Statesman says enough.

              Please do write an article about the deliberate ignorance of Islam that politicians choose (but why?!). It is a fascinating and important subject. I would probably want to quote it on this website.

  • Labour are calling for a million strong march in London next week to topple May’s now weakened govt.:

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/817529/Labour-million-march-street-Jeremy-Corbyn-election-result-John-McDonnell

    At the same time a terrible fire in a tower block in London is being exploited by the left to help to whip up hostility to the govt.

    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/06/17/far-left-co-opt-grenfell-tragedy/

  • There was a good showing at the Unite Against Hate march in Manchester yesterday – an estimated 3,500 turned out. The crowd was peaceful and good humoured for the most part despite some provocation from the fascist “anti-fascists”. There were 8 arrests but its not clear who was arrested for what. Here is a good summary of the day’s events from a former lefty (proving people do change their minds, sometimes):

    Tommy Robinson made an excellent speech (featured in the video). He has also been doing good protesting outside Didsbury mosque (a former church), which the suicide bomber Salman Abedi attended. The only criticism I would make of TR here is in calling for new laws – we really don’t need any new laws, we need existing UK laws against incitement to violence to be enforced.

    Coverage from the MSM was predictably hostile with even the Daily Mail painting a disgracefully distorted picture and labelling the protest “far-right”.

    • Many thanks, Chauncey, I’ll post this video immediately.

  • Bruce

    Impending response from the American Media – “He’s named BORIS! More proof of Russian-populist-Trump collusion!”

    • liz

      Right! Meanwhile, Hillary arranging for the Russians to acquire a large percentage of our uranium while Secretary of State is a total non-issue.

  • liz

    It sounds like Johnson would be a vast improvement over May, not to mention the slimy maggot Corbyn. The Brits will just have to take what they can get at this point. What about the guy that got arrested for quoting Churchill?

    • Paul Weston – the guy so unjustly arrested for quoting Churchill’s accurate disparagement of Muslims – is not a member of the parliamentary Conservative Party. But may he long have the guts to say what needs to be said!

      • liz

        Yes, which he did on a video I saw of him recently, about the latest terrorist attack and May’s response to it. I’ll try to find and send it to you.