The Meaning of Boris Johnson | Verso Blog

by Faiz Ahmed last modified 2019-07-24T09:00:18-04:00
"Cameron was not able to overcome the fracturing of capital nor reverse the long-term decline of his party among the electorate ... [Theresa May's] ill-fated three years in the job proved even more short-termist than Cameron's time. ... This leads to the cul-de-sac represented by Boris Johnson. ... With the Brexit Party coming first in this year's EU elections, he knows that if the UK does not leave the EU by 31st October, it will be the ruination of his career and the likely death of the Conservative Party. For Johnson, this must be avoided at all costs, because a split right opens the possibility of the 1980s in reverse – a period of Labour hegemony while its parliamentary opposition is divided. The rhetoric may change, but the extreme short-termism is set to continue."
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