We cannot be the ‘United’ Kingdom under Boris Johnson

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On a boiling summer’s day in London, history was made. The inevitable was finally confirmed, as Boris Johnson was elected the leader of the Conservative party and in turn the 77th prime minister of the UK.

Two months after Theresa May resigned and triggered a Conservative leadership contest, Johnson has emerged victorious as many critics predicted right from the start.

Despite being the clear frontrunner from the beginning, the idea of Johnson being at 10 Downing Street was one that seemed distant to me, right up until the declaration of his victory. It marks the end of a tumultuous era under May, and surely the start of a calamitous one under Boris.

 

 

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Johnson is arguably the most controversial figure in British politics right now, but is also the most powerful one. He has reached the pinnacle of his political career, elected into the role that he has vyed for ever since he entered the British political frame 18 years ago.

Johnson becomes the prime minister in the most difficult era of British politics, as he becomes the third leader in three years. With the same number of prime ministers in the previous 20 years, it shows large uncertainty and a lack of stability in Parliament.

The United Kingdom needs someone wise to steady the sinking ship- Boris is not that man.

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Infamous statements such as providing a “strong and stable leadership” defined May’s tenure. If May was unable to deliver that, then whey are we trusting Boris to do so?

Johnson’s character shows no signs of strength or stability, with his flamboyant attitude and deeply racist remarks making him unfit to rule and lead the UK in a world without the European Union.

There are many concerns with Johnson entering 10 Downing Street, with his victory greeted by widespread protest from a large section of the public, including myself. He is an incompetent and inable politician, one who is truly incapable of leading this country and should not be trusted.

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With his key objective to deliver Brexit, Johnson’s promise to leave on 31st October with or without a deal is hugely worrying. The consequences of a no deal Brexit are beyond anything we could imagine, yet Johnson seems more than prepared to leave the EU without an agreement as well as seven months late.

There were 92,000 Conservative party members who cast their vote for Johnson, while he secured the support of 169 of the 313 Conservative MPs in the fifth and final ballot.

Despite winning every ballot and securing a clear majority of the member vote, Johnson has no genuine support nationwide from British citizens. Only 26% out of a total 649 MPs support Johnson, an alarmingly low rate for the man who will imminently become their leader.

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Even worse, just 0.0014% of the British public voted and support the prime minister-designate, with 99.99% of the country not even having their say over Johnson’s election.

In a time or turmoil, division and political unrest, the UK needs a prime minister to unite and restore the country, a leader to truly epitomise the title of the United Kingdom. Yet how can Boris Johnson be that leader, and how can he have been elected through such an anti-democratic process?

The future is uncertain and concerning, as a new era begins. We need someone to unite us all and help bring the nation together, but for as long as Boris Johnson is in power, we cannot call ourselves the United Kingdom.

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