Boris Johnson must see the end of the road for him as Prime Minister
SIR – Boris and Carrie Johnson may stare at their gold wallpaper for a bit longer, but if they look closely they’ll see writing on it.
Penn Bottom, Buckinghamshire
SIR – For Boris Johnson to call his victory “convincing” surely demonstrates how low his standards are.
Pierre H York
SIR – I wonder how many of the 211 MPs who gave their support to the Prime Minister would have done so if they had known that 148 would not.
SIR – Sherelle Jacobs draws a parallel between the Prime Minister’s fate and the tenets of Greek tragedy, which will be familiar to a student of the Classics like Boris Johnson.
Such a tragedy involves a heroic figure, his rise to power and his subsequent fall – often associated with character flaws. In this case, ambition and arrogance come to mind.
Although this is not yet the final act of the drama, we the audience watch with fascination and expectation, anticipating Milton’s final words in Samson Agonist: “Calm of mind all passion expended.”
David S Ainsworth
SIR – It is worrying that the majority of Tory MPs are happy to have a prime minister who is so often frugal of the truth. I certainly am not.
SIR – The loudest voices denouncing the Prime Minister for breach of trust come from those like Lord Adonis who are determined to dishonor the British people’s vote to leave the EU.
It would surely be the most grotesque breach of trust of modern times if they succeeded, and a gross betrayal of the people – a betrayal against which Mr Johnson’s offense would pale into insignificance.
Sir Gerald Howarth
SIR – There was no party in No 10. Now there is no Conservative party.
Rotherham, South Yorkshire
SIR – The man is hopeless. This cannot end well for him or for the country.
SIR – The daughter of a friend of mine still lives in the Donbass region of Ukraine. When they talk on the phone, you hear the bombs falling.
News that Boris Johnson won the vote drew cheers from Ukrainians, grateful for his support and supply of weapons. Yet parties are more important to some Conservative MPs. What small-mindedness.
East Preston, West Sussex
SIR – The Prime Minister may have more charisma in his big toe than the MPs who voted against him (Letters, June 7). But isn’t that the problem?
Charisma is a useful attribute in a leader, but not where it protects against a lack of competence and integrity.
Dr. Tim Brooks
SIR – Mr Johnson has fiercely loyal supporters who, no matter how he behaves, remain steadfast in their allegiance to him.
But for most voters it is unacceptable that at the top of government there seems to be a moral vacuum. Too many important issues are at stake in our country and in the world for this to continue.
The Prime Minister should only develop policies and make decisions with a focus on the country he serves, and not for the sole purpose of serving himself. This is why we must have new leadership.
SIR – The Prime Minister was ready on Monday evening to offer tax cuts to save his neck, but has so far refused to do so to help the electorate.
SIR – If Mr Johnson is still Prime Minister at the end of July, my wife and I (having voted Conservative since 1964) will return our membership cards.
Tunbridge Well, Kent
SIR – I have been a Tory supporter all my life and am now in my seventies. I have, however, promised not to vote for the party again as long as Boris Johnson is its leader.
After the inconclusive vote of confidence, the end of his term as Prime Minister is surely in sight, and I hope to be able to return to the fold for the next general election.
Lieutenant Colonel Jeremy Prescott (retired)
SIR – It seems 211 MPs know there is no one competent enough to replace Mr Johnson.
Drayton Market, Shropshire
SIR – Mr Johnson’s abandonment of Tory principles has been my greatest disappointment in his time as Prime Minister, but I am also suspicious of the motives of the remaining element among his critics. I am convinced that many of them see an opportunity to bring us back into the EU. Indeed, Tobias Ellwood let the cat out of the bag, admitting it.
For months, I was on the verge of canceling my Conservative Party membership. I have instead decided to hold my ground, so that in a future leadership contest I can do what I can to ensure that people like Mr. Ellwood and Jeremy Hunt are denied the opportunity to outsmart the Brexit which Mr Johnson – for all his failings – helped achieve.
SIR – Have we all forgotten the damage Jeremy Hunt did to the NHS during his six years in charge?
He now wants to be prime minister. May God help us all.
SIR – Of the 148 Honorable Members who voted against the Prime Minister, how many are Remainers who never accepted the referendum result, hate him for delivering Brexit and know he stands between them and their cherished return in the EU?
Ian D Small
West Chiltington, West Sussex
SIR – The Prime Minister is frequently accused of lacking conviction. My concern is that, if there are any, they are not the ones I thought I was voting for.
Great Dunmow, Essex
SIR – MPs repeatedly say the electorate has voted for Mr Johnson to be Prime Minister. If the deputies do not understand that the electorate voted for them, we will continue to move towards a government by dictatorship, with all the behavioral traits that dictatorships present.
SIR – The PM memorial? He beat Jeremy Corbyn and saved the country.
Professor John Spiers
Twyford, West Sussex
SIR – The idea that after the 2024 general election a government could be cobbled together with a boring lawyer from Camden and a storm-force wind farm from Skye as Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister must push back most sane voters.
Sir Keir Starmer and Ian Blackford’s nightmare (with the strings being pulled in Edinburgh), perhaps in a wider ‘rainbow’ woke coalition, is as glaring a political situation as anyone could dare to imagine.
Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire
SIR – Boris Johnson is staying, but can MPs at least stop the government of Mrs Johnson and her green friends?
SIR – Boris Johnson’s problem is not that he is “trying to carve a middle course between pro-Labour former Red Wall voters and the hard core Tories in the Counties” (Editorial, June 7).
Both of these groups tend to be socially conservative, pro-Brexit, wary of the one-sided, doctrinaire green activism currently helping to drive up prices, and eager to signal woke virtue.
The problem is that he spoke to the opposing constituency – which is globalist, middle-class and largely metropolitan, even though it includes geographically tiny outposts in the regions.
This constituency is, of course, Mr. Johnson’s natural home.
SIR – I want Boris Johnson gone – not because of partygate but because of the toxic policies he is following. The ruinous net zero agenda and the crazy energy policy, green taxes and fracking ban that comes with it, combined with high taxation, are all upsetting our way of life. He has already changed tactics, so he can start again, but I don’t see it.
Candidates lining up to replace him look tarred with the same brush, leaving disenfranchised Tories and an economy heading for the rocks.
Neil NH Bailey
SIR – The Conservative MPs’ vote reflects the country’s vision. Partygate was a smokescreen behind which MPs showed concern over the government’s direction of travel.
Tory MPs and voters wonder why none of the policies in the Tory manifesto have been implemented. If Mr Johnson is to survive as Prime Minister he must do the obvious things.
1 Complete the exit from the EU by getting rid of the Northern Ireland protocol.
2 Halt the National Insurance hike and cut taxes, to encourage investment.
3 Get rid of net zero and use all the facilities we have to reduce energy costs.
4 Clear the work of public services and bring civil servants back to their offices.
5 Reform the NHS.
These are basic Conservative policies, and if the government appears to act to put them into practice, it will win an election in 2024 whether Mr Johnson is still Prime Minister or not.
SIR – The philosopher Roger Scruton teaches us to live as a curator. I strongly commend his teaching and pray for a revival of the Conservative Party.
Monday night was a missed opportunity. What the deputies failed to do, the electorate will do very cruelly.
SIR – Can we please issue a vote of no confidence in Tory MPs who seem determined to prevent future Tory success at the next general election by continually complaining about Boris Johnson?
If not, can someone create a new political party that I can vote for? I wouldn’t vote for a Conservative party led by Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt or Tom Tugendhat, and I couldn’t bring myself to vote for Labor or the Liberal Democrats (which I consider to be anything but Liberal or Democrat).
SIR – Why the BBC felt the need to anchor the Monday 10 a.m. news with Huw Edwards standing outside No 10 competing to be heard with a loud protest, just to report the result of the confidence vote ?
He didn’t realize anything he couldn’t have done in the comfort of the studio but with less distraction.
SIR – On July 25, 2019 you posted a letter from me stating that I would always check if a future employee had cleaned their shoes.
It saddens me to say that, in the case of Boris Johnson, my instincts were correct.
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