Most NS readers will have been as amused as I was when reading the article by the editor-in-chief of what has been described as "the Bible of the banking fraternity", in which Tory MPs were urged "to start getting behind Boris" (Philandering won`t hold Johnson back, 1st December, 2017). William Cash appeared upset that "the new darling" of the Tories, Jacob Rees-Mogg, is the "bookies` favourite to be the next Tory leader", and prefers Johnson, because he apparently sees voters as "there to be drawn in, persuaded, teased, entertained and signed up". Is there anything more entertaining than Tories grasping at straws?
It is difficult to support Cash`s claim that "the left fears Johnson", when the Labour leader`s popularity is based on a view of politics that is so distant from the one held by the foreign secretary. Corbyn`s strong principled beliefs contrast sharply with the opportunist and manipulative career moves of Johnson, and they clearly resonate with young voters, fed up with Tory policies which favour the rich and big business, whilst imposing austerity measures on the least fortunate.
If Johnson`s "charisma is the Conservative Party`s greatest electoral asset", it is an acknowledgement of its intellectual bankruptcy, devoid of ideas, bereft of unity and leadership, and guilty of leading the country into a Brexit which increasingly and suspiciously looks like a bonfire of regulations and workers` rights. Voters are fed up of being treated like mugs, and will not forget Johnson`s lies in a hurry. Many, like me, will relish the prospect of him as Tory leader, facing questions from a live audience in the build-up to an election. Bring it on!