What’s next for Boris Johnson?

For the first time in parliamentary history, a prime minister has been overthrown simply for lying – once too often.

Last week in Westminster it was ‘keep going up Downing Street’ as Crown ministers entered No 10 Downing Street every few minutes to step down and then came out to tell the media they were concerned about ‘integrity in of Government” – a value they had never bothered with in Boris Johnson’s three-year tenure.

“Parties, what parties?” Johnson was responding to stories of the No. 10 colliery – until photos surfaced of him raising a glass to these violations of his own law.

When he then denied knowing anything about “pincher by name, pincher by nature,” ministers repeated his lie before it was exposed. He changed his story to say he forgot, but no one believed him. Like the boy who cried wolf, he was then devoured.

Johnson did everything to remain in power, except, of course, to apologize. At some point he wanted to ask the Queen to use her reserves of power to call elections so that he could continue to lead the Tories. Australians will be amused at how quickly word got back from the Palace that Her Majesty would not do such a thing. Her ‘backup’ was last used to fire Gough Whitlam in 1975, so the lesson of the ‘fire’ seems to have been learned.

Johnson will stay through the British summer and the country’s new prime minister will be announced on September 5. There is no apparent successor to pick up his fallen banner again because nothing says so – he has left no other reason to stand up for himself.

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You can’t hold down a bad man, so now Johnson will begin to build the legacy he never left. He will quickly write an autobiography, bitter and funny, but devoid of insight into his own downfall, dubbed the Shakespearean tragedy. He’ll then embark on a lucrative speaking tour – expect to hear him at the convention centers of Sydney and Melbourne late next year, his jocular Oxford Union banter obscuring the fact he has nothing important to say.

Surely he pulled through the Brexit. The referendum would not have happened without his electrifying rhetoric, far-fetched imagination and Trump’s appeals to make little Britain great again, but opinion polls show that a majority of the public now believes Brexit was a mistake, which it certainly was. Part of the reason for the current economic slowdown – low growth, if not no growth at all – is that the UK is the worst performing country in Europe alongside Russia. The border issue with Northern Ireland cannot be resolved and Scotland is dying to secede. The pound falls when inflation rises. Eventually, the country must rejoin the single market.

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Joel McCord

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