A Clown in Number 10: 12 Months on, Boris as Prime Minister.
Boris was the Foreign Minister in Theresa May's government that walked away. That summer at Chequers, when Boris, openly argued with Prime Minister Theresa May. The argument was over Theresa May's Brexit deal. The deal many saw as a deal that was a cave in to the EU. A Neville Chamberlain deal that yes, granted the UK, leave to exit the EU, but still kept us, under a certain amount of their control.
May tried 3 times to get her bill passed before parliament (with refinements) but no. Labour under Jeremy Corbyn, the SNP, Lib/Dems and many Tories on the right, voted it down. The fourth time was on the cards, but, it seems May thought about it, and, withdrew the bill.
May threw in the towel and there was a leadership contest. It came down to Jeremy Hunt and Boris. Needless to say, Boris romped home and became the Tory leader and new British Prime Minister.
Boris promised to leave the EU, deal or no deal, and that, by all accounts, is still the case. We are in the transition phase of leaving the EU now. We are still technically under European Union rules, then we will leave, deal or no deal, at the end of the year.
So what can we make of Boris' time in office 12 months on? Well, in December gone, Boris won a landslide election, on his promise, to take the UK, out of the EU.
Labour suffered its fourth defeat, its worst defeat since the 1930s, apparently. Jeremy Corbyn, stayed on until Sir Keir Starmer (who has proved a formidable opponent for Boris) emerged as the new Labour leader.
Then Bojo, got us out of the EU or to be precise, we will be leaving at the end of the year (as explained). Then there was the pandemic, that has devastated certain parts of the world more than others. 45,000 people or so have paid the ultimate price in the UK, because of COVID-19.
The victims were ordinary people and many on the frontline battling the disease. NHS staff and care staff, fought like lions, to care, protect and cure the ill. We went into lockdown on 23 March and are now trying to get back to some sort of normality (even though, the virus has not gone away).
Boris himself caught the virus and went into St Thomas' NHS hospital. Boris could have died there, but NHS staff nursed him back to health. Boris, seemed humble, naming his new baby after the staff, who cared for him. Boris took time off, with Dominic Raab, First Minister and Foreign Secretary, acting as Prime Minister. Boris, eventually after some r and r, returned to the helm, as the resident, of No 10.
So Boris, in his first year as PM, like him or not, as had a lot to contend with. He promised during his victory speech in December, to level up the country. Paying Furloughed workers 80% of their wages, was a good thing. However, Chancellor Sunak, says the scheme is due to end in October. As mentioned, Labour's Sir Keir Starmer has hit the ground running, enjoying more popularity than Corbyn. Generally, landing a metaphorical punch on Boris, during PMQ sessions. So, ultimately, will Boris be out of power by 2024 (next general election) or will he still be there? The future of our country then, will either be directed, by Boris or Keir.