Boris resigns and accedes to mass pressure

The ousting of this prime minister was different.

Unlike Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair or Theresa May, who were all also removed from office by their parties rather than the electorate, Boris Johnson could not leave with his head held high.

He has not been forced out by differences over policy or outstaying his welcome.

Johnson is leaving in disgrace because of flaws in his personality and behaviour, as scores of ministers complained in their resignation letters.

In the words of Brandon Lewis, the first nail in his political coffin on the final day: “A decent and responsible government relies on honesty, integrity and mutual respect. It is a matter of profound personal regret for me that I must leave government as I no longer believe those values are being upheld.”

This Wednesday after tea

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