On the day Boris Johnson became Prime Minister, he received a text message from Winston Churchill’s grandson.
His old friend, Sir Nicholas Soames, told me: “I texted Boris saying that when my grandfather became Prime Minister, he opened a bottle of champagne with the family.
And he suggested toasting, “This is so as not to spoil it.”
“And I said to Boris, ‘I pray for all of our sake that you don’t spoil it. And that is my hope for Boris.”
“And what are your fears?” I asked Soames. “I’m afraid he might blow it up.”
After 907 days at No 10, Johnson knew he was on track to fulfill his friend’s darkest fear.
His backstory so far resembles a Netflix drama written by a screenwriter about speed, mixing Shakespeare, Monty Python, and The Sopranos.
So what is the problem that Johnson is now? compared with the woes of some of his predecessors out of 10 since the Second World War – and how will his own story end?
When Harold Wilson of Labour moved back to Downing Street in 1974, enmity and envy arose among his three most influential advisers.
On one side was his longtime political secretary Marcia Falkender, rumored to have slept with Wilson.
Against her were press secretary Joe Haines and scholar Bernard Donoughue of the London School of Economics.
“Marcia has a substantial hold on Harold,” Donoughue told me.
“He was afraid of her. And when she attacked him, he would reach for the brandy bottle.”
The Prime Minister became ill from stress and his personal doctor, Joe Stone, was always on duty.
“One day, Dr. Stone came to my room,” Haines told me, “said he was worried about the stress Marcia was putting on Harold. He said something had to be done about it.
“Then Joe Stone said, ‘I can get rid of her. I am her doctor. And I will write the death certificate’. “
But Haines told me: “Just imagine the headlines. Press secretary in the plot to kill Marcia Falkender. Murder in No. 10. So Bernard and I both said no. ”
As the Western world’s first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher – like Boris Johnson – was a stunning election winner.
But after 11 years steel woman has become rusty.
Challenged for the lead by another blonde bombshell, Michael Heseltine, she failed to win the first round of voting and had to decide whether to fight the second round.
I will never forgive that and I will never forget
She summoned her Cabinet ministers to meet one by one. Almost all of them advised her that she would lose.
Mrs Thatcher said: ‘He betrayed with a smile on his face.
“If you get into politics, you expect to get stabbed in the back.
“What hurts me the most is that I was thrown out after taking England from the depths of despair to the top.
“I will never forgive that and I will never forget.”
Tony Blair came to power pledging to end the “Sloppy Tory” story.
According to him, New Labor will be more pure than pure.
But within a few months, his government had granted Formula One mogul Bernie Ecclestone a favor that allowed him to keep lucrative sponsorships of tobacco companies that were currently banned from all sports. other great sports.
It was later revealed that Ecclestone had donated £1 million to Blair’s party.
Johnson’s Acting Prime Minister is like I’ve seen in 60 years of filming Prime Minister
As the scandal grew, the Prime Minister performed a vanishing trick.
His videographer, Alastair Campbell, insisted that the only way for Blair “to get on television and get a good kick from John Humphrys”.
On air, Blair protested: “I would never do anything wrong.
I think most people who’ve worked with me think that I’m a pretty straightforward type of guy – and so am I. ”
Not a defense one could imagine Boris Johnson employing. During David Cameron’s tenure as Prime Minister, he had a love-hate relationship with Johnson, whom he envied.
When Johnson famously got stuck on a zip cord, Cameron said: “With any other politician in the world, it would be a disaster.
“But for Boris, it will be a victory. He defies all the laws of political gravity.”
And Cameron later said, after Johnson successfully spearheaded the Leave the Brexit referendum campaign: “Boris ruined my bloody career.”
Johnson’s stint as prime minister is like nothing I’ve seen in 60 years of making Prime Ministers.
The only man backing him was the infamous Dominic Cummings, whom he brought into Downing Street as his almighty chief adviser.
Throughout his life, Bojo’s primary mode of transportation was to fly in his chair.
And he runs Number 10 not as the center of government, but as of a court – as king.
The only person backing him was the infamous Dominic Cummings, whom he brought into Downing Street as his almighty chief adviser.
But two of them lost.
Cummings said he told Johnson: “This whole number 10 system is in chaos. You are more afraid of my having the power to stop the chaos than you are of the chaos. ”
The Prime Minister laughed and replied: “You are right. Chaos is not bad, chaos means people have to look at me to see who is responsible. ”
As the tragi comic book story about the culture of partying without parties, drinking, eating cheese, and dancing during a pandemic continues,
Johnson will need to deploy all of his legendary skills as a world-class truant to keep his crown.
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