A big skirmish but Boris escapes with a very small wound

ONE of the earliest images of John Major as PM captures him and his wife Norma sitting together at a public meeting but leaning against each other as far as possible.

It’s a gift for body language experts. Sources say the couple is consulting with a divorce attorney.

Boris Johnson appears to have survived attack from former Tory Prime Minister John Major


Boris Johnson appears to have survived attack from former Tory Prime Minister John MajorCredit: Unknown, clear with picture desk

It also comes as no surprise to his Westminster friends.

As a new congressman, Gray Man is known for flirting with women.

Firebrand Tory MP Edwina Currie later revealed that they had been through a four-year affair with Norma’s trusted backing.

John Major is a sexy beast,” she said. “He was 19 years old when he lived with a 33-year-old woman. Believe me, I don’t need to teach that man anything.”

Edwina may not be his first or last conquest, but the Major’s secret recklessness provides some balance for attack last week about “shameless” and “tricky” Boris Johnson.

By any standard, it was an evil personal humiliation by a flimsy defeat whose name was once tinged with political “sleazy”.

It’s so vicious that it catches Tory conspirators briefly and gives Boris a breath of surprise. Perhaps for a short while, the wind had blown their sails.

Everyone is waiting for Scotland Yard’s investigation into PartyGate and the possibility of BoJo being convicted of Covid-19 violations under fixed penalties.

It would be amazing if the final act of sacking Met Chief Cressida Dick was to bring down a newly elected Prime Minister for an illegal drink two years ago.

Except for that sensational result, Boris is out of danger – for the time being.

However, Tory MPs cannot decide on a successor.
Runner-up Rishi Sunak looks early.

There are doubts about rivals Liz Truss, Priti Patel, Sajid Javid and the rest like Jeremy Hunt and Tom Tugendhat.

“If he gets through this, he’ll probably be safe until the summer,” said one supporter.


“Then his fate belongs to the party and the voters. Will MPs challenge him? If not, will voters forgive him in time at the next election? ”

But Boris himself has a part to play as well.

“He has to change,” insisted one of the few people with the Prime Minister’s ears. “And he has to deliver on the promises he’s made on Brexit.”

Boris is off to a good start, choosing Jacob Rees-Mogg to identify and remove barriers to a free Brexit.

He will cut the copying regulations that bind us to Brussels as if we had never voted Leave – and tear down tariffs to trade freely with the rest of the world.

New Downing Street director Steve Barclay has begun dissolving the zero-emissions “green crap” promoted by Carrie Johnson and her environmental companion Zac Goldsmith.

There are moves to tear down the hated EU border between the UK and Northern Ireland. And pressure to reopen banned shale gas fields in the North.

Boris has critics on all sides of the Tory party, including some who voted him leader.

But the leadership frenzy was fueled above all by Remain’s hardened fanatics.

Andrew Adonis, Dotty Labour and Tory counterpart Michael Heseltine quit, insisted: “If Boris goes, Brexit will go”.

John Major’s Barbarian Offensive is subtitled European Union. There are Remainers in every party that want to get rid of Boris and rejoin.

But these Dementors weren’t the only ones stalking him. Pro-Brexit MPs and voters are demanding proof of delivery.


Boris wouldn’t be in danger today if he’d joined the Whitehall Blob, tackled the Woke Lobby and opened job-creating freelance funds instead of sitting on this pile of “must-do” projects.

Dome painter Dominic Cummings may have even stayed in the tent instead of throwing grenades.

Tory colleague Dan Hannan, though a devout Boris supporter, complains about a list of important measures – from genome editing and nuclear fusion, race relations to fraud and corruption – collect dust under Boris.

Hannan said: “Johnson was elected with the promise of ‘getting Brexit done’.
“That promise, in the end, will determine his survival.”

The stage is set for a terrifying clash between London mayor Sadiq Khan and Home Secretary Priti Patel over the next Met police commissioner.

Khan fired Cressida Dick last week without consulting the Minister, who is tasked with choosing a successor.

Patel wanted a suitable coin to put murderers, robbers and rapists behind bars.

Genghis enjoys a diversity expert waking up to studies on phobias, homophobia, and race.

And he has a veto! Tin hat time, friends. . . A big skirmish but Boris escapes with a very small wound

Bobby Allyn

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