Get the popcorn out, because a Tory MP just vowed to end Boris Johnson’s career

Boris Johnson
John Shafthauer

Boris Johnson has been in the news because it became public his wife left him. In what some have branded a distraction tactic, Johnson has since referred to the PM’s Chequers deal as a “suicide vest”. Regardless of his intentions, he can’t be happy with the result. The backlash has seen one Tory minister threaten to end his political career:

“Suicide vest”

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Johnson said:

under the Chequers proposal, we are set to agree to accept their rules – forever – with no say on the making of those rules.

It is a humiliation. We look like a seven-stone weakling being comically bent out of shape by a 500 lb gorilla. And the reason is simple: Northern Ireland, and the insanity of the so-called ‘backstop’.

We have opened ourselves to perpetual political blackmail. We have wrapped a suicide vest around the British constitution – and handed the detonator to Michel Barnier.


Tom Tugendhat, a former soldier who has been touted as a future Conservative leader, took offence at the comparison:

This provoked some strained defence of Johnson:

Others pointed out that Johnson’s callous wording is more than just talk:

Alistair Burt, who worked under Johnson at the Foreign Office, also criticised him:

Some Tories did defend Johnson. The most notable was Zac Goldsmith, although his intervention prompted a backlash of its own:


Jeremy Corbyn has managed to thrive as Labour leader despite the internal divisions within his party. It’s doubtful Johnson can do the same; he really just doesn’t have the stomach for it. This is the man who fled from his opportunity to lead the party through the Brexit negotiations and the party that drove a crying Margaret Thatcher from office.

In the meantime, grab your popcorn and watch the Tories tearing their own party to pieces.

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