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Boris Johnson's premiership in context

Mike McCartney

9th September 2022

Quite a good article, with lots of quotes to plunder for a PM power essay

Here, for example is a long one by Anthony Seldon:

In the pantheon of UK premiers, Johnson must claim his place as among the most scandalous, according to the contemporary historian Sir Anthony Seldon, political biographer of all UK prime ministers since Thatcher, and whose biography of Johnson is due in the spring.

“His premiership was controversial and historic, because of Brexit, the landslide, and Covid, but also historically wasted opportunities. To have squandered the landslide is really unusual. He simply didn’t know how to be prime minister, hadn’t a clue,” said Seldon.

“He had more flaws than the Shard. But also extraordinary once-in-a-generation political gifts; the ability to read politics, to see a big picture, to communicate, and to be liked, far and wide,” he added.

“It’s historic, also, because of the extraordinary lack of respect for convention and the constitution.

“He thought he could make up his own rules, but in the end he found out that he couldn’t. He ran out of oxygen. He went on and on defying gravity and in the end he fell from the sky.

See the full article here.

Mike McCartney

Mike is an experienced A-Level Politics teacher, author and examiner.

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