Boris has been bruised by the Owen Paterson fiasco, but the real loser is Labour leader Keir Starmer, who is STILL more unpopular.
“IT didn’t go so well, did it?” says one of Boris Johnson’s bruised inner circle.
The Owen Paterson debacle was a political car crash, a botched own goal, and a self-inflicted wound.
It gave a snarling John Major the opportunity to launch a venomous tirade against government “sleaze,” which had been a defining feature of his own tainted premiership.
Thangam Debbonaire, a Labour frontbencher, made a name for herself by calling for BoJo to resign.
Thangam, don’t ask unless you’re certain it’ll happen.
Boris is nowhere to be found.
This is one of Westminster’s frequent but brief volcanic eruptions, a sulphurous outburst of pent-up rage, with Brexit at its center once more.
Today, the Prime Minister will take his well-deserved thrashing in Parliament — and then move on.
None of this will matter in the next election, whenever that may be.
Within a few weeks, the row will be overtaken by more serious events — not all of which will be favorable to the government — and will be added to the list of passing scandals.
Labour leader Keir Starmer, it turns out, is the real loser.
Surprisingly, despite all of this hullabaloo, the Conservatives continue to lead in the polls, albeit by a razor-thin margin.
More to the point, Starmer is even less popular than the beleaguered PM, with Boris Johnson rated as the best leader by 41% to Starmer’s 27%.
There is no proper opposition in this country.
People may not be happy about last week’s debacle, but they haven’t forgotten about sleazy Labour MPs like the gruesome Keith Vaz and the acid-threatening Claudia Webbe.
Even in the midst of the squabble between the new Red Wall Tory MPs and the “Spartans” of Brexit’s old guard, voters see Labour as divided and inept.
This is a damning verdict at a time in the Parliamentary calendar when an opposition party needs to be 20% ahead to have a chance of forming a new government.
To get ahead, Labour needs a miracle — or a new leader.
None of this excuses the shambles of last week.
It also doesn’t mean the Conservatives are immune to those terrifying “events.”
Without going into detail about the country’s economic woes, voters are already feeling a pinch in their “hip-pocket nerve”… their wallet.
If you can, ignore the impending increases in National Insurance, taxes, mortgages, and other budgetary measures.
If we’re ever allowed to travel freely again, forget about a new car or a second vacation.
The shape of a planet-sized invoice will soon be hurtling our way from the COP26 climate change summit.
Greta Thunberg may call it “blah, blah, blah,” but it’ll set us back a lot of money.
Brinkwire News in a Nutshell.