“The party’s over – Boris Johnson” – it’s time for the Prime Minister to behave like one

The North Shropshire byelection is a telling off to Boris Johnson. He has been given the responsibility of leading the country at a time of trial and he is doing a bad job of leading.

46% of voters turned out on a day that recorded more new positive cases of Covid than ever before.


The Liberal swing is even greater than that at Chesham and Amersham and this time the Prime Minister cannot brush the result off as a result of local issues.

The Liberals fought the campaign on national as well as local issues and Helen Morgan’s acceptance speech, though scripted , made it clear what she thought of Boris Johnson’s antics.

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey tweeted from self-isolation

Helen Morgan is a parish councillor who had recently lost an election to be a Shropshire County Councillor. She stood in the 2019 general election in the same seat but won just 5,643 votes – 10% of the total. This time round, she took 17,957 votes – more than 47% of the. For a few hours she will be a famous politician and for a few years an MP.

No doubt she will struggle to retain her seat at a general election, such is the nature of things. But right now she should be congratulated in mobilising the electorate in a way that the Labour party couldn’t.

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7 Responses to “The party’s over – Boris Johnson” – it’s time for the Prime Minister to behave like one

  1. John Mather says:

    46% turnout!! The apathy party win again, as they do in pensions

    • henry tapper says:

      If you were in England – London – Hackney (where I am) – or even North Shropshire, you wouldn’t be too keen on going out right now! Covid is a very real threat

    • Tim Simpson says:

      Hello John,
      I have ‘dyed-in-the-wool’ Tory family in that constituency who’s intention was to ‘abstain’ – a popular Tory strategy these days. Thus, if that intention was widespread, then the 46% who voted are, I suggest, the reason for the triumph and we should therefore be pleased .

      Do enjoy your champagne and plenty of it…!

      Kind regards,
      Tim Simpson

  2. Brian G says:

    One of the major problems with the Tory Party is that when they oust Boris another clown will take his place. There is a complete lack of integrity in the current cabinet, a bunch of sycophants put in post for their loyalty rather than any capability to govern. If we remove from his record the admittedly good job Sunak did at the start of the pandemic, since then he has been no more than adequate, and the rest of the cabinet are a crock of shite.

    • Tim Simpson says:

      Hello Brian,

      I do not think you are wrong. But then few, if any, of these politicians nowadays have ever run a business, let alone a large business. True some, like Sunak and Hunt are ‘entrepreneurs’ or ‘hedgies’ but that is not understanding cash flows, staff management, motivation, profit & loss etc. You might say that Boris ran the GLA, yet that’s not the same thing either. Granted there he stood up for the Police against the **** Mrs May(hem). Look at Cameron’s working history pre-MP and then post-Minister…? Also Osbourne’s management of the Evening Standard after they had both crashed the Country with Brexit. I’m not surprised that Boris got in because, I was at work at the time, and all the women there found him amusing. I suggest you brace yourself for a further PM candidate who (surprise,surprise) is also Eton/Oxbridge, who’s also full of the belief that they are born to rule.
      Kind regards,
      Tim Simpson

  3. Brian G says:

    one of the major problems with the Tory party is that once they oust the Boris shit show they will replace him with another incompetent fool. The current cabinet is bereft of talent, put in post for their sycophantic loyalty rather than any discernible talent. Although he did well with the furlough scheme, since then Sunak has been at best adequate, and the rest have displayed poor judgement, and show no signs of having the integrity, intellect and leadership skills required to get us through the challenges we face over the coming years.

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