Boris Johnson has ‘three months’ to save job says commentator
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Things have gone from bad to worse for Boris Johnson after a series of unforgettable scandals have left him facing a potential fight to hold on to the leadership of the Conservative Party and the country. The latest YouGov tracker shows the percentage of Britons saying they disapprove of the Government’s record to date has risen by 10 points to nearly two-thirds, or 63 percent, from 53 percent on December 5.
What’s more, approval of the Tory Government among Conservative voters has dropped to new lows this week.
On December 13, YouGov found 45 percent of Conservative voters approved of the current Government’s record, and 33 percent disapproved.
The results are a far cry from the apex reached in the first lockdown, where 83 percent Tory voters approved of Mr Johnson’s ruling party.
Among the general population, 55 percent of women and 56 percent of men disapprove of the current Government.
December 19 will mark two years since the general election in which Mr Johnson won the biggest majority since Margaret Thatcher in 1987.
But since then, the Prime Minister has stumbled from disaster to scandal and back again, with his position becoming increasingly untenable – and the public are noticing the mistakes more than ever before.
Labour is now enjoying a poll lead of four percentage points, putting them at 37 percent to the Tories 33 percent – the first time Labour has clawed back in several years.
The polls are in stark opposition to the first lockdown, when the country buckled down and got behind the Government in the fight to beat the coronavirus pandemic.
The results have come after a disastrous few months for the Conservatives, with many considering the Downing Street parties scandal the death knell for Mr Johnson’s tenure.
Even his own MPs are growing mutinous: as more coronavirus restrictions were brought in this week, more than 100 Tory MPs defied and voted against introducing measures like vaccine passports.
The turbulence is unlikely to be temporary, with the shadow of how well the Government was performing for the electorate not far behind.
In May, local elections were a triumph for the Tories and the Hartlepool by-election result made many believe Mr Johnson could be a long-haul Prime Minister like Tony Blair or Margaret Thatcher.
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But the Matt Hancock affair scandal marked the beginning of a series of embarrassing missteps for the Government, with the Owen Paterson sleaze scandal damaging the party’s reputation yet further.
These factors saw the breakdown of trust between the Prime Minister and his MP’s began to show.
Those in the so-called ‘red wall’ took a hardline with their leader for disastrously miscalculating what he could get away with when he attempted to rewrite parliamentary rules.
Mr Johnson also lost respect and was the butt of many jokes when he made a disastrous speech to the CBI, where he jumbled up his notes and bizarrely went on a ramble about a recent trip to Peppa Pig World.
To add insult to injury, the cancellation of several HS2 lines led to considerable backlash from northern businesses and residents, doing considerable damage to his reputation in the north of England.
But the Downing Street party allegations could be the nail in the coffin for Mr Johnson, with speculation rife that Conservative MPs could be considering a vote of no confidence in their leader.
The party saga, which has dominated headlines for almost a fortnight now, has left the electorate reeling as they reckon with a party that allegedly ignored its lockdown rules and the cancellation of Christmas in 2020.
But the Prime Minister is being characteristically defiant in the face of overwhelming discontent – and it’s likely to be up to his party to decide whether he will see it through to the third anniversary of his big election win.
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