Lord Michael Heseltine, a Tory biggie, was scathing in his attack on Johnson and how he affected the Conservative Party. Speaking of Johnson’s legacy, he said: “Boris is tied to one policy – Brexit. Boris is going Brexit is going. We need new leadership who will give meaning to our relationship with Europe. He is clear that the right wing is a suicidal path for the conservative party, centrism must be restored.
He added: ‘His prime minister helped undermine Britain’s international reputation and the reputation of the Tories.’
Indeed, even Boris’ resignation was a spectacle that lasted for weeks, he resisted it with his Trumpian claims that he has a mandate of 14 million votes. As time goes by, he will be remembered as a great communicator who got Brexit done, for his contribution to aid in the war in Ukraine, but basically didn’t listen and became Presidential. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were more detailed comparisons between him and Trump.
This whole saga has turned into ‘Murder on The Orient Express’ with everyone having their hands dipped in blood, including their key supporters, such as Home Secretary Priti Patel. But now, with his release comes the obvious question: who will be his successor? Senior Tory leaders and both opposition parties – Labor and the Liberal Democrats – oppose Johnson continuing as caretaker prime minister until a new leader is elected. Currently, Trade Secretary Penny Mordaunt, seen in the party as having strong pro-Brexit credentials, charisma and good leadership qualities, is the favorite to succeed Johnson.
Former Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who resigned earlier this week, is the second most likely candidate. Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and former Health Secretary Sajid Javid make up the rest of the top five candidates to replace Johnson. But in a YouGov poll of Conservative Party members, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace leads with 48% of the vote, ahead of Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss with 29% each. It’s not over until it’s over. Things can change quickly.