Boris Johnson survives...yet at what cost?
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In case you missed it – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson survived a vote of no confidence within his party (that is, an internal vote that is effectively an intra-party version of the national vote) by a margin of 63 – 211 to 148. This was by no means a salubrious or reassuring result for Johnson and his apologists: a worse performance than May’s vote in 2018 (majority of 83), when the parliamentary party was much smaller. May held on for six further months.
Boris seems safe for now. After all, with the plentiful ministers on the Government payroll (though here and there, the odd PPS deserted him) paired with a diehard Tory voter base that seemed to take anything and all he did for granted (as in, they okay’ed it before even knowing what it was), it is only understandable that BoJo won’t go down without a tough fight, and his odds do not look spectacularly awful in the interim. ...