And as it happens with any beleaguered leader in a Westminster system around the world, there are now clear threats to call snap elections. This would see him leave on his own terms, but could destroy the party, at the risk of a constitutional crisis.
During Question Time in the House of Commons on Wednesday, where he insisted he would “keep going” to a near silence from Conservative MPs behind him, Johnson took a diminished figure.
In an avalanche of resignation letters, Environment Minister Jo Churchill spoke for many when she said recent events had shown that “integrity, competence and judgment are all essential to the role of Prime Minister, while a joking, selfish approach will inevitably have led to his limitations.” “.
Rachel Maclean, the Secretary of State for Security, wrote: “Values, principles, integrity and decency are more important than anything else” and she could not “stand by and do nothing”.
Ultimately, with major economic headwinds, Britain needs competent and reliable leadership. Inflation is on track to reach 11 percent; millions worry about their ability to make ends meet, the pound sinks and mass strikes hit several industries.
And there is a war raging in Europe, but the British government has been embroiled in scandals surrounding its leader for months.
It took many MPs a long time to get here, but the truth is that Johnson’s fate was sealed by the so-called partygate scandal, revealing that he allowed a culture of illegal partying in Downing Street while his country was in lockdown.
He himself was fined by the police for attending a meeting, but had repeatedly assured parliament that no rules had been broken.
Johnson cannot control or change the past, but he can determine how history records his departure.
He can destroy his government, his party and the status of his country, or he can accept that the game is over and quietly sneak into village life and try to redeem himself as the years go by.
It seems like an all too obvious choice to make.
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