A heart-pounding vow to fight to the death, despair among Tory greats at the impending loss of their champion, and disbelief that Boris Johnson is still holding on – it’s all part of the mix as the British newspapers feast on another day of high drama at Westminster.
In what it calls an “exclusive” on “Defiant Boris’ message to Tory rebels”, the Sun splatters with the headline “You’ll have to dip your hands in the blood to get rid of me”. A “major ally” of the prime minister reiterates the No. 10 briefing line that the rebels will have to overthrow the “will of the people” if they want to oust Johnson.
Johnson’s alleged battle is also the theme of the… Daily Mails front page, with the headline “Boris stares at the mutiny” and a coverage tease inside on the “gif” and the “suddenly”.
The columnist, Stephen Glover, laments the inevitable fall of the one-time hero of the Tory party.
“The truth is it’s all over,” he writes. “Boris Johnson must go now – for his own good, for the good of his party and the good of the country. This may be a cruel way to treat a man who has done good things, but who said politics was fair?”
Joining the Mail in the Downing Street bunker is the emphaticallywhich has the front page headline: “The Prime Minister’s Latest Stand: Support Me or Face Political Oblivion”.
Outside the bunker, however, it is a colder world, with the Telegraph sounds resigned to the fact that Johnson will have to go. Mortally injured prime minister defies cabinet demands that he resign.
Also on the front page, Camilla Tominey laments Johnson’s betrayal of his party’s values and his failure to follow the Thatcher lodestar.
“Much of the criticism leveled at Mr Johnson in recent months has been about his lack of delivery as well as his lack of judgment. It is not only his character and his ability that have been questioned, but his conservatism.”
“Johnson is fighting for his life,” says the front of the… Timewith the same photo as the Telegraph of the Prime Minister gritting his teeth and clenching his fists in the House of Commons.
Inside, Max Hastings welcomes the prospect of a more “serious” resident at number 10.
“For three years we have been guided by people who are overwhelmingly preoccupied with their personal interests, devoid of a credible prospectus for our society. We now need a prime minister who will restore the dignity and self-respect of the country and its governance.”
Desperate, misguided PM clings to power, says de guardian splash. It reports that while Johnson remains in office, much of the party has already started thinking about who should replace him, with Sajid Javid leading the way.
The Financial times is suitably understated with its rousing headline of “Johnson rocked by cabinet revolt”.
The Subway uses one of Johnson’s favorite lines against him in the front page headline: “Get exit done Boris”.
“Cabinet coup” says the iwhich forms a rogue gallery of ministers who, following the fall of Margaret Thatcher, went to Johnson on Wednesday to tell him it was time to go.
The Daily record however, gives a neat summary with the headline “Never ending Tory”.