Yesterday, we got the news that we were all expecting. Boris Johnson has been elected as leader of the Conservative Party and will be invited to form a government later today. It will not surprise you to hear that I believe that this is a terrible choice.
This is not just because of his track record – wasting millions on useless vanity projects and doing lazy botch-jobs on serious diplomacy issues, dodging responsibility and scrutiny at every turn – but because of the dismaying message it sends to us all about social mobility in the UK. He will be the 20th Prime Minister who had attended Eton College, proof once again that in millennial Britain, if you’re from the right family, with the right money and you’ve been to the right school, even if you are dangerously lacking in the skills for the job. This continues to be a serious problem in our country and the appointment of Mr Johnson will do nothing to resolve it.
After weeks of a leadership contest, one big question remains – we still have no idea how Johnson intends to resolve the Brexit crisis. We do not know if he wants to seek renegotiation, a second referendum or to crash us out without a deal. It is ridiculous that we have gotten this far – and this close to the deadline – without the future Prime Minister being able to answer this vital question.
If it is to be No Deal that Johnson pursues, I will reiterate that I am committed to fighting every step of the way to avoid leaving without a deal. As I, and many of you who have contacted me, see it, No Deal is tantamount to inflicting economic sanctions on ourselves.
Johnson thinks that all we need to do to get through this crisis is to believe in Britain and be more optimistic about our future. It is truly alarming that our future Prime Minister is this detached from the realities of the situation. Now is the time for him to step up, take the job seriously and show us what he has to offer.