BORIS AND BREXIT
This is how I ended my blog of last August 5 on Boris Johnson:
A new Churchill he would be
But I fear his legacy
Will be similar to that of poor Theresa.
Now, it’s in the nature of satire to distort and exaggerate. But if it flies in the face of obvious, widely known facts, it loses its impact. Therefore the assertion that Boris Johnson, having led his party to the biggest election victory since the Thatcher era, will be consigned to the same historical verdict as the unfortunate Theresa May, can no longer be considered the soul of wit, whatever its resonance in August.
When Boris Johnson was elected party leader
And prime minister, an unpropitious tale,
To the tabloids and their least attentive reader
It was obvious he’d very quickly fail.
In the Commons he was constantly outvoted
His positions were embarrassingly mocked.
Yet in face of all the setbacks critics noted
They were suddenly, immeasurably shocked.
For given his past enmity to Brussels
His diplomacy, they said, could not succeed.
Yet despite the disagreements and the tussles
A new framework for discussion they agreed
Very quickly he announced a new election
To provide him with the numbers that he lacked.
And the voters chose to try a new direction
From their system’s inability to act.
Nor need he fear the Labour opposition
Led by Jeremy Corbyn who opined
Many policies of far-left definition
Which left the great majority behind.
So in the victory achieved by British Tories
A remarkable achievement had been gained,
For their numbers far exceeded party glories
Since the magic days when Maggie Thatcher reigned
Now the system can return to what is normal,
Five years before the next election’s called,
And Johnson, though his style may be informal,
Is clearly, undeniably installed.
And yet…And yet… Having to correct my assessment of Boris Johnson from last August, will I feel called upon to provide yet another corrective blog a year or two or three from now? Having led a successful Brexit departure effort, in what respects is he qualified to lead his nation to go it alone economically? Previously he had been a reasonably popular mayor of London and an unsuccessful foreign secretary under Theresa May. Does this experience equip him to undertake a task which the great majority of economists and business leaders believe to be daunting?
Boris Johnson is a clever politician
Who knows how to admonish and persuade.
But he’d have to be an absolute magician
To keep the Brexit promises he’s made.
We can hope that he will be the kind of leader
Who’ll provide a bold agenda that succeeds,
And his tenure will provide the happy ending
That Britain now quite desperately needs.
But I fear that’s not the message that I’m sending
From my politics of Britain catalog,
For you’d not expect to find a happy ending
To a caustic and satiric kind of blog.