Boris Johnson could have passed tipping point of unpopularity from which prime ministers never recover

Boris Johnson could have passed tipping point of unpopularity from which prime ministers never recover

There are not many prime ministerial careers that do not, eventually, end in failure. Fewer still recover from the kind of self-inflicted wounds Boris Johnson has given himself. Politicians can survive scandals and even overcome multiple calamities across a career. At some point, however, the improprieties and foul-ups congeal into an unrepairable mess, dragging their unhappy bearer into the abyss. This is the tipping point - the moment that, as Dr Mark Garnett, author of The British Prime Minister in an Age of Upheaval, puts it: “The gilt comes off the gingerbread man.” If Mr Johnson falls in the next few weeks, there are few historical comparisons that will do justice to the precipitous nature of his decline. This is the man, after all, who took a parliament paralysed for …
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