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Tory MPs Are Beginning To Think Boris Johnson Has Lost His Grip

Another Minister said, "There are a number of times I’ve been in meetings with him and I’ve been surprised at the way he didn’t seem to have a feel for what was driving the agenda. Not so much a lack of a grasp of the detail, more the way an issue is playing out."

Most Conservative MPs currently feel that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has lost his grip, and his Government also lost its ways. This is happening less than a year since he became the British Prime Minister, leaving some to start considering whether Mr Johnson may have to go.

One Tory MP said, “I have already had two people come up to me today and separately say, I think Boris may have to go. There’s no way you would have been hearing that even last month.”

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That’s a clear reason to believe that some Conservative politicians are beginning to reconsider their loyalty for the Prime Minister as a Minister in another instance said: “It’s all gone for a ball of chalk.”

“It’s been difficult for people to get organised because everyone’s been scattered around the country. But the conversations are taking place now. There’s a feeling the basic level of competence isn’t there in No 10,” one MP said.

The heat started when the Premier League’s sixth deadliest striker forced the government into a turnaround. No 10 were too slow to get ahead of an issue they had been aware of for over a month.

When it became open across the airwaves, they were uncertain whether to back Rashford’s call for a summer free-school meals extension or trash it completely. After the U-turn was considered it was undermined by confusion over whether Boris had even been aware of his campaign at all.

“What lay at the heart of all was that no one trusts No 10 to hold the line on anything any more. No one’s going to go out and fight for a policy – even if it’s the right policy – because they think when the heat is on, they’ll fold.” One Minister explained while adding that, “Cummings is the only thing they’ve actually dug in over. Everyone and everything else is expendable.”

Another disturbing factor to Tory MPs is a possibility of the past mayhem of the past week not being an aberration, but a return to normality. Boris Johnson’s shocking election victory has obscured the fact that retreats and confused and messy compromises were part of his administration in early days.

One Minister noted, ‘Boris and Cummings are great at campaigning but rubbish at governing. They’re like one-club golfers. Everything has to be framed as part of the culture war.’

Another Minister said, “There are a number of times I’ve been in meetings with him and I’ve been surprised at the way he didn’t seem to have a feel for what was driving the agenda. Not so much a lack of a grasp of the detail, more the way an issue is playing out.”

How Boris is handling the end of the lockdown is alienating those within the Tory Party who are originally expected to be his supporters, “If you look at where a lot of the anger is coming from, it’s from the Right of the party. Being seen to surrender to the teaching unions. Faffing around over going to 1m distancing. This is infuriating the sort of people Boris thought he could rely on,” a Minister said.

Some of this is just another emotional spasm from a party that long ago lost its ability to maintain a stiff upper lip in the face of adversity.

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One Minister has noted, “We’re not a happy Government, which is particularly disappointing given it comes so hard on the heels of Theresa’s unhappy Government.”

Speaking on what next after the coronavirus devastating show of display one senior Tory said “When coronavirus is under control, the main issue is going to be the economy. And Boris’s energy and enthusiasm could be just what’s needed to lift people’s spirits as we emerge from recession.”

But there is no doubt that if he is to get a grip of his skittish party, Boris is going to need to reassert himself. And to do that he needs to refocus on the issues that really matter. In particular, he should be concentrating on the following three key priorities: getting Britain out of lockdown, getting Britain out of lockdown, and getting Britain out of lockdown.

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