Written by Jacob Jaffa |
This Tuesday, Boris Johnson took to the stage in Birmingham to set out his plan for the future of Britain, not only after Brexit but also under a Conservative (and perhaps his) leadership.
Speaking to a packed house at the Conservative Party Conference, the former foreign secretary – who just last week made headlines with his newly proposed ‘Super Canada’ Brexit deal – outlined several major policies. The speech was characterised by BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg as ‘wide-ranging’ and a ‘blatant pitch for leadership’.
Notable moments include: Johnson calling May’s Chequers plan a ‘cheat’, advocating tax cuts across the board and even managing to get in a jibe at the Chancellor. Johnson hailed Philip Hammond’s claim that he would never be leader as “the only Treasury forecast in some time to have a distinct ring of truth”.
“Johnson hailed Hammond’s claim that he would never be leader as “the only Treasury forecast in some time to have a distinct ring of truth”.”
This comes as a major blow to an already embattled May who locked horns with EU leaders this week over the claim that the first diplomatic move for the latter to make.
As this was unfolding, Mr Johnson himself seemed to mock May openly by taking a jog through a wheat field, seemingly a parody of the PM’s 2017 interview in which she stated that the “naughtiest thing she’d ever done” was running through fields as a young girl.
Johnson is widely seen as a potential successor to May, particularly amongst the right-wing of the Conservative Party, and his speech today is already being viewed as an escalation of his drive towards the leadership.
“Johnson is widely seen as a potential successor to Mrs May, particularly amongst the right-wing of the Conservative Party…”
However, the apparent leadership bid has already been rubbished by both the Chancellor – who has previously stated that Johnson will never get to 10 Downing Street – as well as party chair Brandon Lewis who warned the press against “getting into hypotheticals”.
The Conservative Party Conference concludes today.