If the polls are accurate, Conservative Party members are about to make a catastrophic mistake.
For the first time in 14 years, Tory grassroots have the opportunity to choose one of their own – a true believer who shares their goals, values and aspirations. Exhausted by decades of leftist betrayal and disgusted by weak, self-interested leadership they long for conservative conviction.
Those who insist that current frontrunner – Boris Johnson – believes in nothing are wrong. While he may have no coherent philosophy, Westminster’s master of deception is instinctively committed to globalist liberalism.
Boris is a nasty piece of work.
Among the morally bankrupt commentariat, the antics of ‘Bonking Boris’ are a source of some amusement. But are Boris’s four affairs really so funny? The hurt done to those that loved him. The two unborn children aborted. How could we claim to be the Party of family whilst led by someone who believes men ‘should not be confined to one woman’?
His image as a loveable rouge is intricately crafted to conceal cold calculation, but every so often the mask slips. When an Old Etonian friend shared his plan to have a News of the World journalist physically assaulted, Boris promised to help track down his home address.
Those closest to him ring further alarm bells. His current girlfriend, former director of comms at Conservative Campaign Headquarters, Carrie Symonds has quickly become a figurehead for social liberals – a postmaterialist ecowarrior, more concerned with saving turtles in the Bahamas than working-class jobs in Great Britain. One suspects Johnson’s decision to go vegan will not mark the end of Symond’s influence.
Conor Burns MP – friend, advisor and former PPS to Johnson, is the campaign’s puppet master. A sinister character, well known for all the wrong reasons among Conservative Party staffers. It is he who pulls the strings, devises policy and develops strategy.
Even his staunchest supporters would not dispute that Boris is willing to alter his politics for personal advantage. That’s why so many Wet Tory MPs are happy to offer their support, safe in the knowledge that they can shape his political trajectory from the outset.
He can’t be trusted on Brexit.
Nothing illustrates Johnson’s duplicity better than the unpublished article, authored just two days before announcing his decision to campaign for Brexit, in which he argues passionately in favour of remaining in the EU.
The truth is Boris never wanted Brexit. He expected a narrow defeat, after which he could make his pitch as the unity candidate to a disappointed, Eurosceptic membership. That’s why, in contrast to the raw, passionate jubilation of Nigel Farage, Johnson responded to our historic triumph with glum dejection.
Should we really be surprised? This is a man who was raised in Brussels. His father was a Eurocrat, his sister an unsuccessful candidate for EU fanatics, ‘Change UK’ and his Tory MP brother a vocal supporter of a second referendum.
Referring to the EU in 2003, Johnson stated that ‘if we did not have one, we would invent something like it’. He remains as attached to supranational governance today as he was then. To vote for him now would be a gargantuan gamble.
His record on immigration is shameful.
Reiterating his credentials as the ‘most pro-immigration politician in Britain’, Boris once joked that his only allies were the Green Party. Describing immigration as ‘a wonderful thing’, he pushed amnesty for illegal migrants, whilst chastising those ‘foolish’ enough to oppose Turkey’s entry to the EU.
Following Donald Trump’s comments about ‘no-go areas’ in parts of London, Johnson responded as Mayor of London, with vitriolic dismissal, insisting that the future President of our closest ally was ‘clearly out of his mind’, guilty of displaying ‘stupefying ignorance’ and was ‘unfit to hold the office of the President of the United States’.
Anyone naïve enough to believe Boris is an ally in the battle for Western Civilisation should reflect on his own words: ‘Are we really saying about ourselves and about Europe that it is for ever coterminous with nothing but Christendom? Well, try going to Bradford and saying that’.
He is a radical social liberal.
One of the earliest crusaders for same-sex marriage, Boris maintained that ‘institutions must move with the times’. Encouraging British embassies to fly the LGTB flag was among his first pronouncements as Foreign Secretary.
He did nothing to seriously address the global persecution of Christians. Indeed, his only words of ecumenical wisdom seem to be that: ‘Most religions… require a belief in all sorts of more or less peculiar things’.
He is a hyper-privileged member of the elite.
The working class are the last custodians of conservatism. Only by offering blue-collar patriots a radical new social and economic settlement can the Tory Party survive.
Contrary to the mainstream media narrative, the populist revolution is just beginning. We need a leader with a sense of place. A leader who truly loves our nation, who has felt the fears and experienced the challenges of ordinary people.
Boris Johnson has lived in a bubble of immense privilege from the moment of his birth in Manhattan. Surely we can do better than yet another multimillionaire, Etonian, Oxbridge, Bullingdon Club boy from a family dynasty that makes the crooked Clintons look like the personification of meritocracy.
His record? Failure.
Johnson’s legacy as Foreign Secretary extends little further than the hollow repetition of the words ‘global Britain’. An unpredictable and erratic egotist, his vigorous support for military action in Iraq and Syria is a troubling indication of his desire to secure personal legacy through interventionism.
As Mayor of London, he promised to eradicate rough sleeping and ensure a manned ticket office at every station. The reality? Homelessness doubled, whilst every single ticket office was closed.
Instead, huge sums of taxpayer’s money were wasted on a collection of vanity-projects. Some £53 million squandered on the now abandoned ‘Garden Bridge’ without a brick being laid.
Simultaneously, the charm, history and character of Britain’s capital city was dealt a fatal blow by Johnson’s unrelenting modernism – approving the construction of numerous, towering architectural monstrosities.
His wider record is equally dismal, having been sacked on two occasions for telling barefaced lies.
The truth is simple. Boris Johnson isn’t a conservative. He isn’t a man of the people or the champion of grassroots. He’s an internationalist, establishment elite who will say or do anything for personal advantage. Sure, for now that might mean members like what we hear, but let there be no doubt – once elected – Johnson would turn on us in an instant.
Ben Harris Quinney, Chairman of the UK’s oldest conservative think tank, the Bow Group, is right: ‘When it comes to Boris, the Tory Party risks going to bed with a conservative and waking up with yet another social democrat’.
As Conservative members, we must choose a leader with moral fortitude and intellectual capability. A leader truly committed to our values and philosophy. Only then will we deliver Brexit, reclaim our Party and renew our nation.
We won’t get this chance again.
David Sergeant is a Conservative researcher in the House of Commons.