DAILY MAIL COMMENT: End the plotting and unite behind the Prime Minister
Loser’s consent – graciously accepting the result of a free and fair vote, no matter how vehemently you might disagree with it – is essential to a functioning democracy.
Troublingly, however, some in British politics seem to believe this noble concept can be disregarded on a whim.
Now, another instance of such unsavoury antics. While Boris Johnson‘s victory in Monday’s no-confidence vote means he cannot be challenged for a year, a gaggle of Tory mutineers are petulantly vowing to topple him all the same. What right have these political pygmies to refuse to abide by the expressed will of the majority?
If their coup succeeded, it would be one of the most grievous acts of self-harm witnessed in Westminster for a very long time.
Only 30 months ago Boris, by sheer force of personality, broke the logjam of a paralysed, Remainer-dominated parliament and gave the Tories their biggest majority in a generation.
Boris Johnson addresses his Cabinet ahead of the weekly Cabinet meeting in Downing Street on Tuesday
Do these disloyal, ungrateful plotters really know better than the 14million who voted for him? If they embark on a guerrilla war to turf him out it will be abundantly clear they are devoid of principles (stand up, Jeremy Hunt) and nothing more than self-serving narcissists (take a bow, David Davis).
No, the anti-Johnson gang have had their moment. If they have an iota of integrity, they will take a deep breath and unite behind the Prime Minister.
Of course, Partygate was a scandal. But Tory MPs should not be spooked by the tsunami of outrage on 24-hour news.
For months, the PM has been ceaselessly and savagely attacked by a shamelessly biased broadcast media. Yet the party only just trails Labour in the polls.
Mr Johnson has undoubtedly been badly damaged by the rebellion.
But the Daily Mail fervently believes he can rise to the monumental challenges facing the country. After all, in No 10 he has played a fiendishly difficult hand well, dealing with Brexit, Covid and the response to the Ukraine war.
Boris Johnson (pictured yesterday) is trying to move on from the Tory confidence vote despite four in 10 MPs calling for him to quit
Step one, though, is returning to the Tory values on which he was elected.
His promise to cut the eye-popping tax burden, to help grow the economy and ease the cost of living for families, is a welcome start. Just get on with it, PM.
He must also begin to fulfil his promises to deport Channel migrants, secure our energy supply and build more homes to give the young a stake in capitalism. Boosterish rhetoric must be matched by reality.
That is how the Tories can win the next election – and ward off Sir Keir Starmer’s ruinous socialist peril.
Holding us to ransom
The shameful meltdown at our airports that has ruined millions of ordinary people’s travel plans is poised to get even worse.
British Airways ground staff from the GMB union at Heathrow are threatening to strike during the summer holiday season in a bitter pay dispute, adding to flight chaos.
The shameful meltdown at our airports that has ruined millions of ordinary people’s travel plans is poised to get even worse. Pictured: Heathrow Airport
This, though, is merely the tip of the militant iceberg. Hardline rail workers have called a three-day walkout this month over exaggerated threats to jobs and pensions.
These dinosaurs may risibly claim to stand for social justice. But by needlessly and cruelly timing shutdowns to inflict maximum misery on passengers, they expose themselves as holding the public in utter disdain.
- In an invigorating blast of common sense, Sajid Javid has promised to slash the number of NHS diversity and inclusion managers. Under radical reforms, money saved by axing lavishly paid non-jobs will be invested in more doctors and nurses. Good. The health service’s priority should be looking after patients – not lining the pockets of box-tickers driving a PC agenda.