The last two years have been a nightmare. Between Boris Johnson screwing the general public by raising NI for those who need tax cuts the most, and then giving tax cuts to large corporations; he’s been blatantly incompetent from the start.
A Vote of No Confidence was raised against him. Sadly, he won the vote with 211 over 148. It’s certainly not a landslide as he only won by 31 votes.
However, what’s most interesting is that the Tory party failed him.
41% of Tory MPs voted against him, which is easily the worst own-party response a PM has had in a long time.
To put it into perspective, James Callaghan was the last Prime Minister to get a successful Vote of No Confidence in the UK; he lost the vote by 1 voter. And the entirety of the Labour Party, his party, backed him (barring three who were tellers or absent). That was in 1979.
Even Theresa May didn’t receive that bad of a lashing in 2019. Jeremy Corbyn raised the motion for No Confidence, and all Tories supported her.
The idea that your own party doesn’t support you is a worry in UK politics. Because even when Theresa May was doing one of the worst jobs as a Prime Minister, she still had the support of her peers.
But with that being said, it might be a good sign that he’s no longer getting the support of his peers in the Tory party.
The most likely reason for the Torys to dump him like this is because of his government spending. The Labour party proposed a Windfall Tax to try and curb the heightening prices of gas and electricity across the country, which is putting more people in poverty and, in many cases, causing our number of homeless to grow. This isn’t the first time a Windfall Tax has been implemented, it was first put in place by Gordon Brown in 1997, and with the country going into disarray on multiple occasions over the past three decades, it’s on its way back.
Initially, Johnson opposed the proposition. It is most likely because it would decrease profit for his friends in the private energy sector. But, as always, he decided to adopt the tax and is now receiving praise from Tory supporters.
But Tory MPs, on the other hand, aren’t as pleased about the situation. Between the national expenditure going up due to the tax, and Johnson supporting it, he lost a lot of votes of confidence.
So, we have another year with him – at least. Let’s just hope that we can get rid of him when it comes to the next election. Because I don’t know about you, but I don’t want someone in power that votes against people having their fundamental human rights…
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