Quotes about Boris Johnson

It will be no consolation to Boris Johnson, a student of history whatever his faults, that his predicament has no precedent

Over the last two hundred years many prime ministers have faced deep party splits or rebellions aimed at removing them from office. From Robert Peel to Theresa May, some have struggled with intense debates over policy. Chamberlain and Eden were forced out over catastrophic mishandling of foreign affairs. Margaret Thatcher was brought down by the policies of her third term and the accumulated discontents from over a decade in power.

In all these cases, the arguments that raged over the premiership were primarily about the political direction of the government, motivated by profound differences in philosophy or by failure in war. It will be no consolation to Boris Johnson, a student of history whatever his faults, that his predicament has no precedent. For a prime minister even to come close to ejection from Downing Street by their own party over standards of probity and behaviour is unique. If he is pushed out, he will be an outlier in British political history, sitting in a lonely category of his own.

17 January 2022 – William Hague, Lord Hague of Richmond, former leader of the Conservative Party, Minister of State for Social Security, Secretary of State for Wales, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Conservative member of the House of Lords since 2015