Theresa May has been on political death row since the moment two years ago that she spectacularly fumbled a general election which، at the outset of the campaign، had looked set to return her Conservative party with a landslide victory، as the Times of Israel said.
In a few short weeks، the British prime minister blew a 20-point opinion poll lead، squandered the parliamentary majority bequeathed by her predecessor David Cameron، and nearly succeeded in allowing the hard-left opposition leader، Jeremy Corbyn، into Downing Street. May’s fate was finally sealed this week when her last attempt to convince parliament to pass her unpopular Brexit deal with the EU was shot down. She will formally resign as Conservative leader on June 7، she announced Friday in a tearful appearance outside 10 Downing Street، although she is likely to remain as a lame duck prime minister for a couple more months until her successor has been chosen. The members’ current favorite is the former foreign secretary، Boris Johnson. He is viewed by his critics as Britain’s answer to Donald Trump. A larger-than-life character، Johnson combines a colorful personal life with an outspokenness and courting of controversy which is rare at the top of British politics. His enemies also charge Johnson with being unable to tell the truth. One former Tory cabinet minister this week bluntly declared: “He’s lied his way through life، he’s lied his way through politics، he’s a huckster with a degree of charm to which I am immune.”
However، if Johnson can persuade Tory MPs to put him through — those who know him best seem most resistant to his appeal — Johnson will almost certainly become Britain’s next prime minister.
Latest polls show that 39 percent of grassroots Tories want Johnson to be their next leader، way ahead of his nearest rival. Many Conservative MPs، though، dislike Johnson deeply، regarding him as nakedly ambitious and self-serving and viewing his two years as foreign secretary as a disaster.