Following a slew of controversies, Boris’ own party eventually decided it had had enough of all the loud theatre and decided to skip the performance. Boris Johnson stepped down as thr Prime Minister of the UK and leader of the Conservative Party yesterday, following in the footsteps of many other prominent cabinet members who had already quit.
His party will now vote for a new leader, and the country will perhaps look forward to more policy stability about important problems. A change in leadership in the United Kingdom, however, is both interesting and of little relevance given the country’s little impact on the political landscape of the rest of the world.
It is a fascinating morality tale that has ramifications for other democracies to see how a leader who led his party to its greatest parliamentary majority since 1987 as recently as December 2019 lost so much political capital. The stench of entitled elitism, which had played a role in his being elected to public office, was beginning to take on a sour note.
What the untidy hair had attempted to lure, the Downing Street shambolisms were successful in turning away. At a time when scandals have been emerging from the office of the Prime Minister with almost comedic frequency, the problem of the cost of living is creating havoc in other regions of the United Kingdom as well. In spite of the fact that Brexit was successfully executed, the economy is not getting better, nor is the economy of the United Kingdom becoming stronger.
The lesson to be learnt from this is that even those who are in positions of enormous power still need to remember that the office they occupy deserves the highest esteem and respect from others. When they see their leader isn’t up to the challenge at hand, politicians have a responsibility to move promptly. The departure of Johnson is unlikely to have a significant effect on the rest of the world. On the other hand, it should serve as a lesson to elected authorities all around the world not to ever take the people they rule for granted.