Experts say Boris Johnson was ‘brought down by Boris Johnson’, but a weakened economy didn’t help

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Weak UK economy may have accelerated Boris Johnson resignation as prime minister a week ago today, according to analysts.

“Boris Johnson was ultimately brought down by Boris Johnson,” politics professor Matt Goodwin of the University of Kent told Fox News Digital. “His fall from power has much more to do with his personal failures as a frontline politician than with public policy.”

“However, the deepening cost-of-living crisis and sluggish growth have been a useless backdrop,” he added.

Johnson about three-year term ends in disarray last week after he threatened a standoff with his party and a possible general election following the resignation of dozens of ministers who deemed his position “untenable”. He says the new leadership is “now clearly dependent on the will” of Parliament.

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Conservative ministers said they lost confidence in Prime Minister, after the news broke, he elevated Chris Pincher to the powerful role of Deputy Chief Whip despite allegations of sexual harassment.

Some speculate that the weakening British economy may have played a significant role in hastening Johnson’s exit, as UK inflation rose 9.1% year-over-year and continues to rise.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons in London on Wednesday 18 May 2022 in this photo released by the UK Parliament.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons in London on Wednesday 18 May 2022 in this photo released by the UK Parliament.
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“We are in the midst of the worst financial crisis in a long time, with rising inflation and deteriorating living standards are becoming a pressing issue for millions,” explained Goodwin, who is also a fellow at Legatum. such as Ecuador and Sri Lanka. ”

On Thursday, Italy’s prime minister resigned after a coalition partner failed to support a billion-plus dollar stimulus bill to help both society and industry with rising costs.

Democratic strategist and Fox News contributor Leslie Marshall stressed to Fox News Digital that Johnson is leaving one way or another as his party believes he has been hurt by “one ethics scandal too many.”

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But she acknowledged that the economy will remain the main concern of voters, which may led to survey results this indicated that the Conservative Party would lose control of Parliament if elections were held today.

“Johnson has succeeded where his predecessor Theresa May failed by ‘finishing Brexit’,” Marshall said. “But the break with the European Union hasn’t given the boost to trade that he and other Brexit supporters promised.”

US President Joe Biden (R) holds a bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, September 21, 2021.  (Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP) via Getty Images)

US President Joe Biden (R) holds a bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, September 21, 2021. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP) via Getty Images)
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“[Johnson’s] popularity outside of Parliament has also been hit hard by rising inflation and the stagnation of the British economy, a cost-of-living crisis that threatens to impoverish millions this winter, and the risk of a devastating trade war with the European Union,” she said. added.

“As James Carville said in 1992, ‘This is stupid economics.’

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Ted Bromund, Senior Fellow at the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, argued that Johnson’s support was not as strong as the party portrayed, as he “did not rule as a conservative”.

“I attended a conference of the Conservative Party in the UK last September, October… [it] It was very noticeable that the race for a successor was already underway,” Bromund said. to win that one and we’re going to drop him because he’s not really a conservative.”

People shop at a supermarket as rising inflation affects consumer prices in Los Angeles, California, USA, June 13, 2022.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

People shop at a supermarket as rising inflation affects consumer prices in Los Angeles, California, USA, June 13, 2022. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Bromund pointed to Johnson’s policies, which included higher taxes, lack of regulatory reform, and no help with building a house or buying process. He believed that Johnson continued to move by inertia. opportunity to negotiate a Brexit dealwhich many say will remain his legacy.

And Johnson’s fate may serve as a warning to other countries, including the United States, where economic problems remain rampant.

“Inflation and the economy are number one in the minds and plans of every voter,” Marshall said. “Gas prices have been down for more than a week, but you don’t see this headline and you don’t see the reflection in the polls.”

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“Unemployment is at its lowest; we’ve seen months with a lot of workforce, hiring, etc… that doesn’t seem to affect it,” she added. “There are other issues: Abortion is important to some Democrats – although recent polls show it’s not as much of an issue for voters as one might think – and immigration is certainly a problem, as is crime.”