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Boris Johnson elected UK Prime Minister

Filed under: International — DRJ @ 6:27 am

[Headlines from DRJ]

Boris Johnson, newly elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom: Britain’s new leader Johnson vows to get Brexit done.

Boris Johnson, the Brexiteer who has promised to lead Britain out of the European Union with or without a deal by the end of October, will replace Theresa May as prime minister after winning the leadership of the Conservative Party on Tuesday.

His convincing victory catapults the United Kingdom towards a showdown with the EU and towards a constitutional crisis at home, as British lawmakers have vowed to bring down any government that tries to leave the bloc without a divorce deal.

Johnson, the face of the 2016 Brexit referendum, won the votes of 92,153 members of the Conservative party, almost twice the 46,656 won by his rival, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

May will step down Wednesday.

An apparent admirer of Donald Trump, Johnson was congratulated by Trump and his daughter Ivanka – who unfortunately botched the name of his country.


46 Responses to “Boris Johnson elected UK Prime Minister”

  1. Ha, ha, ha! It took a 100 years, but the Ottoman Empire now has a Pasha ruling the British Empire:

    [Boris Johnson’s father, Stanley Johnson,] was born in 1940 in Penzance, Cornwall, the son of Osman Kemal (later Wilfred Johnson) and Irene Williams (daughter of Stanley F. Williams of Bromley, Kent and Marie Louise de Pfeffel/Freiin von Pfeffel).[2][3] His paternal grandfather, Ali Kemal, one of the last interior ministers of the Ottoman Empire government, was assassinated in 1922 during the Turkish War of Independence. Stanley’s father was born in 1909 in Bournemouth, in Hampshire, and his birth was registered as Osman Wilfred Kemal.[4] Osman’s Anglo-Swiss mother Winifred died shortly after giving birth.[5] Ali Kemal returned to Turkey in 1912, whereafter Osman Wilfred and his sister Selma were brought up by their English grandmother, Margaret Brun, and took her maiden name, Johnson, Stanley’s father therefore becoming simply Wilfred Johnson.[6]

    nk (dbc370)

  2. I’m a fan of peaceful secession. These huge empires force everyone to live under very powerful government that is so distant from the people’s values. Once political parties are entrenched, you can’t do anything about the creeping policies that always expand what the government has.

    God bless America but it should be a much smaller concept politically, more like an association of a few nations, so I don’t have to choose between rule by two people from distant cities.

    I hope brexit is a success story and is copied all over the world.

    Dustin (6d7686)

  3. And, what ya wanna bet, the Intellectual Elite in Britain will STILL be nattering about how something needs to be done to derail Brexit?

    C. S. P. Schofield (9eb8bc)

  4. #3 — If there were a revote today, do you think Brexit would win? I mean, complaining about the pointy headed intellectual snobs has more juice to it if it were clear that Parliament were executing the current will of the majority, but that is now far from clear. That said, whether the UK should carry on with Brexit is certainly an arguable point. But you don’t concede there should be any argument right now, do you?

    Appalled (d07ae6)

  5. Yes, parliament is not responsible to the people but to the bureaucrats in Brussels, this is a pattern on each side of the pond.

    Narciso (5d1b28)

  6. the Intellectual Elite

    By that, do you mean all people who have read a book or only those who did it without moving their lips?

    nk (dbc370)

  7. Saw a bit on Brexit on National Geographic Channel last night but turned it off when it can off as a commercial for the EU and Barack Obama. Brexit came off as about equal to Chernobyl and the result of the rubes being too stupid to embrace the rule of their elite overlords at Central Planning.

    Made me think of this recent bit of nuttery:


    harkin (58d012)

  8. “But you don’t concede there should be any argument right now, do you?”

    I think that he thinks that this was a general election.

    Davethulhu (fab944)

  9. Brexit will
    Inflict serious damage to the UK economy
    Give immense momemtum to the Scottish independence movement
    Possibly reignite the Irish Troubles and feasibly catalyze Northern Ireland’s union with the Republic of Eire
    Confirm Britain is a minor player in European and world affairs
    Is opposed by approximately half the voters in the UK, who tend to think of it as a major disaster.
    And well over half the voters think Johnson is a complete and utter idiot.

    So if you think the Disunited Kingdom of Little Britain, with Corbyn as the sanest choice for PM, is a good thing, cheer for Brexit…

    Kishnevi (8beab8)

  10. Heh! The Germans and their Vichy tributaries accomplished economically what they had never before managed to accomplish militarily.

    nk (dbc370)

  11. A PM named Boris.

    …and Putin smiled.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  12. Mehmed VI Vahideddin smiled. Seriously. The Ottomans were strictly patrilineal. Descent only from the male line. They had to be. They stocked their harems from 25 ethnicities within the empire alone, and from everywhere else a slave ship could sail. Boris is 100% Turk, Pasha of Ingiltere. Don’t anybody tell Trump.

    nk (dbc370)

  13. Orange men bad.

    Dave (9d0521)

  14. Heh! And I was just reminded that the Prince Consort is Greek. Rule Britannia!

    nk (dbc370)

  15. Is Boris badenov for ‘ya?

    Only our Fearless Leader knows for sure.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  16. No that would be comrade jan corbyn

    Narciso (5d1b28)

  17. All the best to Teresa May; I thought she did a good job in an impossible situation.

    It was daft to vote on leaving the EU without any blueprint for how that would be accomplished, or what would follow.

    Dave (1bb933)

  18. It was daft to believe that the EU and the vested interests were ever going to negotiate Brexit in good faith. They were going to make it as difficult, as painful, and as ruinous for the British as possible, and that is still their intent. Pour le découragement des autres.

    The other foolishness was thinking that the country that sent condolences upon learning of Hitler’s death (that would be Ireland) was not going to be on Germany’s side now just as it was in 1940.

    What the dumb Brits should have been doing for the last two years is establishing trade alternatives to the EU, and exploring a Final Solution to the Irish Problem.

    nk (dbc370)

  19. I remember Robert Fisk’s 800 page apologia, (devalera really didnt distinguish himself there, would Michael Collins, I wonder) of course under may paras end up in the docket, provost get a pass

    Narciso (5d1b28)

  20. It was daft to believe that the EU and the vested interests were ever going to negotiate Brexit in good faith. They were going to make it as difficult, as painful, and as ruinous for the British as possible, and that is still their intent.

    So you’re saying the EU has savvy negotiators who drive a tough bargain on their peoples’ behalf?

    Maybe we should find somebody like that and put them in office ourselves.

    I’m no expert on EU-related nuances, but is it surprising that when you’re a modest-sized island negotiating alone against a consortium of a couple dozen other countries (who you’ve just told to go pound sand), you may find yourself a little short of leverage? Why should the EU do Britain any favors? This present mess was initiated by Britain, not the EU.

    I am totally sympathetic to Britain vis-à-vis the EU, but I think the Brits kind of screwed themselves here.

    Dave (1bb933)

  21. That napoleon fellow had a point, if it wasnt for British and American paratroopers, wouldn’t Germany still be flying a swastika, how many lives from Normandy south to marseilles north to free france.

    Narciso (5d1b28)

  22. So you’re saying the EU has savvy negotiators who drive a tough bargain on their peoples’ behalf?

    Nope. I am saying that the EU has no interest in bargaining at all. Only in punishing the rebels.

    nk (dbc370)

  23. And I have no special sympathy for the British. Jumped-up barbarians who have done more harm than good to the world throughout their whole history, and whose chickens are now coming home to roost.

    nk (dbc370)

  24. All that matters is getting the UK out of the EU. Who will rule the British people, Brussels or London?

    And after that, have a vote on Scottish independence. Only let the English vote. You can be sure the Scots will definitely get their independence – or rather the English will get their independence from the Scots. The best thing that happened to England was Ireland Independence. To finally get rid of Ireland -which was nothing but dead weight – was a real victory.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  25. Elgin marbles really get under your skin, yes the opium wars wasnt one of their finest moments

    Narciso (5d1b28)

  26. Nope. I am saying that the EU has no interest in bargaining at all. Only in punishing the rebels.

    And if there’s no incentive (i.e. something to gain) for them to do otherwise, why shouldn’t they?

    As a lawyer, were you in the habit of making concessions on your clients’ behalf solely out of the goodness of your heart?

    Imma go out on a limb and guess the answer is “no”…

    Dave (1bb933)

  27. You’re changing the subject. The question you raised is daftness. Specifically, the daftness of the British to expect “goodness of heart” from the EU. That the EU was not looking to “wring their neck like a chicken”.

    nk (dbc370)

  28. Elgin marbles nothing. Name anything that they haven’t looted from somewhere else. Even their language is only 40% “English” and 60% Latin and Greek.

    nk (dbc370)

  29. Well you were conquered by the Turks for 300 plus years, you cant blame the Brits for that, maybe the last byzantine emperor,

    Narciso (5d1b28)

  30. Yes, I most certainly can. The mother____ing Crusaders had raped, pillaged, looted, and carved up the Byzantine Empire long before Mehmed II cast his eye on the remnants.

    nk (dbc370)

  31. Saracens seljuks ottomans what’s the difference.

    Narciso (5d1b28)

  32. @23. ‘… I have no special sympathy for the British.’

    Yet you use their language freely.

    This is all no surprise from the land of Shakespeare; To be or not to be European.

    That is the question they’ve been debating since 1066 and all that.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  33. But the Queen is such a sweet old lady!

    As someone once said, I like countries who win. Except for losing twice to us (and we can’t really blame them for that, can we?) the Brits are undefeated for almost the last millennium.

    And since we were them before we were us, that makes it our winning streak too!

    Dave (1bb933)

  34. Well London’s a place where acid throwers and mass knifing are just a price of a cosmopolitan city

    Narciso (5d1b28)

  35. If by “undefeated” you mean that by once being an empire on which the sun never set now they’re back to only the cold little island they started out with, yeah, I guess they’re undefeated.

    nk (dbc370)

  36. And Gibraltar and the Falklands. Snicker.

    nk (dbc370)

  37. Yes they gave up their empire, but the empire came to them, the sons of colonial governors like foot and benn were willing to sell out to the soviets for real,

    Narciso (5d1b28)

  38. And Gibraltar and the Falklands. Snicker.

    They kicked Argentina’s @SS.

    Dave (1bb933)

  39. Btw his Great grandfather was lithuanian.

    Narciso (5d1b28)

  40. DPRK Foreign Ministry analysis concludes that potential British Prime Minister Boris Johnson looks that way on purpose.
    Johnson won’t make the UK great again.

    Paul Montagu (dbd3cc)

  41. It’s a parody account, now if Corbyn got in, this tool of the stb and the KGB that would be something serious.

    Narciso (5d1b28)

  42. This fortress built by Nature for herself
    Against infection and the hand of war,
    This happy breed of men, this little world,
    This precious stone set in the silver sea,
    Which serves it in the office of a wall,
    Or as a moat defensive to a house,
    Against the envy of less happier lands,

    harkin (58d012)

  43. Yup.

    Is now leased out, I die pronouncing it,
    Like to a tenement or pelting farm:
    England, bound in with the triumphant sea
    Whose rocky shore beats back the envious siege
    Of watery Neptune, is now bound in with shame,
    With inky blots and rotten parchment bonds:
    That England, that was wont to conquer others,
    Hath made a shameful conquest of itself.

    nk (dbc370)

  44. More from this important news source.

    English street lunatic obtains first job, thanks to charitable gift of bath, shave, hot meal, and new suit from queen Elizabeth.
    Refuses offer of haircut and skin-care.

    Paul Montagu (dbd3cc)

  45. Yet with his imposing physical build, his thick neck and his broad, Germanic forehead, there was also something of Nietzsche’s Übermensch about him. You could imagine him in lederhosen, wandering through the Black Forest with an axe over his shoulder, looking for ogres to kill. This same combination—a state of advanced dishevelment and a sense of coiled strength, of an almost tangible will to power—was even more pronounced in his way of speaking.

    Davethulhu (bc6fa6)

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