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01 July 2016 - Boris Johnson rules himself out of the Tory leadership race

Publié par Marion Coste le 07/01/2016
Michael Gove to set out Tory leadership stall after forcing out Boris Johnson
Heather Stewart (The Guardian, 01/07/2016)


Michael Gove sets out his leadership stall on Friday, having ambushed Boris Johnson with a surprise entry into the Conservative leadership battle, a decisive move that killed off the former London mayor’s long-held ambition to succeed David Cameron as prime minister.
The justice secretary stunned Johnson and the rest of Westminster when he announced at 9am on Thursday morning – just three hours before nominations closed for the Conservative party leadership – that he had reluctantly concluded his old friend was not up to the job.
“I respect and admire all the candidates running for the leadership. In particular, I wanted to help build a team behind Boris Johnson so that a politician who argued for leaving the European Union could lead us to a better future,” he said.

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House of Cards (or Game of Thrones)

Conservative leadership: A real-life House of Cards?
Justin Parkinson (BBC, 01/07/2016)
Boris Johnson has decided not to run for Conservative leader after fellow Brexit campaigner Michael Gove said he was the wrong man for the job. How does this rank among previous displays of political ruthlessness?
"For those of us climbing to the top of the food chain, there can be no mercy," says Frank Underwood, the scheming president in the US TV drama House of Cards. "There is but one rule: hunt or be hunted."
Politics is a ruthless business. It's rarely mentioned by the main players, but ambition for power means someone usually has to suffer.

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Political chaos

Britain’s political chaos makes Brexit all the more confusing
Ishaan Tharoor (The Washington Post, 01/07/2016)
What a weird few days in Britain. As the country -- and the continent eyeing it warily across the Channel -- attempted to come to grips with the fallout of last week's vote to leave the European Union, its political parties imploded in a frenzy of backstabbing and internecine struggle.
It's intrigue and skulduggery that puts the current feuding across the pond, where Donald Trump is now rounding on GOP rivals who have so far refused to back him, in the shade.
First, there was the no-confidence vote against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose lackluster support of the Remain campaign infuriated many of his fellow colleagues in the opposition. Corbyn's decision to fight for his post -- backed by much of Labour's more leftist rank-and-file -- has triggered "what will likely be an ugly and protracted war for the party’s soul," writes The Washington Post's Griff Witte.
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Boris Johnson

Luck Runs Out for a Leader of Brexit Campaign
Sarah Lyall (The New York Times, 30/06/2016)
One day in 2004, Boris Johnson was interrupted on his morning jog by a pack of tabloid reporters massed outside his house in North London. They asked about rumors that Mr. Johnson, then editor of The Spectator magazine and a member of Parliament, had once had an extramarital affair, gotten his lover pregnant and paid for her abortion.
The chronically disheveled Mr. Johnson, wearing voluminous shorts and a bandanna decorated with skulls and crossbones, responded with his usual cocktail of charm, bluster and obfuscation. Having already dismissed the story as “a completely untrue and ludicrous conjecture,” and “an inverted pyramid of piffle,” he cheerily advised the reporters to “go for a run, get some exercise and have a beautiful day.”
He was lying. The reports were correct, and he was fired from his parliamentary job as the Conservative Party arts spokesman. But it didn’t seem to bother him too much. Mr. Johnson has always had a knack for recasting disaster as farce, and he devoted his weekly newspaper column to the virtues of being fired.
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"01 July 2016 - Boris Johnson rules himself out of the Tory leadership race", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), janvier 2016. Consulté le 23/04/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2016/01-july-2016-boris-johnson-rules-himself-out-of-the-tory-leadership-race