by Dan Hodges
The reason Boris has failed the first major test of his suitability for the highest office in the land isn’t the way he announced his backing for Out. Our how long he took to reach his decision. Or even why he reached his decision.
It’s that he took the easy decision. And he took the wrong decision.
Everyone knows that Boris Johnson is a populist politician, and a popular politician. He reaches across party lines. He is engaging. He makes people laugh. He has the capacity to laugh at himself. He can tell a cynical electorate what they want to hear, in a language they can understand.
But being prime minister is not always about telling people what they want to hear. Or making them laugh. Or leaving them with the impression that “he’s one of us”. Sometimes it involves telling the awkward truths. Telling them things they don’t want to hear. Leading them to places they don’t want to go.
This was Boris Johnson’s opportunity to demonstrate he has the courage to occasionally take the path less travelled. Instead he has chosen to again follow the sound of the cheering Eurosceptic crowd.
I am now officially backing George Osborne for the next leader of the Conservative Party.