Boris “bum boys in tank tops” Johnson is now the leader of the Conservative party, and, on instruction from the Queen, has formed a Government with himself at the head as Prime Minister.
Now, I made my opinion clear on the Prime Minister when he was a candidate for the Tory leadership, but it bears repeating: Boris Johnson is a pompous, offensive, crass, and dangerous character. His past racism and homophobia is disgusting.
His performances since taking office, both on the steps of 10 Downing Street and in the House of Commons chamber, were reminiscent of Vivienne Rook in Years and Years. For those who haven’t watched it, that means a whole lot of bluster about how amazing this country is with next to no substance.
🚨 Boris Johnson has just been appointed Prime Minister, not by the people of the UK, nor by the people of Scotland, but by Tory members.
— Yes (@YesScot) July 23, 2019
Worse though, than he himself, is him with the addition of his Cabinet.
The new Home Secretary is Priti Patel. Priti Patel has supported the death penalty, voted against marriage equality, voted for austerity, and tried to argue that people shouldn’t be able to take the Government to court.
Priti Patel, who was a huge proponent of the hostile environment policy, is now in charge of setting immigration policy for the UK.
Oh, and did I forget to mention she was forced to resign in disgrace from Theresa May’s Cabinet after taking secret meetings with no less than 14 Israeli ministers and lobbyists? But aye, she clearly deserved a promotion to one of the most important positions in Government.
Sajid Javid has been promoted to Chancellor. He will be in charge of turbocharging the trickle-down economics than Boris Johnson is a proponent of. It can never, ever, be said enough: trickle-down economics doesn’t work.
Instead of the glass filling and dripping over onto everyone else, what we know actually happens, is the glass gets bigger and those under it begin to dehydrate.
There’s also Jacob Rees-Mogg, who has been appointed Leader of the House of Commons. He will deliver the Business of the House every week, and he will have a seat at the Cabinet table to push his Victorian era ideals into all conversations of Government policy.
⚠️ Boris Johnson has appointed an extreme, hard-right Cabinet.
🔎 It includes ministers who have supported the death penalty, called feminists “obnoxious bigots”, opposed equal marriage, and supported ripping up Scotland’s devolution settlement.https://t.co/3CnIUY7vvN
— The SNP (@theSNP) July 25, 2019
And finally, after no less than four hundred and fifty-eight thousand three hundred and two threats to resign, David Mundell is finally out of government.
Replacing him is Alister Jack who, apart from a commentator on Sky News, no one has heard of. I’m not going to describe him when my colleague, Tommy Sheppard MP, put it very succinctly already.
He said: “The Tory Scottish Secretary is completely out of touch, and even more detached from the people of Scotland than his predecessor.
“Scotland voted to remain in the EU but we are now being represented by Westminster’s man in Scotland – a multimillionaire, landowning, Tory Brexiteer who is willing to impose a devastating no-deal against our will.”
But what is worse than Boris Johnson himself, with his right-wing Brexit loving cabinet? His Leave campaign advisors who have all been given important jobs in Number 10.
There’s Dominic Cummings who, from what I understand, is the brains behind the Leave campaign’s pledge to give £350 million a week to the NHS. He has also been found in contempt of Parliament. Loves Brexit, hates the Civil Service.
As well as Cummings, there is also Chloe Westley transferring in from the Leave campaign. Westley, who called far-right islamophobe Anne Marie Waters a “hero” in a now deleted tweet, was a staffer on the Leave campaign, before heading to the Taxpayers’ Alliance – that dodgy think-tank that won’t reveal who funds them. Again, loves Brexit and hates the Civil Service.
Loving Brexit is the primary theme for all of the Prime Minister’s Cabinet and backstage appointments. Where we used to complain that Theresa May kowtowed to the hard-right Brexiteers in her party while she was Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has promoted all of them to the highest positions of power in the UK.
Ian Blackford had the chance to question the Prime Minister at his first appearance in the House of Commons since taking office.
He suggested that Boris Johnson is the “last Prime Minister of the United Kingdom”. It has never been more urgent for us to get campaigning and make that statement a reality.
You yes yet? https://t.co/I0ZTRT7cUt
— Mhairi Black MP 🏳️🌈 (@MhairiBlack) July 23, 2019
This article originally appeared in The National.