Politics Explained

How can Boris Johnson bounce back against Keir Starmer?

His government’s handling of the pandemic, combined with the sidelining of Brexit, leaves the prime minister in a precarious position, writes Sean O'Grady

Wednesday 20 May 2020 20:13
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The PM could sack his most obviously incompetent, lacklustre and unpopular ministers
The PM could sack his most obviously incompetent, lacklustre and unpopular ministers

We’re hearing a lot about “bouncing back” at the moment, and the bullish tone coming from (some) businesses and public services is obviously heartening.

However – there’s always a however in politics – there does seem to be some doubt about the ability of the prime minister himself to bounce back from his current travails. Context is important though – the prime minister still enjoys very healthy public support by historical standards, and the Tories lead Labour in the opinion polls by around 20 points. The next general election may be almost five years away. Still, politics is a volatile old game.

Another disappointing (for the Conservatives) session of prime minister’s questions highlights how much the political dynamic has changed since Keir Starmer became leader of the opposition on 4 April. Mr Johnson is faced with new and formidable challenges.

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