‘Game over’ for Boris Johnson as newspapers react to cabinet resignations

National headlines paint a bleak picture for the prime minister after Rishi Sunak resigned as foreign minister and Sajid Javid resigned as health secretary.

“Game over”, declares the headline of the leader of The Times, which adds that “it is a mistake” that the prime minister continues to cling to power because “he has lost the confidence of his party and the country”.

“There is no conceivable chance that Mr Johnson, who failed to secure the backing of 148 MPs in a vote of confidence last month, can regain his authority to provide the effective leadership the country needs at a time of acute national crisis. ”, said the leader. he says.

“Each day that passes deepens the sense of chaos. For the good of the country, he should go.”

Inside the paper, columnist Iain Martin described the chaos within the government as he expressed limited hope for Mr Zahawi’s term in issue 11.

“There was a mad scramble by a deluded Team Boris as they tried to identify one person, anyone, prepared to accept the second highest political post in the country and risk being the shortest-serving Finance Minister incumbent . Martin wrote.

The Scotsman said the names of former health secretary Jeremy Hunt and defense secretary Ben Wallace were mentioned as possible successors to Johnson.

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Former Brexit minister Lord David Frost said Johnson should resign or risk “taking the party and the government with him”, adding in his article for the Telegraph that, following Tuesday’s resignations, “other ministers Cabinet members must now consider whether they are truly happy with the current direction of travel.”

Wallace, however, had no time for “political parlor games.”

The Sun’s political editor, Harry Cole, tweeted that the defense secretary had said: “To be clear, on Thursday I will be going to see brave Ukrainian men and women training to fight for their lives and their country.

“I will not indulge in political parlor games or resign.”

The Daily Express featured Johnson as “wounded” but “released”, and the newspaper’s front page said the prime minister was still struggling with a promise to cut taxes.

Daily Mail columnist Stephen Glover hails the prime minister as “an exceptional politician who stands head and shoulders above almost every other member of the cabinet”.

The politician will be revered for delivering Brexit, despite the “major flaw” of “his reluctance to tell the truth, which has set him apart even in a profession not celebrated for its truthfulness”.

“But after all that has happened, and despite his achievements, he now appears to be a doomed prime minister. Yes, what a waste and what a tragedy it has been,” writes Glover.

The Prime Minister’s father, Stanley Johnson, was convinced that his son would continue to accuse others of “playing man and not ball”.

The 81-year-old told the Mail: “I am 100 per cent behind him. One hundred percent and absolutely convinced that he is going to continue”.

Johnson, of legal age, did not want to talk about his personal communication with his son in recent days.

“But believe me, this is a man, who is a robust man and will not fold the flag and slink away. He thinks he’s the right thing to do,” he said.

“I hope Boris holds up. The lessons learned playing the Eton Wall Game should serve you well. An eye for a tooth!”

The Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee believes the precise manner and timing of the prime minister’s departure is the “only remaining question”.

“Very few expect him to fight in the next election. The 1922 Committee could instantly change the rules overnight and take another leadership vote, with every indication that it would lose next time,” he wrote.

“Or they can wait for next week’s election of a new committee willing to change the rules to allow another defenestration attempt within the year.”

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