After Boris Johnson, Worse May Be Yet to Come
After the resignation en masse of over 50 members of his government, the scandal-ridden Boris Johnson finally resigned as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on July 7. The political circus of the previous weeks had prompted former U.K. Ambassador Craig Murray, a fierce critic of Britain’s imperial policy, to comment in a post on his website on July 6: “All Empires end in ignominy. The United Kingdom is drawing to a close, not with a bang but with a fart.”
While Johnson may have proved useful for carrying out Brexit, he apparently was not considered up to the task of navigating the new policy of “Global Britain” and of confrontation with Russia and China. Whether we are now witnessing a disintegrating empire or just a change of guard, or both, remains to be seen.
As concerns London’s policy toward Russia, Dmitry Suslov, Deputy Director of Russia’s Higher School of Economics’ Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies, firmly believes it is a changing of the guards: “There is a strong anti-Russian consensus among the Conservative Party’s elite. And since the most likely candidates for prime minister are [Foreign Secretary Liz] Truss and [Defense Secretary Ben] Wallace, who are among the chief advocates of this policy, changes should not be expected.”
While Ben Wallace has since ruled out his candidacy, Liz Truss has thrown her bonnet into the race. As one who famously demanded that Moscow return Rostov to Ukraine (!), her Russophobic credentials are without question. While other candidates are less outspoken on foreign policy, they are no less capable of posing serious dangers.
Another prime candidate, former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, is the richest parliamentarian in the House of Commons. He is also is firmly committed to the Great Reset, having previously worked for Goldman Sachs and later as a partner in The Children’s Investment Fund Management, which is actually a hedge fund management firm and one of the biggest financial supporters of the Great Reset lobby.
Then there is Tom Tugendhat a former military officer who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. As Chairman of the Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, he has carried out an energetic Russophobic agenda, including accusing Russia of carrying out an “act of war” by poisoning Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. And the list goes on…
Whoever the next Prime Minister may be, the likelihood of significant change in British policy is not to be expected. But the government will, however, have to deal with the growing political unrest over the worsening economic conditions, and a potential massive strike wave.