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Lord of the political dance

03 October 2018 | Liam Moffett

Conference season is pretty much over.

Labour packed up and left Liverpool’s Arena and Convention Centre last week. No one cared about the Lib Dems the week before, as per.

And today is the Conservatives’ last day in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.

Obviously, these highlights of the political calendar are always eventful – especially so for the government of the day. 

Last year, Theresa May coughed her way through her speech as signage fell apart and prankster Lee Nelson handed her a P45.

This year the Tories have had to deal with eccentric Boris Johnson steamrollering Theresa May’s Brexit blueprint in the press, and her dancing…again!

The headache began with his plan for better Brexit in a Daily Telegraph column published last Thursday, and ended in a full-blown migraine - his rousing ‘Chuck Chequers’ sermon on the mount to a packed fringe event yesterday.

While the PM stayed away, she was said to be ‘cross’ with her former foreign secretary.

So, could brand Boris help with a potential leadership election? He has huge support in the shires but struggles to win over more Metropolitan types.

It’s not beyond him – he had two terms as London Mayor – but, of course, Brexit dashed all that.

His political reputation is rocky. May said Boris is just ‘playing politics’ while the chancellor, Philip Hammond, accused Boris of having ‘no grasp of detail’.

Other top Tories agree and pundits label Boris ‘divisive’.   

This could be Boris’ undoing from a PR take – too Trumpian for the more refined British political palate. In layman’s terms: marmite.

But this could be Boris’ trump card. He is well-liked by a lot of the Tories’ body politic, energises debate and demonstrates statesman-like qualities, albeit inconsistently.

Though an experienced administrator, Theresa May lacks oomph. Like many around her she tries, struggles, fails but then tries again to be a political firebrand.

It just rings awkward, and isn’t helped by bleedin’ dancing onto stage. In layman’s terms: hokey cokey cringe.  

Because of her Brexit stance leadership machinations abound, the current zeitgeist: defenestration.

Senior Tories plan to hastily and – I must stress – figuratively push Theresa May from her Number 10 office window once we leave the EU next March.

Those opposed to Boris will have to reckon with personality because it’s highly likely he will stand.

Trump won the US presidential election with just his personality and 140 characters.

Don’t be dismissive, adroit reader. Boris is politically breakdancing, and he’s doing it well.