It must be the bookies who are running the United Kingdom these days. They are giving 2-to-1 odds on Boris Johnson returning to 10 Downing Street. The Truss solution did not work. Since trusses are often used to lessen the pain of a hernia, it was hopefully assumed she might fix the UK’s herniated economy. Truss gave the UK economy the hiccups. She only made the pain worse.
But Johnson can only be described as a return to a continuing path to disaster for the UK. He has not known where he was headed since Brexit. He neither understands the economic chaos caused by Brexit nor how to alleviate it.
Johnson is not just a man in desperate need of a good barber. He needs some brains to tuck under that mop of hair.
But, sure, bring back Boris. That guarantees the earliest possible exit of Scotland and maybe Northern Ireland from the united islands. Finding him a safe seat to run for re-election next year might be his biggest problem. Re-electing the conservatives would only be his second biggest problem. His third electoral problem is that he is the only UK prime minister to have been found guilty of breaking the law while in office.
Boris made a bollix of negotiating Britain out of European Union. The Brits seem to like him because he is the farthest from the typically reserved Brit you will ever meet. As foreign minister in Theresa May’s cabinet, he insulted friends and showed little judgement. He was famous for making a racist statement about U.S. President Barack Obama and has won the UK no new friends on the European continent.
While there is little sympathy for the UK bookmakers. Their early odds (when a comeback for Boris was considered much less likely) were taken up so heavily that the loss on payouts could be catastrophic.
But who worries about the bookies when the entire country is falling apart?
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