The ‘Ides of March’ are a little late this year

Ignore all the stories about how Gove plotted against Boris Johnson, but kept ‘schtum’ until the last minute. Ignore all the leaks about how this, or indeed that, scenario was discussed over cheese toasties at midnight.

There must have been a secret held by Gove regarding Boris Johnson which was so catastrophic, so horrendous, that Boris simply caved and withdrew from the contest. The prize, the Tory Leadership, has been Boris’ ambition from his days at Ashdown House and Eton; behind that bumbling facade has always been a brilliant mind and a ruthless personality.

The Secret? It cannot be about Boris fathering illegitimate children; after all, he has two, or is it three already: the news of another wouldn’t rate more than a small section on Page 24 of the Times. It cannot be because he was either buggering or being buggered by a school or college ‘friend’, and the news was enough to make him fold. Most of these Tories have been shafting each other for years, so where is the scandal in that?

Whatever the secret is, and we shall probably never, ever discover; was sufficient ammunition to make Bumbling Boris fold his cards, and leave the table, without even bothering to discover what other cards were being dealt.

6 comments for “The ‘Ides of March’ are a little late this year

  1. July 1, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    I think he couldn’t cut the mustard, do the infighting. What he interpreted as being friendly was aiding the enemy … And so on.

  2. Mudplugger
    July 1, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    It may be more mundane than that.
    TheTory Party ‘establishment’ is putting all its considerable machinery behind Theresa May, even promoting a second candidate as a guaranteed loser, to make her eventual victory more emphatic and unifying.
    In that situation, Boris risked not even making the short-list of two, leaving him labelled forever as a loser and thus stained for any future opportunity.

    Also, given the Brexit vote, the next PM is going to have to do a helluva lot of ‘heavy-lifting’, loads of turgid detailed work, loads of tight negotiation – none of these are skills readily associated with Boris, indeed he would most probably display his disinterest openly, so the ‘enemy’ could take advantage.

    What’s needed for the next few years is not only a dedicated ‘Leaver’ (a BeLeaver), but one who can handle the nuts & bolts of the EU exit negotiation process, in parallel with making new trade arrangements with the rest of the world. I’m not convinced that May is the right choice for that role, but Boris certainly wouldn’t have been.

    • wiggia
      July 1, 2016 at 4:30 pm

      What really happened is at best anecdotal at this moment in time, what is more important is that Boris as I and many others have said before is a chancer, his pre referendum stance was pro EU and was and still is pro immigration, hardly a true Brexiteer.
      But he has that kerb appeal to many and was good for the campaign until the last moment when winning meant his mask slipped.

      There was an article in the Times about the Boris tenure as Mayor, it wasn’t good despite people saying he did a good job elsewhere in the press.
      He apparently had to threatened to actually do his job at one time as he was rather keener on making money from his writing, he bullied people and ignored many with valid though different points of view.
      The over ruling of the planning executive was a particular feature of his 15 out of 16 he passed personally for skyscraper like projects that had been refused by the planners ?

      Another vanity project, that amy still sink hopefully in the Thames mud, the garden bridge project was supposed to be totally privately funded, those magic words agin, yet a contingency pot from the taxpayer of £20 million appeared in small print and the maintenance of 3 to 4 million PA was also muted to be payed for by Londoners.
      Boris bikes, how did that end up !
      The Olympic stadium fiasco that Boris said was a good deal for the taxpayer having spent £250 million + converting it only to virtually give it away to West Ham Utd.
      What legacy………..

      The problem is with Boris gone we have the Conservative party rallying in Parliament behind May regardless of her poor record in the Home Office, with Gove disliked by many of the same party it will be difficult for him to usurp May which is not good news.
      Leadsom is now the darling of the party at large and nearly everywhere else it seems apart from the press and again the Conservative party itself, her problem is that despite being the leading light during the referendum campaign she is little known and her abilities in Government relatively untried, her DECC position was not covered in glory so she is still a punt in the dark but with such a small gene pool to chose from I would still go that route as we do know, unless evidence comes to light that she also was simply making a career move, that she is committed to the Brexit camp and really she is the only in with a distant shout, and probably the only one who could pull in the right people to do the job as at the moment there seems she has no favours to honor.

      The real problem in all this is that Parliament is in a large majority in the Remain camp and will do all it can at all levels to prevaricate and attempt to use its majority to get its way, the current farce with both main parties ethe country whilst they scrabble about for personal gain, if nothing else it shows how having a two party system that believes it has a divine right to rule has become so ingrained that even at a time like this the country and the people can go hang .

  3. Hereward Unbowed.
    July 1, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Let it be said and again and again.

    Mr. Powell made the speech on 20 April 1968 in Brum.

    Excerpt:

    Here is a decent, ordinary fellow Englishman, who in broad daylight in my own town says to me, his Member of Parliament, that the country will not be worth living in for his children. I simply do not have the right to shrug my shoulders and think about something else. What he is saying, thousands and hundreds of thousands are saying and thinking – not throughout Great Britain, perhaps, but in the areas that are already undergoing the total transformation to which there is no parallel in a thousand years of English history. We must be mad, literally mad, as a nation to be permitting the annual inflow of some 50,000 dependents, who are for the most part the material of the future growth of the immigrant descended population. It is like watching a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre. So insane are we that we actually permit unmarried persons to immigrate for the purpose of founding a family with spouses and fiancées whom they have never seen

    So right, and what did they do to him?

    There are parallels to be drawn, we should be sure to take up the pen to depict the synopsis, whether it be a lone politician or, a plebiscite won by a majority of a nation.
    If the establishment don’t like it, then mountains will be shifted, and whatever else plus all hell will be let loose and even as I type, the wheels are set in motion, so I’ll tell you what I think….

    May, neither possesses the wit and character nor, anywhere near sufficient intellect to be any sort of even half decent PM, thus, she is perfect fodder for the puppet masters.

    Whereas, Gove does, Camoron was a PR dumb fuck, as was his role model – Bliar. Thicko Brown, Major so stupid it was embarrassing and Ted the deviating Heath. Healey had some brains but drove it with his arse.

    Who sent them [UK establishment] all in a tizz….. was Enoch!

    How they hated him, for his soaring oration, clarity of vision and brilliant mind. What a number they did on him, the Tory patricians, the UK establishment, the foment of public disapprobation, in the media all done by the Cultural Marxists running the lavs and Red Tories was a confection so craven – it then shamed the nation, its awful echo still resounds and haunts us.
    Indeed, I say it with conviction that, the vote on the 23 of June 2016 was in deep set response to the charlatans and liars, those successors of the baiting rent-a-mob who wrongly and desperately vilified Mr. Powell all those years ago.

    Furthermore, they’re still here just in different guise. And please note, you bloody well should do, to remember that, many of those who stand on the other side, remainers, luvvies et al; those supporters of Mugabe, Hamas, anti Israel, still back the ANC in South Africa, glory in the IRA, and admire some tyrants who were steeped in the blood of their own peoples and were callous genocidal maniacs – Mao for one.

    So think on it, Powell’s famous speech, his words twisted by some duplicitous, and very evil minds. Alas and in hindsight – everything Powell foretold has come to pass.

    In the end, Gove is by far the most erudite politician of his day and he wants more than all else for Britain to be free of the Brussels Mafia – May would like nothing else but to stay snugly cuckold within the aegis of the Brussels public fund peculation corporate hegemony.
    Gove in many respects, is no equal of Powell but one thing Gove has is, a forthright and vehemently, impassioned desire to leave the EU and to reboot Britain, Gove has vision, we need to see it made real.

    May needs to be electorally crushed.

  4. July 1, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Most interesting reads.

  5. mike fowle
    July 1, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Having seen politicians at work at first hand, the notion they are some sort of chess grand masters, plotting their moves several steps ahead is fantasy, in my view. Most of the time they are fire-fighting, trying not to get too much adverse publicity from our pretty hopeless media. I genuinely believe Gove had no intention of standing but he became concerned that Boris was both very popular and probably unsafe on Brexit (endorsed by his wife’s suspicions) and also very unpopular with others, thus splitting the party eve more. To stand against him with a lethal public warning that he couldn’t cut it was his way of stopping Boris. He might entertain hopes of high office as all politicians do but I don’t think that was his main motivation.

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