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Liz Trus can learn something from former PM Abe. When he first took office, he was out in a few months (said he was sick) following problematic leadership. But then he came back and became Japan's longest serving prime minister.

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And the circus won't stop until they finish ruining the UK..

Bojo's circus, funniest European circus..

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The Tories would have to ignore its own rules to elect Johnson. Bunch of crooks the lot of them.

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For many on the right wing of the Tory party there is something they don't like about Sunak. They say its his policies but there is something else, can't quite put my finger on it.... But I think he will be the next P.M

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He might as well. The wheels have really come off the Tory clown car. I really hope this is a big nail in the coffin for conservative ‘leaders’ around the globe.

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Well said, Mr Kipling. The same folk never liked Meghan Markle, either….

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Let's just vote for Larry the cat. He will outlast them all.

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I think the UK government needs to impose a Tea tax. Seeing how it worked so well the last time, maybe the Brits will rise up and sweep these crime gangs in suits out. After all the privatizing in the UK and my country the US, the logical next step is breaking up the large corporations that dominate and feed their elected stooges. #1 on the list should be the central bankers. They feed on growth through turmoil low wages and war. Larger metropolises are not the answer for the climate change crowd IMO. Back to basics. 1st world nations don’t need much growth but the do need good paying manufacturing middle class jobs.

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I hope Mr. Johnson will be able to win the 100 votes of his party to win, the UK right now needs someone with plenty of knowledge and experience who can just walk into the job and start on day ( -1 ). Stability brings Prosperity and the UK has neither right now.

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BoJo 2, Electric Boogaloo?

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If this goes to a run-off between Sunak and Johnson, it may well be a repeat of Sunak v Truss. The deranged, coffin-dodging, racist Brexit fantasists, are likely to vote for Boris, hoping to rebuild the Empire. Netflix - get the contracts ready for 'Carry On Boris'.

Labour stayed silent throughout the pandemic trying to prise Momentum's grip off the party. Now maybe they will grow a pair and go for the jugular. Boris is an easy target if you are at least competent. Not sure Labour are. Maybe they will just wait for him to fail again. By then, they may not have anything worth governing when he finally bumbles out of office, blaming everyone else and leaving others to pick up the pieces.

With Sunak, the Tories have a chance and two years to rebuild their party from Ground Zero.

With Johnson, everything will just get worse, the pound will collapse further, and the rats will be jumping off those white cliffs, to escape. The UK is such a mess, I'm surprised migrants are still trying to paddle here across the Channel. Even France isn't that bad.

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Dear God, NO!

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It is a 2 horse race between Sunak and Boris. I thought Sunak was heading to No. 10 but now it seems Boris will win this. Love him or hate him he is brilliant at campaigning - and definitely is the peoples choice.

iIt appears Boris is made of Teflon. He could probably walk down Oxford Street and shoot someone and still be elected!

Sunak currently at $1.60. Boris $2.50. I expect Boris to move into favouritism within days.

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As soon as Truss U-turned to resign, Bozza flew back to Blighty from vacationing on a Caribbean island to wait in the wings to pull his Cincinnatus shtick he hinted at in his sayonara speech. As a clownish cult leader he understands he'll be given another shot by his zombified cult followers with the "Nasty Party's" Stockholm Syndrome who will have no recollection of what a disaster he was the first time round when they come to cast their vote for "Dear Leader". I look forward to seeing him continue performing his pratfalls for the hard-necked faithful who need to be given one last chance to see the egregious error of their foolish ways before Brexitannia sinks beneath the waves of political illiteracy.

The Tories would have to ignore its own rules to elect Johnson. Bunch of crooks the lot of them.

Party rules and even the law mean nothing to Tories who take self-entitlement and impunity as their birthright.

For many on the right wing of the Tory party there is something they don't like about Sunak. They say its his policies but there is something else, can't quite put my finger on it....

You don't have to be so coy, Mr Kipling: it's the color of his "policies", innit?

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Truss quit after her brief, disastrous experiment in libertarian economics. Her proposal for aggressive tax cuts that would be paid for through government borrowing pummeled the value of the pound. 

This is all nonsense, and the new unfunded spending of tens of trillions doesn’t even get a mention.

It was the new spending that would need to be paid for by borrowing - and that is hardly from the libertarian economics playbook.

If the next British PM believes this bizarre narrative and comes in hiking taxes and doing more unfunded spending as if the PM is Santa Claus (Truss’ big mistake), things will continue to get worse in the UK, rather than make a turn for the better.

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For many on the right wing of the Tory party there is something they don't like about Sunak. They say its his policies but there is something else, can't quite put my finger on it...

Hiking taxes into a recession is a stupid idea, and his background as a rich hedge fund dude doesn’t likely endear him to the people… there’s that? He’s a bit young too

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Boris Johnson eyes comeback as UK leader

Bring him back.

Crime rate, drug use, inflation, racial problems--all zooming upward.

He can't do any worse.

And time for the UK to scrap their government system, and give the people the right and power to elect the leaders.

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the right wing of the Tory party there is something they don't like about Sunak

Something? Like his track record on (un)fairness to workers? Or that he's a greedy fat cat banker who can't take responsibility fir his own failings? Or that his wife is of the Murthy (Infosys) fame, famous for annoying call centres, outsourcing accessory, visa fraud, tax fraud, and Friend of Putin?

The magician assistant Penny Mordaunt looks like the UK's best choice here and now, at least she knows how smokes and mirrors work. Johnson would be mad to put himself through the wringer one more time, though I admit he was best qualified and most capable of the lot.

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Britain will be the laughing stock of the world if Boris Jonson is unwelcomed back to No 10 after being unceremoniously kicked

out just a few weeks ago.

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Paddingtom Bear gets my vote.

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I would not bet against Sunak the new leadership rules, tips the scales in his favour.

Sunak and possibly Hunt, retained as chancellor will administer what they both believe to be medicine necessary to resuscitate a near comatose economy.

All could result with intense public anger when interest rate rise November, and possible swingeing spending cuts to be announced 31st October.

Examining the end of the furlough scheme

https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/examining-the-end-of-the-furlough-scheme/

The Pandemic in many respects, plus the necessary action for the a comprehensive Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme increased government debt.....

UK general government gross debt was £2,365.4 billion at the end of Quarter 1 (Jan to Mar) 2022, equivalent to 99.6% of gross domestic product (GDP).

UK government debt and deficit: March 2022

https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/governmentpublicsectorandtaxes/publicspending/bulletins/ukgovernmentdebtanddeficitforeurostatmaast/march2022

There is yet to fully calculate the debt liability for the now 6 month proposed freeze on energy bills.

I am surprised Johnson threw his hat into the ring. I can't but think it is some sort of publicity stunt

But then that's cynical old me.

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Getting an arsonist to put out a fire

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Expect Labour to be elected in next election. This band of tory fools are showing their incompetence.

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Crime rate, drug use, inflation, racial problems--all zooming upward.

What in 44 days?

He can't do any worse.

Except he did including breaking his own rules and is still under investigation.

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In a General Election held now and the conservatives would only win 48 seats and would lose 317 seats. Labour would gain 304 seats giving them a massive 507 seats.

https://www.statista.com/chart/28501/uk-parliament-seat-distribution-projection/

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You can borrow one of our ex-Presidents if you don't have anyone at the ready.

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Boris Johnson is the best for the job

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Liz Trus can learn something from former PM Abe. When he first took office, he was out in a few months (said he was sick) following problematic leadership. But then he came back and became Japan's longest serving prime minister.

Then Shinzo was assassinated because of one of the many scandals directly connected to him and the LDP.

Shinzo is not the leader that Truss should want to emulate. If anything Shinzo's leadership should be a warning to leaders in and outside Japan.

If the UK citizens elect BJ again then I have no sympathy for them and the disaster that follows.

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The polls are showing figures meaning the Tories would be reduced to under 100 seats if an election were to be held. Some have it at under 50.

Johnson was thrown out by his own party a few months ago, but some MPs believe Johnson, who could be quickly thrown out as leader for a second time for misleading parliament earlier this year, is the answer to this.

All this while the UK is in the worst economic shape in living memory.

This party deserves to be out of power for a generation.

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This party deserves to be out of power for a generation.

Those responsible should be in the dock, never mind out of power. A recent study, led by the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) and the University of Glasgow, has shown 335,000 excess deaths between 2013 and 2019 as a result of Tory austerity policies. That's before coronavirus: the current estimated figures are way higher, nearly double. It's estimated more people have died as a result of Tory policies over the last 9 years than were killed by the pandemic.

"Dr. David Walsh, lead author of the paper and Public Health Programme Manager at the GCPH stated, "These figures are not only shocking but shameful. And we must remember that these are more than just statistics: they represent hundreds of thousands of people whose lives have been cut short, and hundreds of thousands of families who have had to deal with the grief and aftermath of those deaths. The tragic thing is that these deaths did not have to happen. In the words of the United Nations, in a society as wealthy as the UK, 'poverty is a political choice'. The UK Government needs to understand the damaging impact of austerity and respond with policies that put us back on the path of improving, not worsening, life expectancy for all."

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-10-excess-deaths-great-britain-attributed.html

Poverty is a political choice, deliberately inflicted on the population by the government. Imagine that.

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painkiller

And time for the UK to scrap their government system, and give the people the right and power to elect the leaders.

Americans have little understanding of the British political system. They spend two years and vast sums electing presidents.

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Please don't vote this clown back into office.

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I suppose, for someone with almost no shame, his last departure was simply not humiliating enough. Next time will surely be grander. It's just about the damage to everything and everyone else all around he causes before then that matters. I really wonder if people like him have any self-awareness beyond, say, that of a 10-year-old. Self-delusion can really take you a long way when it comes with a sense of entitlement.

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Johnson trying to save the well and truly corrupt Tory Party would be like trying to save a brain-dead patient with a transplant. Their days are numbered.

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Johnson is the most popular candidate from amongst the leadership

What do you mean by ‘the leadership’? Who?

Where are you getting this from?

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At least Zelensky will be happy if BoJo comes back to power. And that's what ultimately matters.

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> TokyoLivingToday  06:59 am JST

And the circus won't stop until they finish ruining the UK..

Bojo's circus, funniest European circus..

Are the Brits that fickle and forgetful?

Lord, please. NO.

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Tory Party support?

That is the current joke.

Lettuce lasts longer.

The conservative party is the only wrong thing in British politics.

Voters no longer trust them.

Voting Intention: Con 23%, Lab 51% (11-12 Oct 2022)

and that is from YouGov the conservative site.

The new leader, or the sixth in six years, will be a funeral director going into the next general election.

https://yougov.co.uk/topics/politics/articles-reports/2022/10/13/voting-intention-con-23-lab-51-11-12-oct-2022

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painkiller

And time for the UK to scrap their government system, and give the people the right and power to elect the leaders.

British political history is not taught in American civics classes.

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dumb and dumber,uk ver

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Johnson should be nowhere near, but will still be popular in the red wall, where people were sick to death of hearing about Brexit. Johnson did not get Brexit "done", many issues are still ongoing and have been off the headlines only due to Covid, Ukraine, and the cost of living crisis, but it was a very seductive message.

For Johnson to be even in the reckoning shows what a complete shambles the Tory Party has become. Truss was a new low, but a new low that the party members voted for. Her disastrous minibudget was something said she was going to do. Everyone who supported her is responsible for it.

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In the previous Tory leader election, Sunak was supposed to win but the very old conservative party members have bad eyesight when putting a cross on the ballot papers.

There is a Tory Party rumor they will be banned from voting next week.

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I like Johnson. Bring him back.

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wallaceToday  12:13 pm JST

British political history is not taught in American civics classes.

Think about that statement a little more, and then you'll see the humor in it.

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Was this all a pre-planned ruse to get Boris back in ?

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Rishi Sunak potentially poses a Security risk to the UK as well, as having that unsettled Green card issue - which makes you wonder if the US could use it as leverage (or else face Tax probes) ?

His Wife still remains an India Citizen, and as India is aligned with Russia, would represent a conflict of interests.

So I still think, he should not be voted PM.... but there-again, the Tories are currently Desperate.

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I understand the candidates have until Monday 24th October to present either by letter or e-mail 100 nominations from Conservative MPs.

Leadership elections: Conservative Party

Published Friday, 21 October, 2022.

https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/sn01366/

British Politics Betting Odds

https://www.oddschecker.com/politics/british-politics

Anyone up for a flutter?

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the Tories are currently Desperate

This is the worry. Parties watch the polls and the numbers are terrifying if you’re a Tory MP. Very few, if any, Tory MPs are safe.

Desperation on top of incompetence on top of self-interest is very dangerous.

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@painkiller : Maybe time for you to scrap your ridiclous political system that only allows the very wealthy to run for for any meaningful office and let the Church and NRA have too much say in who stands.

You clearly have little understanding of UK politics and how it works.

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If the UK citizens elect BJ again then I have no sympathy for them and the disaster that follows.

The UK citizens are not voting in this contest.

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The Labour Party needs to present itself to the nation before the rest of the world. Whatever happens with the Tory leadership their ship has become a Titanic.

painkiller

the US spends two years with presidential elections costing many hundreds of million. The result in the end, the president is not even elected by the people. They are elected by the electoral college which is not even required to follow the popular vote.

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@theResident

I’ve always seen you as a sensible Tory who knows what he’s talking about. Who do you think they should install as PM? I’d probably choose Mordaunt but that doesn’t look likely at the moment. I’d take Sunak every day of the week over Johnson.

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The UK citizens are not voting in this contest.

All of the people voting for the new Tory Party leadership are British citizens. First, all the Conservative party politicians. Then all the members of the Conservative party who number about 160,000.

All are British citizens.

Is there a better way to elect a prime minister, answers on a postcard to No10.

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@Jimizo: I like Mordaunt too, but I don’t think she has the experience, especially after what has just happened. I’d take Sunak over Boris too (I voted for Sunak in the election a few weeks ago), if only because at the end of the day, the current economic challenges are just so great, and yes, he is disliked for his wealth, investment bank and hedge fund background - he is at the end of the day a very intelligent man.

Regardless of my politics, I wonder how Labour would deal with the economy right now? Whilst never a supporter, at least in 1997, they were ready for Government and had a very intelligent man in Gordon Brown as Chancellor in waiting. I watched the Shadow Chancellor make her speech at the Labour Party conference a few weeks back and to be honest it sounded more Corbyn than Starmer, quite disturbing.

Boris shouldn’t even enter the race formally (and I like him) - so, in summary, I think the best we can hope for right now is Sunak as PM, Hunt remaining as Chancellor and Mordaunt in one if the other great offices - probably Home Secretary. Raab possibly as Foreign Sec.

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It will be interesting to see what a future new conservative party brings. Will it actually be conservative? Because the Tories are about as far removed from that as its possible to get.

Completely open borders, taxation the highest since WW2, woke police completely uninterested in fighting real crime, knife crime out of control, ellicit drug use out of control, pathetic military that the Tories actually cut further, utterly reliant on others for energy (60% plus for gas), national industrial strengths gutted.

They've been in power for over a decade and there is not a single hallmark of traditional conservatism that you could say is strong in Britain. Its all a mess.

But the real problem for the U.K goes deeper than either political party. The real problem is that the U.K no longer brings enough to the table. There are simply not enough strings to its bow. It doesnt have the innovation of power houses like the U.S and China. It doesnt have diversity of industry like Germany or Japan. It doesnt have some really dominant industrial champions, like Taiwan or South Korea. It doesnt have the natural resources of Australia or Canada or Brazil.

Its was a nation of shopkeepers and increasingly, its not even that....

Labor is going to have a massive, massive amount of work to do, but they wont tackle migration or crime or the decaying social fabric or improving the military in any serious way. They are likely to make all of them worse. Fertile ground for a future conservatism. It will look more like Georgia Meloni than Boris Johnson...hopefully minus any focus on abortion.

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@theResident

Fair points but I disagree about Rachel Reeves. She’s a centrist and very capable. She can also hand out a hiding. I’d take her as leader over Starmer. She’s probably Labour’s biggest asset.

It will be interesting to see what a future new conservative party brings. Will it actually be conservative? Because the Tories are about as far removed from that as its possible to get. 

Completely open borders, taxation the highest since WW2, woke…

Yawn. Stopped reading at ‘woke’. Getting more than boring.

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Imagine if Boris won the contest, and then went on to win the next General Election. It would be so delicious just to see the Guardian melting down into apoplexy.

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theResidentToday  02:31 pm JST

@painkiller : Maybe time for you to scrap your ridiclous political system that only allows the very wealthy to run for for any meaningful office and let the Church and NRA have too much say in who stands. 

You clearly have little understanding of UK politics and how it works.

The ridiculous political system that replaced your English and British monarchy?

And you do not understand the history of US presidents.

Bill Clinton as governor earned $46,854 the year before he became president in 1992.

Barack Obama made $92,000 before he became president.

And if you go back further in history, you will find presidents who came from literally dirt poor backgrounds.

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Bring him back.

Crime rate, drug use, inflation, racial problems--all zooming upward. 

He can't do any worse.

All of these problems suddenly increased in the last 45 days, did they?

I wonder what Americans make of all this. It would be interesting to hear a foreign view, wouldn’t you agree?

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Ok Boris Johnson has landed.......

Now, why cut short his vacation, if Johnson has little chance of reaching the magic 100??

Or at the least be close to achieving candidature, there is less than 48 hours left on the clock.

That is allot of ground to cover to waste a holiday.

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Hurry up Boris finish that vacation and go back home, the UK needs you sir.

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Completely open borders

Completely open borders?! These are Nigel Farage scaremongering lies You can't be British nor living in the UK. No longer in the EU schengen zone and refugees get threatened with being sent to Rwanda in Africa. Visas are only offered to those with money.

woke police completely uninterested in fighting real crime

Woke police?! Try telling that to a real British police officer. They have been impacted by government cuts.

pathetic military

Now you are being ridiculous. A fine military yet again impacted by government budget cuts.

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If BoJo returns I am officially done with my country of birth!

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Mr Johnson is a bounder and is a cheater. We need a decent chap in charge, but is that possible these days? I just can fathom how Britain has turned into such a ghastly mess, it’s like a vile reality show for the lower classes.

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"By Friday evening Johnson had about half of the 100 supporters needed to run, according to several unofficial tallies from British media organizations. More than half of Conservative lawmakers have not publicly backed a candidate yet."

What we don't know is how many will remain uncommitted to the end, rather than risk backing a loser, or backing the winner who will be the next loser. I expect the next PM will be a Cayman Island's hedge fund owner (now in "blind trust") who concept of capitalism is limited to hedge funds, tax loopholes, crony friends, and the City of London.

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Mr Johnson is a bounder and is a cheater. We need a decent chap in charge, but is that possible these days? I just can fathom how Britain has turned into such a ghastly mess, it’s like a vile reality show for the lower classes

Indeed,we are not amused

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Rishi and Sunak will bring stability to the UK and everything will be bright and rosy again!

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Guy Fawkes for PM.....

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that would make the tories even more of a laughing stock than they already are.

back to square one

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Sunak accuses Johnson of lying when he said he's got more than 100 MPs backing him.

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Tomorrow, Monday, most likely Rishi Sunak will be the new PM with 150 backers.

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Johnson pulls out of the leadership contest. Clearing the way for Sunak.

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theResidentOct. 22  02:31 pm JST

@painkiller : Maybe time for you to scrap your ridiclous political system that only allows the very wealthy to run for for any meaningful office and let the Church and NRA have too much say in who stands. 

Rishi Sunak Will Be Wealthiest Leader in Democratic World

https://www.newsweek.com/rishi-sunak-richest-wealth-fortune-other-leaders-1754181

You clearly have little understanding of UK politics and how it works.

We share something in common?

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