BRITAIN: Boris Johnson Drops PM Bid [VIDEO]

This is surprising. The BBC reports:

Ex-London mayor Boris Johnson has ruled himself out of the race to be the next Conservative leader and prime minister. In a speech in London – billed as his campaign launch – Mr Johnson said he did not believe he could provide the leadership or unity needed.

It comes after Justice Secretary and fellow Brexit campaigner Michael Gove’s surprise announcement on Thursday morning that he would run for leader. Home Secretary Theresa May is among the candidates. Nominations closed at noon.

Also in the running are Energy minister Andrea Leadsom and former Defence Secretary Liam Fox – who campaigned to leave the EU – and Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb, who backed Remain.

The contest was sparked after David Cameron announced he would resign following the EU referendum result, which saw the UK vote by 52% to 48% to leave the EU.

Mr Johnson’s unexpected – and dramatic – announcement that he would not stand for Tory leader or prime minister, positions he is long thought to have harboured ambitions for, has dramatically altered the race.

Did News Corp magnate Rupert Murdoch pull the strings? From the Mirror:

A Tory MP has just been forced to deny Rupert Murdoch was behind today’s shock pulling out by Boris Johnson. It comes after Michael Gove’s wife sent a leaked e-mail yesterday warning the newspaper mogul “instinctively dislikes Boris”.

She claimed he and Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre would be more likely to back a Boris candidacy if he was backed up by Mr Gove. Mr Gove then declared he was standing this morning – followed promptly by Boris pulling out.

Tory former International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell was asked if Rupert Murdoch was responsible by BBC News. He replied: “In spite of views to the contrary I do not think Rupert Murdoch owns the Conservative Party or runs our country.

Breitbart is taking credit. Because of course.BorisBB

  • Sam_Handwich


    • DaddyRay


    • Todd20036

      Except that baby is adorable!

    • TuuxKabin

      just like the first time I saw that I let it run as a loop. The baby’s a doorbell, but almost has BoJo’s hair.

    • Gerry Fisher

      That was *awesome*!

  • Gustav2

    Sooooo, BoJo won’t have to clean up his own mess. Nice work if you can get it.

    • BearEyes

      it does reek of that.

  • HZ81

    Trick shits the bed but refuses to sleep in it. Wants you to pay for cab. News at 11pm.

    • Jeffrey

      LOL Best analogy so far

    • tristram

      Classic case of the dog catching the car. He knows that whoever takes the job is roadkill. Not really surprising – all the Brexiters were backtracking before the votes were counted.

    • Yup. He pushed Brexit with the goal of Remain winning but the Conservatives being forced to call a snap election, which he could use to maneuver himself into the PM spot. He has no interest in actually managing Brexit.

      Either that or Rupert Murdoch actually controls the Tories which is an even scarier thought.

      • Robert Pierce

        Murdoch backed Gove before the referendum and still his strongest supporter.

  • Rex

    The world only needs one crazy orange hair nutcase running for office anyway.

    • Blake Mason

      I wouldn’t describe Boris as orange… is poss pink a colour?

  • Gustav2

    Hey, Breitbart (London), piss off!

  • barrixines

    Not even the decency to offer a reach around.

  • HanyBaal

    He helped start the fire, now wants to advise from the sidelines. Same MO as the Trumpanzee on our side of the pond.

    • Todd20036

      Not quite. Trump wants to run the clown car off the cliff. And who are we to say no to that?

      • canoebum

        Only problem is…we’re all in the trailer hitched to rear of that clown car, regardless of party. If he takes it off a cliff, we either jump at the last minute or perish.

        • David L. Caster

          Hopefully someone can climb out on the drawbar and unhitch us before it’s too late.

  • Silver Badger

    He kinda looks like a failed Trump clone. Would that Trump dropped out of his race.

  • justmeeeee

    Fucking coward.

  • Mark Neé Fuzz

    The cynic in me is hearing these people say “Oh fuck. I ain’t cleaning up this mess I created.”

  • JT

    “Must catch Moose and Skverrel.”

  • ‘Genryu’

    ‘This is surprising.’ Not to British people with any intelligence it isn’t. Boris thought it was a safe bet that Brexit would lose. He knows that it will destroy the economy and likely, Britain as a nation and is now terrified to be associated with that. He’s running away, like the lying little boy that he is.

    • Robert Pierce

      No Tory MP becoming PM really wants to go down in history leading Brexit but my bets are on Theresa May, a same-sex marriage supporter and Remainer who has now abandoned any plans to withdraw from the ECHR, music to the ears of our LGBT community. However, since the referendum was part of the Tory manifesto, she may well have to honour the result and trigger A50, but up in the air right now. Farage doesn’t want freedom of movement and stupidly believes that there can be compromise on migration too but obviously did not receive Merkel’s second message yesterday that there will be no compromise, no cherry picking any agreement we may strike with the EU. The essence of diehard Brexiters was no freedom of movement and immigration or control, both non-negotiable according to the EP decision in Brussels yesterday. Technically, Parliament could reject A50 but probably won’t. We shall see. BoJo is the epitome of the Tory Bullingdon Club, smash everything up and let others clean up the mess. I very much suspect Tory MP and pro Remain Nick Soames, the grandson of Churchill had a word in his ear about quitting.

      • Câl

        I am feeling so conflicted about the Tory leadership: there is no one on the list I would choose to run the country on a normal day and steering as graceful an exit as possible from the EU will be a thankless task. (Obviously, I’ve never voted for a Tory at any level ever.) However, it will need to be someone with a great deal of strength and charisma to keep the various types of Brexiteers happy- the “we need our sovereignty” ones want something different to the “no more immigrants” types, as well as tying to limit the economic downturn that is inevitable. For all Theresa May supported SSM, she has done far more that I hate as Home Secretary, but I am inclined to agree with you that she may well be the best of a bad lot.

        • Robert Pierce

          The only bit of sovereignty Brexiters will have gained is simply exiting but no way near full exit…..if the next PM and government agree on EEA as the less damaging agreement after A50, Brexit will have gained very little. Freedom of movement, immigration/migration, EU budget contribution all non-negotiable and UK with no participation in any future decision making or veto power. So in a way, the will have ceded back the thing they didn’t want and that little bit of sovereignty. Nobody really wins but the Remainers will have the last laugh after all, if this goes according to an EEA option.

  • DaddyRay

    Just like our own party of “No” they love to complain and criticize but they can’t be counted on to lead or accomplish anything. It is really easy to destroy things built by others but it takes so much more to create and build.

  • bryan

    Johnson and Cameron leave behind them a broken Britain, a disunited kingdom, a weakened economy and young people angry and scared for their future. And now they smirk and run. Cowards.

    • Ernest Endevor

      Right. As an ex public schoolboy myself my first thought was that this is the kind of behavior one expects from a house prefect.

      • grada3784

        Draco Malfoy, maybe, but never Ron and Hermione.

      • HAAAAAAA

        Can you pick out Boris and David…Wankers

        • peterparker

          Well, Boris is easy. He’s sitting, farthest to the right, with socks that are too short and—oh my dog, am I really going to say this?!?!–looking rather hot.

          Cameron is a big more difficult, but I think he’s second from left, standing?

          • HAAAAAAA

            Well done 100%

        • Ernest Endevor

          Boris is in the front sitting on the steps and David is at the back pretending to be Colin Firth. I don’t know why they’re dressed as waiters but it looks like the extra classes in sneering really paid dividends.

      • perversatile

        Whould ‘a right proper prat’ be correct?
        Just ’cause we could all use a laugh-

    • John T

      The ol’ smirk-and-shirk.

  • Tulle Christensen

    I think the main problem for him is he looks too much like Trump

  • bkmn

    Now certifiable as 100% asshole.

  • band


    • Octavio

      You broke it you bought it.

      • MT YVR

        Once put a ring on in a shop, couldn’t immediately get it off my hand. Woman helping me smiled slightly and said “So, will that be cash or cleaver…..”

  • BoJo the Clown’s master plan was to back a Leave campaign that would narrowly lose, then stand for Tory Leader to “Heal the rift” in the party and become Prime Minister with his Faux Anti- EU bona fides intact. Well the vote result torpedoed that real quick and BoJo knew that as PM he would either have to admit his grand lie and stop the Brexit or preside over the economic suicide of the UK, Being the mop haired profile in cowardice he is.. he has fled from the mess he played a central role in making.

    • Ernest Endevor

      “Being the mop haired profile in cowardice he is…” I think I love you.

    • unsavedheathen

      For personal political gain he and Cameron, through ham-handed bumbling and miscalculations, bring about the likely dissolution of the UK.

      Then they both walk away like the’ve got wet nails.

  • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

    Conservatives. How typical. Creating a self inflicted disaster and expecting everybody ELSE to straighten out their mess. If it sounds familiar, it is.

    • Jeffg166

      No one will notice.

    • John T

      I wonder if Paul Ryan is taking notes.

    • ChrisMorley

      They started that trend with the colonial escapade to seize back Suez in 1956, that the US helpfully forced Britain to abandon.

  • StillALiberal

    So, Boris takes a major role leading Brexit to win the referendum and becomes favorite to be leader of the Tories as a result and THEN decides “I’m not clearing up this mess!”, meanwhile the leader of our main opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn gets told by 80% of his own MPs he is not up to the job and should quit and then decides he will carry on. Sweet Flying Spagetti Monster! Is their any GROWN UPs left to run my country!

    • Ernest Endevor

      I don’t know when I’ve seen such a mess. It’s tragic.

      • billbear1961

        It’s a huge warning to THIS country, EE!

        I hope it will be heeded!

        (I still hope there is some way out of this MESS for Britain! 52%–many not even knowing what the EU is–making such a fateful decision to undo over FORTY years of work towards integration?? It is NOT legally binding, AND the Scottish Parliament has threatened a VETO–although I don’t know if that’s more than symbolic. There must be SOME way to undo or mitigate this DISASTER!!)

        • StillALiberal

          With the shambolic mess on both sides of the House of Commons right now I’m not expecting anyone to act like responsible adults and put the country first, they are mostly too busy pointing fingers at everyone else.

          • ChrisMorley

            I think our best hope might be the House of Lords refusing assent to any Bill to take us out of the EU. The Lords played a useful role in bringing in marriage equality in England and Wales.
            Alternatively a bevy of disgruntled citizens would have a good case for a legal intervention using Judicial Review to block Brexit.

        • Anon

          Scotland can’t veto it, Parliament is sovereign and can overrule them regardless.
          And ignoring the result won’t happen, it would be electoral suicide for many MPs and parties. There would be snap elections and split parties, and we might end up with Farage as PM because of it. Only the Lib Dems will campaign to stay in and they’re now a joke party after losing 90% of their MPs at the last election.

        • Robert Pierce

          Bill, much as I like the idea of Nicola vetoing it, it would have no impact but it does present a gnawing fear of an unsettled UK after we leave. There is a way to undo it but I very much doubt the next Tory government, hopefully led by Theresa May would want to dishonour the party’s commitment to the referendum outlined in its manifesto, not that manifesto promises haven’t been dishonoured before. It’s politically explosive, having the next government reject A50 which it could legally do, but I don’t think it wants to see the potential for violent rioting, people killed in the streets. I wouldn’t want to be any new PM or government presiding over that. Every thing is up in the air right now until the new PM leader is declared and an election takes place, although some think triggering A50 might occur before that happens which I think would be foolish.

        • The Scottish Parliament doesn’t have a veto, and the First Minister didn’t say it did (regardless of what the media has been hyping up). All she said was she wouldn’t give legislative consent to Article 50, and would aim to get Holyrood to vote it down. Westminster ultimately controls these things and can simply overrule Holyrood. Then, I suspect IndyRef2 will begin…

    • TrollopeReader

      well, don’t look on THIS side of the pond …geeesh. 🙂

    • JohnFS

      Not many that I can see. We have politicians – not statesman.

  • Sam_Handwich

    o/t….this is apparently happening now…

    • TuuxKabin

      On my way downtown right now.

  • SoCalGal20

    I feel like some people should be in jail for misconduct or at least be held accountable in some way.

    • billbear1961

      Like GOP Senators who are VIOLATING the Constitution by refusing to consider ANY nominee put forward by the President for SCOTUS!

      • SoCalGal20

        It would be nice if some sanctions were at least an option. OTOH I suppose Obama could push back on the meaning of “advice and consent” and just appoint Merrick Garland and see what McConnell does. He won’t but I would love to see that fight lol.

  • Campbell

    Story doing the rounds is that once Gove’s candidacy was announced most of Johnson’s backers defected. One Tory MP has explained the shift to Gove on the grounds that “We are looking for a Prime Minister not a school prefect”
    Teresa May’s announcement of her candidacy was very impressive, and I am a Labour voter.
    It is an interesting possible outcome: Tory party led by Teresa May, Labour party led by Angela Eagle (currently challenging Corbyn), SNP led by Nicola Sturgeon and in Scotland the other two main parties also led by women.
    Come on America; get with the programme!!

    • TuuxKabin

      We’re trying, all systems go with a lot of us. Give us a lil’ time.

    • Blake Mason

      Which pisses me off.

      And maybe I shouldn’t make assumption about the situation in the UK as I do not live there.. but it sounds like they had no confidence in Johnson before “Brexit”…
      so why did they allow him to even bring it a point of referendum… they should be holding BJ to the fire to continue and see through what he started.

      Or maybe they don’t want him to make matters worse.

      • Anon

        It’s not Johnson that caused the referendum. It was Farage and UKIP, Cameron had to promise the referendum to stop losing voters (and MPs – two defected and more threatened to defect) to UKIP. Cameron called it to hold his party together, certain he would win, and look what has happened.

        • Reality.Bites

          Let’s let the tea party in. What harm could they possibly do our party?

        • George Waite

          Were the defections valuable people or a couple of eccentrics?

          • Campbell

            Valuable people. Serious players within the party who were probably only going with BoJo because Gove had sworn up hill and down dale that he was not looking to be PM.

        • Robert Pierce

          Cameron is as culpable as Farage by doing what Farage does, putting party before the country. He’s paid the ultimate price. The Tories created this mess, now they have to clean up their own house. I wouldn’t want to be Gove or May, the former a leaver, latter a remainer.

      • Circ09

        Boris Johnson is considered to be the most popular politician in the UK. We will see if that holds now after Brexit and his refusal to do his duty. It won’t be the first time he walked away from responsibilities.

    • Circ09

      How anyone could be happy about Teresa May is beyond my understanding. The woman believes her government should get to examine everything about a citizen. Only she wants to exempt herself and other MPs. And, my, look at how Gove’s fortunes have changed. Only he’s still a smarmy shit-stain. And isn’t Angela Eagle’s own constituency council still supporting Corbyn?

      • ChrisMorley

        Both are contaminated with rightwing excesses but which is the better?
        None of the three also-ran candidates have anything to recommend them.

      • Robert Pierce

        I’d rather have May as Tory PM since she not only supported same-sex marriage, and Bremain but has now abandoned any UK withdrawal from the ECHR. LGBT rights remain in tact. The lesser of any of the evils running against her.

        • Circ09

          It’s interesting to me that only a few days ago the common consensus in media was that only a Brexit supporter should lead the government. Will of the people, and all that. How fast it all changes.

      • Câl

        I’m shocked that I have ended up writing that Mrs May may be the best of a bad bunch. I’m far from happy about it and loathe her ideas on most things, particularly, as you say, her views on removing our freedoms for the sake of “security”. I hope that this does not come back and bite me.
        As for Labour: Corbyn has never been popular with the MPs but I feel that he still has the majority of Labour members around the country supporting him. I largely blame him for the Brexit as, if he had been more vocal in support and been able to show a leftist perspective on the positives of the EU, Remain would have done better. I have never warmed to Angela Eagle but an out woman leader of the opposition and perhaps one day PM would be excellent.

  • billbear1961
    • Hue-Man

      Here’s what his coronation would look like!

    • Robincho

      Rocky & Bullwinkle™ was SO fucking brilliant in every aspect. Nothing is funny about Boris Badenov unless you’re familiar with Boris Godunov!…

  • William

    Dead girl or live boy?

  • Blake Mason

    We joke that Donald could never become president, but Van Jones sums it up perfectly.

  • canoebum

    They should have left him up on that zip line.

  • Ninja0980

    Tsk tsk, this asshole doesn’t want to play any part in putting out the fire he started.

  • And if you missed David Cameron’s post Brexit press conference… here is basically how it went…

  • robirob

    There is no glory or chance of a victory for the one who is supposed to execute Brexit and the Article 50 / Treaty of Lisbon procedure.

  • olandp

    He has realized what a colossal mess he helped make and doesn’t know how to fix.

    Typical conservative.

  • TampaZeke

    The coward doesn’t want to take ownership of the dumpster fire he created.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Ain’t that the truth.

      P.S. LOVE your avatar.

  • Hank

    Sounds like what his American Doppelgänger, Hair Drumpf might be planning to do!!! /s

    O/T: Trump Institute Offered Get-Rich Schemes With Plagiarized Lessons

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    As if Breitbart has any kind of leverage in UK politics, anymore than it does here in Canada or the U.S. for that matter. Breitbart, like it’s venal founder, is wormfood.

  • Robincho

    Even Natasha knows that Boris is no Fearless Leader. Jeez…

    • grada3784

      And he’s certainly not Mr. Big. Although…..

  • Octavio

    Anyone else notice there’s a similarity with this Boris character and Trump? It’s almost as if they are from the same race of Morlocks; big fluffy white blobs of pudding that live off of human flesh.

    • Circ09

      I keep reading the comparisons between the two, but honestly, besides in looks, I’ve always associated Boris with George W Bush’s sense of failing upwards family entitlement.

      • Octavio

        I suspect there is a genetic connection.

    • James

      Boris is a friendly buffoon who is intelligent and has done some good things, while Trump is a sinister buffoon who is stupid and has never done anything good, but they’re equally bad in many respects. They both have an inflated sense of their own status and importance. Also, they look remarkably alike. There was a good photo going around with the left side of Boris; face attached to the right side of Trump’s, and at first glance it looks like one person.

    • coram nobis

      They’re both from NY, is that a factor?

  • dr tod

    There was an interesting article in the New Yorker yesterday. Britain has gotten used to imported food since the European Union. Fresh vegetables, cheese, bread, meat available at competitive prices. Britain doesn’t produce enough food on its own. There is going to be a problem. Answered prayers!

    • There is absolutely nothing good that will come out of Brexit. Nothing.

    • Colonel Panic.

      I wonder if I can survive on a diet of Savoy cabbage, Stilton and beer?

  • Cuberly

    Some of what I’ve read is saying that Johnson was using the Brexit campaign as an attention getting exercise, that he was actually counting on Bremain to win.

    His behavior since the election has been truly bizarre, particularly his goofy editorial claiming many of the benefits of EU membership wouldn’t change. Which EU member nations promptly said, uh, no. When you’re gone you’re gone. He’s got a reputation for playing fast and loose with facts along with outright lying.

    Beginning to believe this is very much the case. That he knows he fucked up, big time.

  • Octavio

    I’m so over being concerned about the UK’s little hissy fit. I’m much more worried about Rajoy having been reelected in Spain. He’s even nastier than Aznar was (and probably still is). Life was rather nice under the management of that pleasant, warm and friendly Zapatero. Spain needs another Zapatero.

    • George Waite

      How many people come and go between Argentina and Spain? Many people with close family in the other country?

      • Octavio

        Barcelona is the most popular place to go for Argentines. As for “the old country”, at least half of Argentina’s 48 million citizens are from or their parents/grandparents were from southern Italy. Lots of folks from Calabria and Sicily. El Squeeze’s mother immigrated from Calabria to Buenos Aires in 1966. El Squeeze is a great travel companion because he has native fluency in Italian and Portuguese (and Lunfardo). But whenever we travel to Spain he’s a clever boy. He immediately drops his thick Rioplatense dialect/accent and affects a thick Andalusian accent. Argentines are sort of looked down upon in Spain, primarily because so many take advantage of moving to Spain and accepting jobs. There’s no need for special permission like a work visa for Argentines. Oddly, one of the most popular vacation destinations with lots of Porteños is Boston. Go figure. 🙂

    • Circ09

      I suspect another election in a year. PP’s numbers were only slightly better than the last election 6 months ago and last I read the PSOE were not inclined to give PP a helping hand. That country needs hard choices made no matter what party is in power. It’s the same endless circle of delay over the important changes for 2 decades now. The ever-present bureaucratic nightmares and corruption make it almost impossible for business. The social progressive changes under PSOE were their only value to me.

      • David L. Caster

        What are the chances parliament simply says never mind, we aren’t going to involve Article 50?

        • Ross

          I predict that Article 50 will never be invoked.

          All this will just fade away…

  • mizzourah

    It’s because it’s a shitshow.The next PM is gonna be saddled with it all and will likely be roadkill after.

  • Joe in PA

    I’m a little late to the party here…but to any of you still reading, breaking news from Panti! :

    • coram nobis

      She might very well bring some stability to the situation.

      • JohnFS

        She’d be 100 times better than the current drunk.

  • Oh please, like this haystack (he’s not civilized enough for dumpsters) fire ever had a chance.

  • AndyinChicago

    I feel this is a warning about promising the moon. If you tell people that if they do x, you’ll give them y, and then you realize you can’t deliver, you can’t expect people to like or trust you.

  • James

    None of it’s good news.

  • Halloween_Jack

    “I broke it, you pay for it.”

  • Traxley Launderette

    Donald Trump has found his perfect running mate.

  • Michael Hampton

    Typical conservative. “Do this because it’s what we need to do!” When it happens, “I don’t want any part of it and I didn’t tell you to do it.”

  • Johnson is a typical modern conservative. He’s created a gigantic mess and is now abandoning it for someone else to clean up.

    • Natty Enquirer

      He may also be wisely choosing to avoid leadership of a government which will eventually choose to ignore the referendum.

      • coram nobis

        The only reason the Tories would get away with that is because Labour also derailed last week. Who’s going to oppose them in an early election now? The Silly Party?

  • MT YVR

    One of the many many ways I recall knowing that my older brother is a psychotic. As a child, and I mean like grade one, he used to be quiet and proper. Teachers loved him until one caught on. He was quiet and proper and sweet. And then he’d go sit next to some one, get them going and instigate a fight. Then when they would start a class wide brawl, he’d gather the toys he wanted and go sit in a corner. Quiet. Calm. Teachers HAD thought he was “the only one that isn’t a problem” until they realized he was the only one CAUSING the damned problem.

    Looks about the same.

  • Jeffg166

    Boris bails on Britain. Heck of a job Boris, heck of a job.

  • Eric Lewis

    This is the guy who shi#s in a public restroom and leaves without flushing.

  • EdA

    There must be something in the water. After having done what he could to disunited the United Kingdom, the British piece of trump decided to walk away from the massive heap of trump he played a major role in creating.

    • coram nobis

      Maybe he figured he didn’t want to be PM during the “trainwreck” period. Whoever is PM is going to regret it.

  • coram nobis

    Plenty of Guardian coverage, including the theory that Gove went from being an ally to wanting the job himself.

    Also here’s a Guardian scorecard of possible PMs.

    The real surprise, of course, is the fact that Labour is also looking for a leader.

  • Mihangel apYrs

    Gove stabbed BoJo in the back after they had both stabbed Cameron in the back. And they are/were such chums.

    This is the loyalty of a certain sort of politician

  • coram nobis

    The latest “Downfall” parody makes it a soliloquy by Boris Johnson — OK, it’s an old satire format, and this variant has been out a day or so, but it makes more sense now that Gove has emerged.

  • Lane

    Wait, why doesn’t B——-t like BoJo? I would have thought they’d be fellating him day and night.

  • coram nobis

    Meantime, another event in the British Isles shows how surreal things have gotten. Not long after the vote, HM The Queen has a 20-minute conversation with the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland — Martin McGuinness, no less.

    “We discussed many things, none of which I will tell you.”

    He added: “We had a very good engagement for about 20 minutes where we did talk about many things.”

  • The problem here, of course, is the PM who pulls the Article 50 trigger will be the one remembered as the one who served the entire United Kingdom a giant shit botty and quite possibly ending the UK itself.

    Gibraltar, Northern Ireland and Scotland are all very serious about wanting to remain in the EU for obvious reasons.

  • coram nobis

    A speech to London that seems a bit more timely, now.

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    In what insane world do the writers at breitbart live in that they think they can get a british politician to do what they want?

  • glass

    “Boris pulls out”, if only his father had done the same. No one wants that muppet as PM. The UK survives another national disaster.