Would You like a feature Interview?
All Interviews are 100% FREE of Charge
The art of being a former prime minister is a difficult one. Knowing when to speak up, when to sit down, when to support your successors and when to challenge them.
All ex-leaders do things differently. Teresa May occasionally used Commons speeches to convey her views, Gordon Brown favored newspaper articles, Tony Blair had his own think tank, and David Cameron tried his hand at finance. After feeling embarrassed about it, I try to avoid the spotlight entirely.
No one works louder than Boris Johnson. His decision to step into the tricky Brexit debate is the latest sign that he has no intention of quietly endorsing Rishi Snak behind the scenes.
Johnson never directly criticizes his former protégé, but he is not always happy with the current prime minister’s decisions, and perhaps should do a better job if questions arise. Enough to make it clear what can be done. I actually think it shouldn’t have been overthrown.
The ex-Prime Minister is Britain’s most famous politician and the only one with 100% name recognition in YouGov polls. He may well be in a good position to play a role similar to Margaret Thatcher. Thatcher never calmed down John Major, instead always being ready to explain how she did things.
However, if he can’t get over his resignation from the office, he risks becoming Ted Heath instead.
Johnson’s future may be determined by his bank balance. He earns millions of dollars for his speaking work and his autobiography. Does he really want to give it up and go through the trouble of becoming prime minister again?