From Claudius To Nero: A Right Proper Scandal

10 Downing Street

The extraordinary thing is that it looks as though he [Gordon Brown] will now be in 10 Downing Street for three years, and without a mandate from the British people. No one elected Gordon Brown as Prime Minister… Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson, writing back in 2007 about the lack of election that saw Gordon Brown become Prime Minister after Tony Blair stepped down.

It’s the arrogance. It’s the contempt. That’s what gets me. It’s Gordon Brown’s apparent belief that he can just trample on the democratic will of the British people.

Interestingly, Boris Johnson has just succeeded Theresa May in becoming the new leader of the Conservative party, and therefore, Prime Minister. In exactly the same way as Gordon Brown did (with the Labour party) more than ten years ago.

They [the British public] voted for Tony, and yet they now get Gordon, and a transition about as democratically proper as the transition from Claudius to Nero. It is a scandal.

I’m sorry, but are people questioning their trust in their political leaders? Are politicians worried that there might be a breakdown in such a rudimentary facet of governance?

My goodness Mr Johnson, a scandal indeed.