PM Johnson gambles all on election that will transform Britain

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COMMENTARY: BorisJohnson gambles all on election that will transform Britain

Election outcome will show whether the move was strategic genius or fanatical folly.BORIS Johnson's place in political history is assured, although it will be a few more weeks until we know whether it is the place he would have wanted.

This was perhaps predictable. What few could have foreseen is the scale of Tory blood-letting. In just a few short weeks Mr Johnson has also orchestrated the biggest rupture in the Conservative party for decades, sending it into that election having expelled 21 of his own MPs.The Conservatives are being shorn of all who are not prepared to sign up to Mr Johnson's world view.

But this strategy is incredibly risky. Though the party will fight the election with unity of purpose, it still looks divided. It has lost Ruth Davidson, the hugely popular leader of the Scottish Conservatives. Many of the 13 seats she helped to win in 2017 are at serious risk. In the south and south-west, Mr Johnson faces losing Tory seats in Remain strongholds, especially to the Liberal Democrats.

If he does win, he will emerge not only hugely empowered, but will also have five years' grace to get the UK through the inevitable early crises of Brexit. He would have the mandate to seek a different deal, though that would mean delay.

 

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