Ewan McGregor has told Boris Johnson in no uncertain terms that he is a “spineless cunt” for backing down from bidding to for the leadership of the Tory party.
@BorisJohnson You spineless c$&t You lead this ludicrous campaign to leave EU. Win, and now fuc& off to let someone else clear up your mess.
— Ewan McGregor (@mcgregor_ewan) June 30, 2016
While Australia was sleeping, Johnson – one of the most outspoken voices in favour of Brexit, and widely expected to put himself forward as David Cameron‘s successor – announced to shocked journalists and MPs that the next person to lead the party “cannot be me”.
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) June 30, 2016
McGregor is not alone in his sentiment; to draw just one from the literal thousands of responses to Boris buggering off, Tory grandee Michael Heseltine called it akin to being “like a general, that led his army to the sound of guns, but at the sight of the battlefield, abandoned the field.”
British politics is a clusterfuck right now, but it looks like Justice Secretary Michael Gove – another major Brexit campaigner, who was expected to back Johnson’s leadership bid – had something to do with it. Gove announced his own leadership bid hours before Johnson’s announcement, which Johnson’s own dad, Stanley Johnson, compared to Brutus stabbing Caesar.
“‘Es tu Brute’ is my comment on that,” he told BBC Radio 4. “I don’t think he is called Brutus, but you never know.”
And reading between the lines here, it looks like the Daily Mail isn’t too happy with Gove, either.
— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) June 30, 2016
Right now, Gove is being compared to House of Cards numero uno villain Frank Underwood; Johnson supporter and Tory MP Jake Berry tweeted (and presumably deleted), “There is a very deep pit reserved in Hell for such as he. #Gove”, and yesterday Gove’s wife Sarah Vine accidentally sent an email advising him on his leadership big to a journalist, so of course the whole thing was published. Have a read – there’s some serious Claire Underwood-vibes.
Long story short: the whole thing is a mess. Boris withdrawing = bad; Gove stepping up = probably bad. Everything is bad.
Source: The Independent.
Photo: Getty / Hong Wu.