School of Politics and International Relations

Boris Johnson finds his party loyalists aren’t as loyal as Trump’s

9 September 2019

Boris Johnson offers little to supporters beyond a promise to leave the European Union next month. His other policies — tax cuts, more money for the police, tighter immigration rules — are standard-issue Conservative fare. Several of his rivals for the party leadership this spring ran on substantively similar platforms. “There’s not much of a quid pro quo there,” said Tim Bale, a Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London. In fact, Mr Bale noted, a few of the rebels — notably Philip Hammond, who advocated a policy of austerity as Chancellor of the Exchequer in the previous Conservative government — were put off by Mr. Johnson’s profligate spending plans.
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Professor Bale spoke about the latest Brexit updates on ArirangTV. He also spoke about Theresa May’s memoirs in The Washington Post.