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BoJo wins no confidence vote, sort of

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I don’t know anything about this stuff, but this doesn’t exactly sound like an infinitely more important victory 50 miles to south 78 years ago today.

After febrile speculation about the number of Conservative MPs who would vote against Johnson, the final figure who rebelled against him was higher than many expected.

A staggering 148 of his own lawmakers decided they had no confidence in Johnson’s leadership, against 211 who support him.

That means 58.6% of Conservative MPs backed him — a worse result than former Prime Minister Theresa May, who had the support of 63% of her lawmakers (200, in a much smaller parliamentary party) when she faced a confidence vote in 2018.

May survived just six months further in the job, before ultimately being forced to resign.

What’s going on here? Was this some sort of stunt on Johnson’s part that ended up apparently backfiring? Also it really hurts that this buffoonish clown looks like Disraeli and Gladstone all rolled into one compared to our own barely crypto-fascist reality TV star.

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