Hasta La Vista, Boris: Buyer’s Remorse?

 

I don’t watch many Arnold Schwarzenegger movies.  Unlike a lot of people, I’ve never been much of a fan, either in his Mr. Universe, his entertainment, or his political, careers.

And I really only recognize two quotes from his movies.  One is “Hasta La Vista (See ya’ Later), Baby.”  (Voted #76 in the American Film Institute’s 100 Best Movie Quotes).

And the other is “I’ll be back.”  (Voted #37 in the AFI’s 100 Best Movie Quotes.)

After two weeks of fairly interesting shuffling about in the search for a new Tory party leader, the “Conservative” Members of Parliament have reverted to form, and have chosen –in the race to move forward to the leadership position–the two “continuity” candidates:  Boris Johnson’s Chancellor of the Exchequer (until that moment he decided to stab his mentor in the back), Rishi Sunak, and Boris Johnson’s preferred Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss.

One of those two will be selected by the “Conservative Party Membership” (numbering between 160,000 and 200,ooo, in a nation of 67 million), and will become the next Prime Minister on September 5.

Every remotely reliable poll indicates that both Rishi and Liz will lose in a landslide in the next general election to the Labor Party leader, “Sir” (there’s the cognitive dissonance, right there) Kier Starmer.

Those of us who’ve been dreaming of the moment when the unabashedly middle-class, first-generation Nigerian immigrant, McDonald’s burger-flipper putting herself through college, thoroughly anti-woke Black woman, Kemi Badenoch might have responded to the sneering Labour leader’s attacks about the inherent classicism and racism of the Tory party, beginning with, “Well, Sir Kier….”  will just have to wait for that glorious putdown.

Meanwhile, I’ll chuck a reluctant vote to Liz Truss, because she is–marginally–the actual conservative in the race, and because her work ethic (perhaps best expressed as something like “I took this bloody job (of Boris’s Foreign Secretary) and I’m seeing it through, without drama queenery or backstabbing, to the end”) speaks well of her. I don’t know if she can escape her wooden and dull image by managing the “Maggie” makeover that Thatcher engineered early in her political life, but, never say die. (Rishi’s very smooth. No accident that many in the British press compare him to Barack Obama. Speaking of buyer’s remorse.)

Meanwhile, there seems to be a growing grassroots feeling that–perhaps–the overthrow of Boris was rather ridiculous (on the grounds of “cakegate” and “pinchergate” alone) and that perhaps it was orchestrated by the aforementioned Kier Starmer, the Labour Party, and their acolytes in the British media, merely because Boris has always been the candidate the Labour Party fears most, and because this was viewed as a marvelous opportunity to clear the field and replace him with another–eminently beatable–Tory leader.

Crimenutely. I am grabbing the popcorn. And staying tuned.

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  1. Percival Thatcher
    Percival
    @Percival

    She: Every remotely reliable poll indicates that both Rishi and Liz will lose in a landslide in the next general election to the Labor Party leader, “Sir” (there’s the cognitive dissonance, right there) Kier Starmer.  

    The headline:

    Tories Survey Greatness, Take A Pass On It.

     

    (The best Schwarzenegger line: Remember when I told you that I would kill you last? I lied.)

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  2. Gary McVey Contributor
    Gary McVey
    @GaryMcVey

    Another great inside look at British thinking and politics! Many thanks, She. 

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  3. Jimmy Carter Member
    Jimmy Carter
    @JimmyCarter

    It’s not a tooma!

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  4. Percival Thatcher
    Percival
    @Percival

    Jimmy Carter (View Comment):

    It’s not a tooma!

    That was in the running, but then I remembered the other one.

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  5. Captain French Moderator
    Captain French
    @AlFrench

    She: Meanwhile, I’ll chuck a reluctant vote to Liz Truss,

    You get to vote?

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  6. Hang On Member
    Hang On
    @HangOn

    There’s only one person in British politics who has any brains: Nigel Farage. The rest are pygmies. 

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  7. RightAngles Member
    RightAngles
    @RightAngles

    One by one they’re being replaced.

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  8. She Member
    She
    @She

    Captain French (View Comment):

    She: Meanwhile, I’ll chuck a reluctant vote to Liz Truss,

    You get to vote?

    No, I’m just spitballing.  I do belong to an expat organization, Conservatives Abroad, but it doesn’t confer voting privileges as a CP member in the UK.

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  9. Pagodan Member
    Pagodan
    @MatthewBaylot

    The first sentence pretty much ensured I would ignore everything that came after it. 

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  10. E. Kent Golding Member
    E. Kent Golding
    @EKentGolding

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    One by one they’re being replaced.

    Should have gone the full Palin.

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  11. ctlaw Coolidge
    ctlaw
    @ctlaw

    Via Wikipedia:

    https://youtu.be/UBg3tq4Hrx8?t=23

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  12. She Member
    She
    @She

    Pagodan (View Comment):

    The first sentence pretty much ensured I would ignore everything that came after it.

    LOL.  I’ve always been pretty good at reading the room and targeting my audience.

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