The Tory party has always known that Boris Johnson is a nakedly opportunistic liar, a man with no principles except for his own self-advancement. But that didn’t matter, because he was the best election-winner they had.
No longer. On Monday, Johnson’s backbench critics triggered a no-confidence vote that could see him ousted as Conservative Party leader by the end of the day and out of Downing Street by the end of the week.
Under party rules, prime ministers face an automatic confidence vote if 15 percent of the parliamentary party—at the moment that means 54 lawmakers—lodge letters of complaint with the backbench 1992 Committee.