Boris Johnson’s ex-girlfriend Petronella Wyatt has stated he’s in a “mess of his personal making” after a rebel from nearly half of his MPs.
The journalist, who as soon as had an affair with the prime minsiter whereas he was editor of The Spectator, appeared on the ITV Good Morning Britain with Susanna Reid and Richard Madeley.
“He’s very a lot a individuals pleaser, which results in all types of issues in authorities, as a result of he makes guarantees he can’t hold, he makes enemies of MPs,” Ms Wyatt stated.
“Whereas you are able to do that in your private life, it catches up with you in politics.”
Ms Wyatt hesitated on the query of whether or not Mr Johnson is liar, saying he “doesn’t intend to,” including “he lies to get out of inauspicious conditions at work.” She additionally admitted that he was within the “improper job.”
“He hates confrontation. He hates rows. He doesn’t like telling individuals something disagreeable. In politics it’s a must to be extra grown up about it and it’s a must to grit your enamel in the way in which Margaret Thatcher did, in the way in which John Main, [Tony] Blair and even Theresa Might,” she stated.
“His qualities are very endearing however they’re not essentially the qualities of a fantastic prime minister.”
She added: “I truly did predict it wouldn’t finish effectively. The qualities that made him an excellent journalist should not the qualities you want in a primary minister, as a result of it’s a tough slog and he by no means favored element.
“The opposite factor is I wouldn’t say he was lazy, however being PM does contain a 14 hour day, which isn’t actually him. He will get uninterested in issues fairly rapidly.”
When requested if Mr Johnson might win the subsequent election, Ms Wyatt replied: “Completely not,” including that she feels sorry for him and that he’s in a “horrible place” and “on the ropes.” With out divulging a lot of their earlier private relationship, she added that the prime minister has a “tender core” and can be “upset” concerning the criticism angled in direction of him.
She stated: “He is a little bit of an enigma. He is surprisingly weak. It is very laborious to not be keen on him, as a result of his instincts are principally respectable, however he is very a lot his personal worst enemy.”
It comes as Mr Johnson faces strain from disgruntled backbench MPs who voted no-confidence in him in Monday’s vote. His personal strategist is worried the prime minister doesn’t have “sufficient battle in him” for the subsequent basic election, Westminster insiders have advised The Unbiased.
David Canzini, deputy chief of employees at No 10, has privately expressed considerations about Mr Johnson’s capacity and dedication to combating a nationwide marketing campaign within the subsequent two years. Sources advised The Unbiased that he’s anxious Mr Johnson has not understood the size of the battle on his arms and is simply too complacent about his prospects of successful a contemporary mandate.