Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Why Boris Johnson’s Reversal of Fortune Was So Swift - WSJ

While the U.K. celebrated the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne, the longest reign in the nation’s history, Boris Johnson was battling to avoid becoming her third-shortest-serving prime minister.

The fickleness of British politics is legendary. Tenure at the top of the greasy pole can be as slippery and unstable as the ascent—and the slide down is quick and painful.

Less than three months after leading the British to victory over Nazi tyranny in 1945, Winston Churchill was dumped in a landslide election victory for the Labour Party. In 1990, having led the conservatives to three general election victories Margaret Thatcher was ousted by her own parliamentary colleagues.

Mr. Johnson likes to think of himself, improbably, as a worthy heir to those two Conservative giants. Instead, he may face the ignominy of being the shortest-tenured prime minister since Alec Douglas-Home in 1964, whose signal achievement is near-complete historical anonymity.

via www.wsj.com

We should really take a page out of the UK's book. Four years is an eternity for some executives, especially if they're old.


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de Gaulle set up the French nth Republic with a seven year term for the Prez. They've shortened it to five.

A better idea might be not to elected demented old coots. Or crooks - either works.

Posted by: dearieme | Feb 8, 2022 1:26:30 PM