Gentle in that good night? Not Boris Johnson.

LONDON – Less than three weeks after he announced his resignation, and with rumors that he was planning a comeback, Britain’s scandal-stricken prime minister, Boris Johnson, has been bestowed by a family member. – Care advice received.

“If you ask me,” Prime Minister’s sister Rachel Johnson recently said on LBC Radiowhere she hosts a talk show, “I want to watch my brother relax and write and paint and just regroup and just, you know, see what happens.”

It’s not very likely.

While still serving as acting prime minister, Mr Johnson has hardly retreated into the background. he recently posing in a fighter jetthen to a military base where he threw a grenade, Used a machine gun and held a rocket launcher during a training exercise with Ukrainian soldiers.

And in his final appearance in Parliament as prime minister, Mr Johnson’s verdict on his three turbulent years in Downing Street was “mission largely accomplished – for now,” before he did “Terminator” with the words of the film. Signed: “Hasta la vista, baby.”

Yet as a devotee of the Terminator franchise, Mr. Johnson is aware of the sequel.

“He is not the kind of person who gives up in order to live a quiet life in a nice country house and do good things for the local church,” said Andrew Gimson, who would soon publish the second volume of his biography. To do is Mr Johnson’s.

“You don’t really make it to the top unless you’re already quite unnaturally competitive, so it would be pretty surprising if he just moved on to personal life.”

Although a return to Downing Street is unlikely, Mr Johnson, with his sizable political profile, knows how to put his name in the spotlight. This may not be good news for his successor.

Writing in the Times of London, Former Conservative leader William Hague warned about the potential for Mr Johnson to elicit “a bundle of outrage, denial, attention and retaliation that will be a permanent nightmare for the new prime minister”.

Downing Street is not saying anything publicly about Mr Johnson’s future, although his aides dismiss Mr Hague’s comments. They expect Mr Johnson to remain in parliament and reverse his still bleak plan to “level up” the prosperity of neglected regions, any weakening of his strong commitment to Ukraine, any significant changes on Brexit. But will talk.

Despite the scandals that led to his resignation, he has a strong circle of supporters among right-wing media and members of his party who will elect a new leader. Ms Truss’s supporters have tried to take advantage of this loyalty, and have accused Mr Sunak – whose resignation began to expose Mr Johnson’s job security – of betraying the prime minister. A cabinet minister, Nadine Dorries, retweeted a recent photo of Mr Sunak stabbing Julius Caesar in the back in the pose of Brutus.

and through a seemingly doomed campaign to keep Mr Johnson in Downing Street a petitionSigned by thousands of Conservative Party members, helps validate his theory – when he announced his resignation – his lawmakers acted irrationally to oust the man who won him in 2019.

“As we have seen at Westminster the herd instinct is powerful and when the herd moves, it moves,” Mr Johnson said in his resignation speech, suggesting that his conservative allies in Parliament should follow the crowd. were bowing to the trend of political existence. ,

Mr Johnson expressed little remorse or self-reflection over the mostly self-inflicted wounds that led to his downfall.

Robert Ford, a professor of political science at the University of Manchester, said the prime minister can believe in his heart that a return to Downing Street is possible someday because he has defied the odds before.

“Throughout his political career he has believed that he is someone special, that he can achieve things that others cannot, and that he is someone to whom the normal rules do not apply,” he said, Mr Johnson. Given the multiple return from the previous reverse of .

Professor Ford said that former President Donald J. Comparisons with Trump are not fair as Mr Johnson eventually accepted the process that removed him from office.

“But where the Trump analogy applies: first, Boris Johnson rejects the idea that whatever happened this year is his fault; and second, he has a very strong desire to focus on it again, Professor Ford said.

Leaving aside any remaining political ambitions, Mr Johnson has no shortage of options to earn a living. He has a biography of William Shakespeare, the potential for a lucrative presence on the international lecture circuit and, potentially, the allure of journalism. (He is a former columnist for The Daily Telegraph).

If he is to remain powerful in politics, Mr Johnson’s first task will be to remain in his seat in parliament.

A committee is investigating whether he misled lawmakers about parties breaking the lockdown in Downing Street and if it goes badly for Mr Johnson, He may have to contest elections to save his seat later this year.

Nor is it certain that he will remain in his seat at the next general election until fortunes improve for his conservatives, so there is speculation that he may seek a safer district.

For a final return to Downing Street, Mr Gimson said Mr Johnson’s “biggest chance of coming back is if the nation is in a hopeless state and he is believed to be the only one big enough and big enough to deal with it”. Courageous.”

Some former prime ministers have made a comeback, including Mr Johnson’s political hero Winston Churchill.

But Mr Johnson’s task will be difficult because – unlike Churchill – he has lost leadership of the Conservative Party, and will have to win it back before any second attempt at Downing Street can be made. It seems unlikely that Conservative lawmakers would want to risk a repeat of his chaotic administration.

In any event, Professor Ford said, with a ready platform in right-wing media, Mr Johnson is more likely to enjoy the trouble than playing the supporting elder statesman.

“He does not accept personal responsibility for his removal, and does not think he should have gone,” Professor Ford said. “He feels he has a mandate from the people and a special electoral appeal that his allies cannot repeat.”

And the question remains: Deep down, does Mr Johnson – who has a long history written only to discredit his skeptics – admit that this time it is really over?

“I doubt it,” said his biographer, Mr. Gimson, “I think he has acknowledged that he is out in the short term. But it is short term, and he is optimistic by nature.”

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