Why now we must all #BackBoris

Posted 15 Aug 2019 by Walaa Idris

It is no secret I am a Brexiteer and during the EU Referendum supported and campaigned for the Vote Leave campaign. Like all my fellow Brexiteers and most of the country I believe we should have left by now. That is why I think it is time for those who voted to Remain to put their personal feelings aside and support the Prime Minister. They need to back Boris to end the Brexit uncertainty and allow the country to move forward.

When parliament triggered Article 50, MPs knew what they signed up for. They knew they had two years to negotiate the terms of Withdrawal, followed by a withdrawal without a deal if a deal cannot be agreed.

Now, three years after the referendum and we still haven’t left. Parliament is stuck. Government is stuck. The country is stuck. The uncertainty of this stuckness is chipping away at our economy and slowly destroying us, as individuals, as communities and as a country, and it needs to stop.

Parliament now has a duty to break this deadlock. It is the job of MPs, as the elected representatives to deliver what the country instructed them to do. And deliver it despite personal views or feelings. We are now at a crossroad, our democracy is at stake and trust in our politicians is at it’s lowest because Brexit hasn’t yet been delivered.

The time to argue there wasn’t enough information during the 2016 campaign or the vote was advisory, or after three years people changed their minds or, or …… are all pointless. Frankly, they are also baseless, because in a democracy when people cast their vote they expect it to be honoured. They expect those they sent to parliament to represent them do as instructed.

That is why we must now leave. That is also why we must all support Boris Johnson. He has the commitment to honour what the country voted for. The leadership to carry it through, and the vision to be bold and pragmatic while delivering it. His choice of ministers and announcements to date are prove of it.

The PM and all his cabinet have repeatedly set out their desire for a deal, and their willingness to renegotiate and agree one. However, it is correct and encouraging they are all in agreement that if a better deal is not agreed we will still leave without one. This is the certainty the country and our economy has been craving for for three years and that is why we must all back Boris Johnson and stand united behind him to leave with or without a deal on October 31st.


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Boris for PM is not looking too good.

Posted 25 Mar 2013 by Walaa Idris

Boris Johnson

For most leaders there is always one moment, one event when it becomes clear to the rest of us this man, this woman is leadership material. David Cameron’s was his Tory conference speech in 2005; suddenly conference delegates and the nation saw the future leader of the Conservative Party. Nick Clegg’s was that ‘I agree with Clegg’ moment during the first TV leadership debates. Even his opponents saw a different man, a new man, a leader to the nation not just his party. It was the instant everyone realised the Liberal Democrats are a viable alternative and not just a protest vote movement. Barack Obama’s moment came during his Berlin speech in 2008, the number of people that came out that day, the energy in the crowd and the saintly charisma he exuded, that was the moment the world realised this man’s words have something very special and Obamamenia hit the world.

Equally there are moments when people know no matter what amount of hype, PR or cash thrown at someone, some people will not make it come what may. Gordon Brown’s was during the 2010 General Election, when he was caught on tape calling a Labour voter a bigot for talking about immigration, when everyone else felt she was conveying genuine concerns. Sarah Palin’s the “I can see Russia from my porch” reply and her peculiar take on foreign policy was the beginning of her end. Christine O’Donnell, the Tea Party darling got so close to winning then she spoke her mind, and from then on it was downhill all the way to defeatville.

Never one to write off or badmouth one of my own, but Boris Johnson’s car crash interview yesterday is unforgivable. First I can’t believe how unprepared he went into his interview with Eddie Mair. To not anticipate Mair will quiz him on the Michael Cockerell documentary (airing tonight on BBC2 at 9pm) when he accepted to do the programme under duress is beyond me!!! Secondly, granted he slipped and got caught off guard (with the fabricating a quote for the Times business) but how could he not see the next question (lying to Michael Howard) coming? When he just made a whole BBC documentary on the dreaded three questions that sunk his Mair interview? By the time the third ambush hit it was too late for any comeback or rebuttal, by then, Boris Johnson was a sitting duck desperately trying to be funny. That image is not leadership material and no one will forget it in a hurry.

The sad thing is all of it could have been avoided had he recovered after the first attack, fluffed his blond mop and reiterated he was there to talk about the budget and housing or simply put his hands ups and say ‘hay that was the past, the old me, I did wrong and now know better’ because people love honesty and adore repented politicians. Especially since none of what was said is new or news. He was elected and re-elected Mayor of London despite these events – every Londoner knew about them and still wanted him as their mayor.

So what changed here? Leaders get put on the spot all the time.

What changed yesterday was his recovery and ability to turn a bad situation into good plus his attitude. It was the first time the media put Boris on the spot; he didn’t like it and showed it, that’s not a good change.


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