Boris Johnson highlights that he led Conservatives to their party’s biggest electoral win since Margaret Thatcher.
Indeed under Johnson, the Tories swept to a landslide majority in the December 2019 poll.
The beleaguered British PM also highlights that he has a strong mandate from 14 million voters.
Ever since he took office, however, the knives have been out for Johnson by a media – particularly the anti-Brexit press – bent on giving him the same treatment they mete out to Donald Trump.
The aggressive media is not content to merely report the news, they’re setting the agenda to drive Johnson out of office.
Whether Johnson gets to keep his job is not dependent on his level of popular support. It is the Tory party warlords – like the cabinet members who have recently resigned or just been sacked or piling on the pressure – as well as the Tory political operatives (MPs) and apparatchiks (‘1922 committee’) who will determine whether the PM remains in power.
So, how much influence is actually wielded by a voter? Answer: You, dear voter, surrendered your so-called “mandate” to a bunch of power-hungry smooth talkers the morning after polling day.
The outcome – as to whether Johnson’s now tottering government stands or falls – does not lie in the hands of the 47.6 million British voters. It will be decided by a handful of movers and shakers.