A vote of no-confidence against Prime Minister Boris Johnson, on Monday evening, returned Britain to a naked political struggle after a non-political weekend, when the British celebrated the platinum jubilee of Queen Elizabeth, and her unifying role as a popular and symbolic head of state.
But during the four-day celebration of 70 years since the Queen took the throne, Mr. Johnson’s troubles came to light in full, highlighting the national discontent with the Prime Minister, and putting his public persona at ease with that of the Queen.
Throughout the weekend, as Mr. Johnson participated in the jubilee festivities, and members of the public – and even the participants – declared their disdain.
the master. Johnson and his wife, Carrie Johnson, were booed as they walked up the stairs of St. Paul’s Cathedral on the Friday before Thanksgiving. Videos circulating showing a similar response while attending a concert Saturday night outside Buckingham Palace. During the ceremony, two actors, Lee Mack and Stephen Fry, dug into Mr. Johnson on the National Theatre.
But it was the revelers who thronged the streets of London over the long weekend who remarked – unmovingly and often – about their distrust of the government, even as they reflected their admiration for the Queen, and provided insight into the general public’s view of their leader. .
Marianne Argent, 77, who gathered with three generations of her family in the mall outside Buckingham Palace for a parade of the Colored Forces on Thursday, noted that the Queen was a unifying force, “unlike politicians”.
She rolled her eyes as she sighed at Boris before quickly turning her focus to the celebrations.
In Hyde Park on Friday, Marina Burns, 60, said of the Queen’s festivities: “It’s all apolitical, which is why it’s so unified.”
“In the meantime, politics is chaotic,” said the lady. Burns have been added. “It’s so awful at the moment with Boris and Partigate.”
She said she considered the jubilee celebrations as one of the first post-Covid moments in which the nation can find joy, amid “the agony and gloom” of failed leaders, economic hardship and pandemic losses.
A few benches in the park, Erwin Koenen, 60, who was visiting from the Netherlands and awaiting his departure to fly home, cited “mess with the prime minister” as one of the many difficulties Britain is currently facing, and why so many people were excited about the positivity of Jubilee .
Catherine Cook, 48, who works for the National Health Service, put an angry comment about the government’s failures into a glowing account of the festivities.
Ms. When Cook reflects on the Queen’s “great respect” for her sense of duty to the state, she added, “Our politicians, like Boris, are not so much.”
Comments on the streets of London may be indicative of a greater patriotic feeling, with Mr. Johnson’s approval rating in a YouGov poll had dropped to just 26 percent at the beginning of May. In the wake of a Sue Gray report late last month highlighting the government’s failure to lead during coronavirus lockdowns, about 60% of people polled by YouGov said Mr. Johnson should not be the leader of the Conservative Party anymore.
Monday morning Opinium poll, hours after the vote was announced, found that 28 percent of voters believed Tory lawmakers should vote to keep Mr. Johnson, while 59 percent thought they should vote to dismiss him.