This afternoon.

Boris Johnson has been elected as the new Conservative leader with 92,153 votes compared to Jeremy Hunt’s 46,656.

After he was announced as the winner of the leadership contest, Mr Johnson said:

“I say to all the doubters: Dude, we are going to energise the country, we’re going to get Brexit done on October 31. We’re going to take advantage of all the opportunities that it will bring in a new spirit of ‘can do’ and we’re, once again, going to believe in ourselves and what we can achieve.

“And like some slumbering giant, we’re going to rise and ping off the guy-ropes of self-doubt and negativity with better education, better infrastructure, more police, fantastic full-fibre broadband sprouting in every household. We are going to unite this amazing country and we’re going to take it forward. I thank you all very much for the incredible honour that you’ve just done me.

“I will work flat out from now on with my team that I will build, I hope, in the next few days…the campaign is over and the work begins.”

LIVE: Boris Johnson wins race to become next PM (Sky News)

Earlier:

Simon Coveney with then British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and the Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, in Dublin, November 2017

This morning.

The outcome of the ballot of about 160,000 Tory members will be revealed at just before midday in London with the victor officially becoming prime minister on Wednesday.

Jeremy Hunt was in a positive mood when he arrived home from a run this morning despite Boris Johnson remaining the clear favourite to take over from Theresa May.

A Johnson win could spark more government resignations after Sir Alan Duncan quit as Foreign Office minister on Monday in protest at his expected victory, predicting a “crisis of government”.

Chancellor Philip Hammond and justice secretary David Gauke have given notice that they will resign rather than serve under Johnson.

Tory leadership Contest Live (The Guardian)

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111 thoughts on “Shoo In

    1. Charger Salmons

      Currently a shade over 0.89p.
      I’d stick to conspiracy theories rather than currency trading if I was you.

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        1. Charger Salmons

          Ah, you think the currency traders will decide to act when they come back from their lunch break ?
          A Boris win has been factored in for weeks.
          You’re clueless.

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          1. Qwerty123

            You are committed Charger, haha. In fairness, it has been priced in for a while. Down 6% since beginning of may, was 1.17 now 1.11 v Eur

          1. scottser

            I still have a fiver from when I did that bunjee jump last year. A proper queen one too, not that nordy rubbish

  1. Charger Salmons

    Another knucklehead unable to use capital letters and punctuation.
    You have to wonder at the poor state of Ireland’s education system.

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    1. scottser

      so spelling and punctuation are the only indicators of intelligence?
      no wonder you lot voted a window-licking moron to the office of prime minister.
      i sincerely hope ye enjoy the next 20 years rolling round in your own filth.
      :)

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      1. B9Com From No

        40 I’d say
        It’s gonna get real ugly over there
        As the old song goes

        “Thank god we’re surrounded by water”

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      2. Charger Salmons

        Ye ?
        Who in God’s name uses the word ye instead of you.
        Unless they’re a Shakespearean actor or a straw-chewing bogger.

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      1. bisted

        …as Napoleon, that greatest of all frenchmen once said…’never interupt your enemy when they are making a mistake…’
        heh x 3

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          1. Tony

            Well he battered the Brits but then the Prussians came along at the last minute and saved the Iron Duke’s bacon. Whew!

          2. dav

            Christ, charger is reduced to making strange noises. things must be bad in fairydust and unicorn land

      2. B9Com From No

        I miss the other Nigel who used to post here
        Weird isn’t it?
        He was definitely the best at getting under your nose.

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  2. Ron

    Again the Irish standing in their glass houses lobbing stones over at the Brits. Yes, they have their own political faeces show over there to deal with, but considering the freak show politicians the Irish have ACTUALLY elected here just serves to highlight how ridiculously inept this country has become.

    Below is one of very many apt descriptions of why Johnson is not fit to be Prime Minister. After you read it, replace the word Johnson with Varadkar, replace the word Prime Minister with Taoiseach, replace the words Conservative Party with Fine Gael Party, replace the wasteful vanity projects with the many examples of wasteful projects led by Varadkar, and replace the careless use of his words with the many gaffes and careless words of the boy Varadkar.

    Do you all see how incredibly ridiculous you all sound now when you come on here with your know it all dribble on the state of British politics?. Sort out your own back yard first before you start coaching others on best practice lol.

    ‘It is deeply disturbing that they are on the verge of electing a right wing populist as their leader. They are on the point of electing someone who claims that he is going to be a unity figure, but has referred to Muslim women as letterboxes. A man that has talked about black people having lower IQ’s than the rest of us. A man who has also claimed that he should be elected on the basis of his competence and yet he is the person that spent £43 million pounds on a vanity project for a bridge where not a single brick was laid. He commissioned some buses where the back door didn’t work properly and that had to get scrapped lol. He commissioned a water canon where it’s illegal to actually use them and he claims that he has the competence lol. And worse of all of course when he was foreign secretary, his careless words, the man who is supposed to be the head of Britain’s diplomatic service, his careless words ended up with a woman, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe being locked up in Iran for far longer than usual. He is absolutely not fit to be the Prime Minister of the country and the fact that he is going to be elected by 120,000 members of the Conservative Party, let’s face it, not exactly a representative sample of the population of the United Kingdom is a democratic and a constitutional and a national political outrage.’

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      1. Ron

        the truth hurts and the human psyche consistently demonstrates that we would rather continue on a path of stupidity rather than admit we are wrong.

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          1. Ron

            great drying weather out there too in fairness. Always leads to having more ironing to do.

          2. millie st murderlark

            And impotence seems to be all you’re good for, Ronniekins.

            Yikes. Hope your other half isn’t too cut up.

          3. Papi

            It’s all the Irish voters fault that ironing has to be done in summer, you’ve nobody to blame but your filthy selves.
            Or some such.

    1. pedeyw

      I zoned out pretty early on that because here’s the thing: the post is about Johnson getting elected as leader of the the Tories., it has nothing to do with Varadkar or Fine Gael. If you’d care to read any of the posts on Irish politics, of which there are many, you’ll find plenty of criticism and ire directed at the Irish political establishment.

      Do you see how incredibly ridiculous you look now when you come on here with your know it all dribble on the state of Irish politics?

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      1. Ron

        And your reply just demonstrates the point of my post but you can’t even see that. And there are too many like you. It seems the majority of people in this country have ‘zoned out’ (to borrow your term) of the reality of how bad things have got in this country. You hit the nail on the head regarding why it has happened. too many zoned out.

        And the only reason you zoned out of this post is because you know it’s true. People will always look to what’s worse elsewhere to avoid having to admit their own mistakes

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          1. Ron

            I’m sure comment made sense in your head. For the rest of us… not so much.. your only embarrassing yourself now

        1. pedeyw

          Except it doesn’t. You missed the whole point of what I was saying. The reason I zoned out is because you were engaged in whatabouterry. Very little of you said relates to the post in question.
          To reiterate: the original post has nothing directly to do with Varadkar, Fine Gael or Irish politics in general. The reason most comments on it are about the state of British politics and not Irish politics is because it’s a post ABOUT British politics not about Irish politics.
          Again you’ll see plenty of posts about the state of Irish politics, with plenty of comments condemning Varadkar, Fine Gael, etc. elsewhere on Broadsheet as long as you’d care to look. This is not one of them.

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          1. Ron

            There is a difference between having a reasoned debate about the political misfortunes of another country and then there is this forum where there is no debate.. Its just a big group of dimwits that think they are smart laughing at the misfortune of the Brits whilst they preside over a faeces show in their own backyard. And the fundamental flaw in your argument is that these people don’t recognise that faeces show in their own back yard.

            Acknowledge the freak show they are directly responsible for in this country , learn from it, correct it, acknowledge the mistake and then by all means offer coaching and counselling to the Brits. And until then the Irish electorate should zip it when it comes to laughing at the Brits . The Irish have nothing to be laughing about

          2. ReproBertie

            “Acknowledge the freak show they are directly responsible for in this country”
            So you’re referring just to those who voted FF/FG.

    2. Barry the Hatchet

      “Replace literally everything in this article with something else, and it will be about something else!” Great contribution there, Ron.

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    1. Brother Barnabas

      beyond shooting yourself in the foot – more like shooting through your own scrotal sac and then kneecapping yourself en route to shooting yourself in the foot

      at least he’ll be gone by christmas

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    2. eoin

      66% of the votes, 90% turnout. Hard to argue with that. Not a landslide but solid enough to legitimately claim his party’s mandate.

      Apparently, the girlfriend won’t be turning up for the official Boris-enters-No10 ceremony, but she’ll be moving in her toothbrush at least.

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      1. Ron

        the fact that only 120,000 people can potentially have a say is the real democratic deficit. Ireland is the same. We borrowed that best practice from the Brits.

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        1. eoin

          160,000 members of the Conservative and Unionist Party elect the candidate after the MPs have whittled the candidates down to two. Not perfect but neither is our own.

          With a broken party, and MPs who refuse to serve in his Cabinet, and dependent on the 10 DUP MPs, an early election is surely on the cards when the 40m voters can have their say.

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          1. Ron

            And Farage and the Brexit Party are guaranteed to romp home when the Brits are allowed to have their say by the politicians

          2. ReproBertie

            Farage’s travelling circus will split the Conservative vote leaving Labour in the driving seat so Corbyn may have to actually find a position on Sasamach.

      1. B9Com From No

        He’s going to ask them to publicly commit to a vague non binding date for an all Ireland vote on a United Ireland, also to accept customs checks both on the border and in the Irish Sea but no hard border for cattle or dairy

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    1. Ian-O

      Farage, LOL.

      He’s the man to turn to when you want a good old, self pitying, snowflakey rant.

      When it comes to actually doing stuff, honestly and with integrity, don’t ask him. He has no experience.

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      1. Charger Salmons

        Nigel Farage is the sole reason Boris has come back from the dead.
        And he’s the real reason why Brexit is even happening.
        A man of unwavering principle and the most successful British politician of his age.
        The Peacock Taoiseach would kill for a tenth of his popularity.

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        1. Brother Barnabas

          “a tenth of his popularity.”

          ha! according to YouGov, farage has a popularity rating of 24% – and an unpopularity rating of 56%

          yougov.co.uk/topics/politics/explore/public_figure/Nigel_Farage

          so more than twice as many brits think he’s an utter rooty tooty pants than think he’s alright

          he’s very slightly more popular than nicola sturgeon – yougov.co.uk/topics/politics/explore/public_figure/Nicola_Sturgeon – but not as many think she’s a sminky-pinky pootle-dooty poo-pie as think he is

          out of curiosity, charger, what % of the locals round your way would consider you a rooty tooty pants – and do regard that as a positive?

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          1. Charger Salmons

            He created a party that within six weeks had 115,000 registered supporters and won the biggest bloc of seats in the EU parliament.
            From scratch.
            That’s popularity.
            Opinion polls don’t win elections.

          2. Brother Barnabas

            fair enough – but they weren’t voting for farage, were they? they were voting for the proper implementation of brexit

            and my question again: what percentage of the locals round your way would regard you as a rootie-tootie-dribbling-poop-pants-stinkywink?

          3. Charger Salmons

            Farage was the figurehead.
            He drove the success of the BXP in the elections.
            You saw what happened to UKIP after he left.
            On your other point do you talk like that in real life ?
            Because I’ve checked Google Translate and there isn’t a Gombeen to English option.

          4. Brother Barnabas

            you know, charger, sometimes I think you don’t care for my feelings at all

          5. B9Com From No

            Lol answer the question old boy
            At least the one where he referred to you as a rooty tooty pants?

        2. Ian-O

          Time will render this quote utterly hilarious:

          ”A man of unwavering principle and the most successful British politician of his age.”

          By his actions after brexit will he be known and I tell you what, he won’t hang around to help the clean up, he will be off somewhere letting the little people do it.

          Personally, outside of having a normal human sympathy for people in a bad spot, part of me is undergoing massive amounts of schadenfreude in regards to the British.

          I suggest we send them over some supplies when they are running low – how about a few million tonnes of inedible potatoes and some weevil infested grain?

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          1. Charger Salmons

            Hardly likely given that Ireland is a net importer of potatoes and that the UK supplies more than half of the 72,000 tonnes this country imports every year.
            Really,you should know your spuds better than that.
            Heh, heh, heh.

          2. Brother Barnabas

            there’s no denying that certain sectors (and locations) will suffer from a no- deal brexit but there won’t be a recession here – FDI into Ireland was up 52% in 2018, most of it UK investment into Ireland

            and Dublin is now the main destination for financial services relocating from London- and watch that accelerate as we get closer to October and Boris keeps on huffing

            global economic slowdown is a bigger threat to the Irish economy than a no-deal brexit

          3. bisted

            …hard luck on your wager that Hunt would replace May as PM, Charger…maybe you could retrieve your dosh by betting which way hapless Boris will halt the brexit process…will he revoke Art50 or go begging for a further extension to the EU27…

  3. Ian-O

    It’s funny because the Tories always made out that it was going to be a Labour PM who destroyed the Union but here we are with a certified idiot now in charge.

    Between him, Varadkar and Trump, it appears one of the new criteria for ‘leadership’ in the Anglosphere is to demonstrate how far you can get your foot into your gob as often as possible.

    How many people internationally has Boris offended and generally pissed off? And no, before anyone asks, Corbyn is hardly of use himself either.

    Clowns everywhere it would appear. People used to say ”well if it looks so easy, why don’t you do it” when I complained about politics. I used to think ”nah, I wouldn’t be up for that” but when I see Leo, Trump and Boris I realize that I could do a far, far better job of pretty much anything* compared to them.

    *I’m not great on sniffing adderol or grabbing women’s genitals without their permission but besides that, most things.

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    1. Rob_G

      Seriously, how can you put Varadker in the same category as BoJo and Trump?

      Sure, you may not like his policies, but he doesn’t cause an international incident any time he opens his mouth like those other two.

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      1. Ian-O

        Scale.

        Varadkar can’t do much harm on the world stage due to his lack of influence but he still suffers foot-in-mouth disease nonetheless.

        When you are an emotionless drone who thinks poor people are an inconvenience, its hard to relate to other human beings, hence Trump, Johnson and Varadkar. Eoin Murphy is another example.

        Also, like Trump and Boris, he is willing to throw anyone under the bus to get ahead.

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        1. Charger Salmons

          Precisely.
          The Peacock Taoiseach is the virtually unknown leader of an insignificant country off the coast of mainland Europe known around the world principally for Irish jokes and drunkenness.
          His influence in world politics is confined to handing over a bowl of weeds to the US president once a year.
          He’s little more than America’s petrol pump attendant at Shannon Airport.
          That’s the trouble when you lap up the EU’s spin about your importance in the world then find yourself tossed aside like a knotted used condom.

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          1. ReproBertie

            An insignificant country that has destroyed the British conservative party and will break up the United Kingdom.

            Tá fáilte romhat.

          2. B9Com From No

            Also :

            Won the British Open
            Captained English cricket team
            Won 5*(count em) Nobel prizes for ( yes you’ve guessed it) English literature etc

            Wait til we really start getting good at things!

          1. Rob_G

            Again, you are just comparing common-or-garden gaffes from average politicians, to the two politicians whose intemperate utterances are known the world over, and are their defining characteristic.

        1. Rob_G

          The one where the Taoiseach is generally more-or-less on message when addressing an international audience. Instead of calling French people ‘turds’, or the trade envoy of a friendly nation ‘very stupid’, or their PM ‘foolish’.

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          1. Ian-O

            Trying to distill this down to international affairs won’t cut it I’m afraid.

            Leo has made some tremendous gaffes. Whether he said them to the US President, representatives of Xenu, Mer-people or about domestic matters is irrelevant.

            I compared him, Trump and Johnson for their habit of saying stupid things, not because they are similar people.

            Like suggesting Irish people do not work as hard as immigrants for a start. Idiotic thing to say.

  4. Conksi

    He doesnt get on with others, he’s entering a phenomenally partisan time in the middle of an awkward negotition, he’ll have a 2 seat majority – General Election within 9months, civil war within 12 months

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  5. Catherine costelloe

    Great for democracy. I loved my culture, small farmers loved their animals and animals loved back. Feed them as calves, sell them at the mart and the animals would “smell” their owner and come into the sale ring and directly head to the owner that nourished them.
    On a roll with wellies on Dail….. “feed the world”…. …..”profit”. “grants” .
    We can learn a lot from deaf/dumb animals.

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    1. some old quare

      By the state of the comments on this thread- I would definitely agree. A burnt out has been hiding behind a trolling persona on a day like this- says it all really.

      It’s impossible to have any semblance of a serious conversation about Brexit on this site anymore- is that the intention John?

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      1. some old quare

        And before anyone starts getting funny again- I am one of those people who have already lost their job because of Brexit- full on we can’t afford you- goodbye.

        I’m lucky- debt free, some savings and no children who financially grow no matter what- my work mates not so much and that is before this nasty poo storm even starts.

        But keep going Broadsheet- keep encouraging this ‘funny’ troll because we will all learn something or other and we can read it again down the social and learn something else or other again or other something else.

        STOP. ! .

        Now please.

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        1. some old quare

          Before people really start asking why there are full time paid commentators on a site generating just a gross 2k gross a month.

          I’m not keen platforms myself but some looked great in Dublin Pride.

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