Boris Johnson’s party problems

 

Sir, – If Boris Johnson is forced to resign his position as prime minister, will he get a Downing Street farewell party? If so, they are going to need a bigger suitcase. – Yours, etc,

EAMON FARRELL,

Sandymount,

Dublin 4.

Sir, – To paraphrase Harold Macmillan when asked about the greatest challenge in politics: “Work events, dear boy, work events”. – Yours, etc,

JOSEPH WOOD,

Douglas,

Cork.

Sir, – Poor Boris. He is discovering that the rest of his party is as vacuous as himself. – Yours, etc,

EUGENE TANNAM,

Firhouse,

Dublin 24.

Sir, – Denis Staunton (“Tory grassroots pressure on Johnson all going in one direction”, Analysis, Weekend, January 17th) sums up the problems with respect to the British prime minister and the Conservative party very neatly.

But there is one side of the conversation he leaves out. It is the small body of opposition opinion that hopes Boris Johnson remains in place. Not because they like him, but because they believe the longer he stays in office, the more damage he is likely to do to the Conservatives. This matters more.

There have been changes of leadership in the past (as Denis Staunton points out), yet the Conservative party goes sailing on. Now there is one captain who can, without much effort, blow a hole in that boat and so change the course of British politics. – Yours, etc,

DAVID LYONS,

Dublin 8.