The Telegraph: UK needs "a dose of Johnsonian positivity"

Published by Ross Hindle on April 25th 2020, 8:02pm

In an article from columnist and cinematographer Benedict Spence, The Telegraph said the prime minister's "absence at the top of government left a void that needs to be filled".

Spence compared Mr Johnson to leaders such as SIlvio Berlusconi and George Bush, saying that it was "character" that made people "notice their absence... not the positive or negative aspects, merely the scale".

He then went on to discuss how the PM's "hiatus" -- his recovery time in Chequers -- had come at a "pivotal juncture in his premiership". 

"As awful a situation as it was," Spence said, "His spell in hospital was the sort of government health warning no strategist can dream up, and no amount of money can buy."

The article rued his absence, however, and consequently Dominic Raab's de facto control of the government in the interim. "With Johnson at the helm, there was someone steering the ship," Spence said. "Without him, control has gone."

Spence concluded by saying that he had "no idea" what the PM's legacy would be, and that the "odds are not favourable". But in spite of the writer's "dislike [for] much of the fawning over him that many are guilty of", he believes that Mr Johnson has "at least demonstrated how much more potent he is as a leader than his detractors give him credit for".

You can read the full article, entitled "Embittered Britain badly needs a dose of Johnsonian positivity", here.

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