Let’s be clear here, the SNP can call on Boris Johnson to go all they want Boris Johnson will only be gone if the Tory Party decide he is a liability and until they decide that he is as safe as they come. The simple fact is his approval ratings are 46% for 46% against but the key is a slight majority in England believe he makes a better Prime Minister than Keir Starmer would so it really doesn’t matter what voters in Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland think does it so screaming he should go adds no pressure what so ever to him.
Johnson can be bathing in sleaze it just makes no difference, the Conservative and Unionist Party drink sleaze for breakfast and the other parties have enough baggage around their own necks that they need to be careful in case the Tory press decide to turn on them, think about that for a second if you support the SNP. If the Tory media suddenly decided that the missing referendum money was worth a look at, if Nicola Sturgeon’s performance before the harassment enquiry was worth a look at, if they decided the fixed selection process was worth looking at, those who were successful in topping their list and how they got where they are was worth looking at. If they decided let’s have a real look at Scotland and the Scottish Government, that press that Sturgeon gave millions to, that press that give the SNP an easy time could put as much pressure on Sturgeon as they like as soon as they decide she is an actual threat to the union the same as once Johnson becomes a threat to the Tory Party he will be gone, end of. Imagine if the BBC / STV etc decided to treat an interview with Nicola Sturgeon the way they treat an interview with Alex Salmond, how well do you think she would do, not as well as Salmond does that is for sure.
If Johnson gets through the next couple of weeks then he will go when the Tory Party decide he has to, as long as he is useful he is fine I suspect given past history. There is no General Election on the horizon, Labour are a mess, the rest are insignificant and there is no one in the Tory Wings waiting to step into the mess the UK is in any time soon. Paul Goodman wrote today that,
We are nowhere near a leadership challenge, most Conservative MPs are reassured by the polls, and until or unless these change, or next month’s local election results are unexpectedly poor, they will take most of the current allegations with a pinch of salt.
Furthermore, they don’t rate Keir Starmer, as a rule; believe that Labour is still alienated from much of its core constituency – and are feel a morale-boosting effect from Britain’s vaccine success.
If I were the SNP I would shut it and keep my head down, there is enough sleaze in the SNP according to some that should the media decide, no matter what the Courts have said, that this is now the story then certain people will have no where to hide.