What future for Boris Johnson? Books, chronicles, speeches, a return?
First, Johnson needs the money to live the lavish life he now leads, surrounded by the best of the best. The best antiques, paintings, wines and sausages. He will want a lot. So there could be newspaper columns, more books, speaking engagements.
Before becoming prime minister, Johnson was Britain’s highest-paid newspaper columnist. So he has that to fall back on, if he can get it.
But because Johnson is leaving in pseudo-disgrace, deemed unworthy to be led by his own party because of the scandals and all the lies he has told, his path forward is tricky.
His biographers, including haters, foes and friends, say Johnson isn’t very good with money and always complains about being broke.
This weekend, Johnson, his wife and children are at Checkers, a 1,500-acre 16th-century mansion, a ‘grace and favour’ country house for senior officials with 10 bedrooms, a chef and a large staff .
Johnson loves ladies. It’s his happy place. He wanted to hold his official wedding party with Carrie there in July, until he withdrew the idea after a storm of criticism.
After leaving office? It’s unclear where the Johnsons – he 58, she 34 – will live. His apartment in London? Where neighbors stopped the couple at the police for having a wine-fuelled argument, with Carrie yelling “let me go” and “you don’t care, because you’re spoiled”? Not likely.
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Johnson has two ex-wives and seven children. With his new wife, Carrie, he has a baby and a toddler. The Prime Minister, son of a diplomat, went to Eton College and Oxford University. It is an expensive education.
“So he thrives on being the center of attention, and he’ll be yesterday’s man once he leaves office,” said Cambridge University legal scholar Catherine Barnard. “He can play husband of the house, he can write columns for the Daily Telegraph and get paid large sums of money for it, larger sums for company business, but I suspect he’ll bored a lot.”
Many assume that Johnson will eventually return to his old job as a journalist. Writing a weekly note for the Daily Telegraph was lucrative, $330,000 a year, which other hacks calculated to earn him over $2,750 an hour. In one of his last columns there, in 2018, Johnson wrote that women in burkas look like “bank robbers”.
He also owes a publisher a biography on William Shakespeare, which he did not complete. He completed a biography of his idol, Winston Churchill, which some critics called a worthless retread, lacking in insight, scholarship or new material, but which the Financial Times reviewer called “crisp, punchy, full the kind of short wham-bam sentences that move the reader down the page.
Most believe he will also join the after-dinner speaker circuit, where it is believed he could easily command $100,000 or more for a speech. “He will continue to happen,” said Andrew Gimson, author of the biography titled “Boris.”
“He will write books, do journalism, give speeches. Unlike some famous speakers, he can be counted on to deliver a fun speech. And he can now deliver a speech as someone who entertained at the G-7 in Cornwall and knows Biden and knows Zelensky.
Gimson said Johnson will also plot to return to what the Prime Minister called in his resignation speech “the best job in the world”. In that speech Thursday, stepping down as leader of the Conservative Party, Johnson did not apologize.
Instead, he blamed his own party for his downfall, likening his fellow lawmakers to runaway animals. “As we saw at Westminster” when “the herd moves, it moves. And my friends, in politics, no one is remotely indispensable,” Johnson said.
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Gimson said Johnson would try to become prime minister again. “I don’t see any signs that he’s given up on politics. In his resignation speech he said, ‘I’ll give the leader all the support I can.’ Well, maybe that’s not a lot of support at all. Gimson said Johnson “is a very competitive person, who will keep himself in the public eye. He will earn incredible sums. He will always be a big figure, firing on all cylinders.
Tom Bower, author of “Boris Johnson, The Gambler,” predicted that Johnson could get over $3 million for his memoir, if they’re juicy. “The question is how frank it will be. David Cameron got a million for a book that was boring,” Bower said, adding that former Prime Minister Tony Blair wrote a memoir that “was more revealing, and it got bigger sales. Yet that is the question. Is he ready to tell the truth about his marriages? His attitude towards others? Is he ready to settle his grudges? He’s a good writer, but if he’s ready to make headlines, that’s what matters.
Bower said Johnson hoped to return to the nation’s highest office. “He believes, in the long term, that there is a realistic chance of a political comeback, that in the end there will be a Churchillian appeal to him as the one man who can save the party,” he said. -he declares. “It all depends on how he behaves from now on. I thought his resignation speech was not only provocative but he admitted no mistakes and he was stabbed in the back and he would come back. I think that’s the way to interpret it,” Bower said.
One day soon, Johnson will officially tender his resignation as British Prime Minister. He will deliver a final speech outside 10 Downing Street. He will meet Queen Elizabeth II and announce his departure. Removal vans will stop at the prime minister’s residence and take away his belongings, but possibly not the wallpaper, which would have cost $1,100 a roll.
If Johnson wants to rise to the top, he will have to be a Member of Parliament, so he can opt to keep his seat in the House of Commons and sit on the benches, representing Uxbridge and South Ruislip, a west London suburb. .
Other British prime ministers have made a comeback, including Churchill, who served from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. More recently, Harold Wilson, a Labor Party politician, served as prime minister from 1964 to 1970 , then returned for a second stint from 1974 to 1976.
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While some of Johnson’s predecessors have retained that post in Parliament, others have retired from politics altogether. Former Prime Minister Theresa May continued to sit in the House of Commons and serve her constituents, with whom she remains a popular figure. She largely let the administration do its job but delivered a lined with blisters or two.
His predecessor, David Cameron, left politics almost immediately. He has held a number of positions including Chair of Alzheimer’s Research UK. Cameron wrote a book called “For the Record”, for $960,000. He has also held advisory positions for a number of firms, including Greensill Capital, where his lobbying has been decried as “shady” by the opposition. A parliamentary report concluded that his actions were not criminal but displayed “a significant lack of judgment”.
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown worked for the United Nations in global education and campaigns to end child poverty. Blair also created his own non-profit organization, the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, and became the Middle East envoy for the Quartet, a grouping of the United Nations, United States, European Union and Russia. But he also continued lucrative work in the private sector, creating what critics saw as a conflict of interest. Still, Johnson might want to continue supporting Ukraine one way or another.
Former Prime Minister John Major remained an MP for four years before taking on various roles in business and the sport of cricket. In other words, there seems to be no conventional path for a former prime minister. But Johnson is not a conventional politician.
Adam Taylor in Washington contributed to this report.