Martin Fletcher, a New Statesman contributing writer and a former foreign editor of the Times, on why “installing such a charlatan as prime minister” would forfeit any right the Conservatives have to be taken seriously.
Johnson’s record in office and his character
Sonia Purnell, the author of Just Boris: a Tale of Blond Ambition, on why Johnson’s “active pursuit of chaos” could have deadly consequences if he reaches Downing Street.
Johnson and Conservative MPs
Simon Heffer, a Daily and Sunday Telegraph columnist, on why Conservative MPs are prepared to believe that Johnson can dupe the public as effectively as he has duped them.
Johnson as foreign secretary
Martin Fletcher’s long profile from 2017 on how Johnson continually undermined Britain’s interests by “going around the world giving needless offence”.
Johnson as London mayor
Dave Hill explains why Johnson’s London mayoral record is nothing to boast about and why he’d find national leadership far harder.
Johnson as comedian
Have I Got News For You writer Dave Cohen on how he saw Johnson learn to joke his way out of trouble.
Johnson as journalist
Jasper Jackson, the New Statesman’s digital editor, evaluates Johnson’s “ignominious career” as a journalist and how he has thrived in spite of this.
Johnson and the Muslim community
Anoosh Chakelian, the New Statesman’s senior writer, speaks to Muslim women about the surge in hate crime they have endured since Johnson compared them to “letter boxes” and “bank robbers”.
Johnson and Northern Ireland
Patrick Maguire, the New Statesman’s political correspondent, writes that Johnson’s lack of firm principle suggests an accommodation with the EU could be more likely than it looks.
Johnson’s insults and gaffes
We collate 18 of Johnson’s most egregious and distasteful remarks.
Johnson and accountability
So prevalent are the lies and the embarrassments and the screw-ups that, somehow, nothing seems to stick, writes New Statesman assistant editor Jonn Elledge.
Grace Blakeley on why Johnson’s own words show that he would further enrich and empower the wealthy as prime minister.
Johnson and the Johnsonites — his closest political allies
Patrick Maguire on the Tory allies who have sustained Johnson through his travails — and his politically fragile electoral coalition.
Johnson and his grassroots supporters
Tim Bale, professor of politics at Queen Mary University of London, analyses new polling showing that Conservative members who support Johnson are even more ideologically unrepresentative than others.
In a 2011 review of Sonia Purnell’s biography, former New Statesman political editor Rafael Behr presciently noted of Johnson: “He thinks he is destined for greatness and no doubt imagines himself equal to the biggest job in politics.”
Johnson and unelected prime ministers
Johnson has pledged not to seek an early general election if elected Conservative leader. But in 2007 he demanded that new prime minister Gordon Brown immediately hold one.