Boris Johnson victory at subsequent election can be ‘disaster’ for Conservatives and Britain, says former birthday celebration chair

Victory for Boris Johnson on the subsequent common election can be a “disaster” for the Conservative Party and Britain and would hasten the break-up of the United Kingdom, former Tory chairman Chris Patten has stated.

Lord Patten stated that beneath Johnson, the birthday celebration used to be not Conservative however English Nationalist and stated he want to see a coalition centre-ground executive after the following election.

He blasted the Johnson management for “seediness and mendacity” and stated that tradition secretary Nadine Dorries’ attacks at the BBC made him wish to “throw up”.

And he instructed LBC radio that the top minister used to be “giving in to the mob” over Northern Ireland along with his threats to rip up the post-Brexit settlement he struck with the EU in 2019.

Lord Patten, who chaired the Tories from 1990-92 and used to be chair of the BBC from 2011-14, stated that Mr Johnson used to be main a central authority that used to be each “populist and unpopular” and whose insurance policies had been pushed via the concern of conserving the top minister in place of work.

“There are still some people, I think, who are Conservatives, but I don’t think it’s a Conservative government,” he instructed interviewer Andrew Marr.

“I think it’s an English nationalist government and … it’s unfortunately both populist and unpopular, which is a terrible combination.

“Every move is determined, as far as the Prime Minister is concerned, by whether it’s appealing to his right wing to keep him in office. That’s part of the reason for, I think, the general sense of seediness and mendacity about the government.”

He issued a caution to the birthday celebration of the risks of conserving Johnson in submit to battle the election anticipated in 2024.

“For me, the Conservatives, unless they change very radically, winning the next election would be a disaster for them and for the rest of us,” stated Lord Patten. “Because I don’t think we have a Conservative government at the moment. I think, as I’ve said, we have a English Nationalist government with all the consequences – and one that you can’t trust.”

A 2d time period for Johnson would “hasten the break-up of the Union”, making it much more likely that Scotland and Northern Ireland would go away the United Kingdom, he stated.

“You want to break up the Union, you send Boris Johnson up to Scotland,” stated Lord Patten.

Instead, he stated he would like to peer “a coalition which hold the Union together” led via “a decent, competent, generous, spirited, sensible political force in the middle – which nobody is, at present, providing”.

He accused Mr Johnson of “playing fast and loose” with the Good Friday Agreement via threatening to override the Northern Ireland Protocol which he negotiated and agreed with the EU not up to 3 years in the past.

Lord Patten, who performed crucial function within the peace procedure as head of the Independent Commission on Policing in Northern Ireland, stated that Mr Johnson’s confrontational stance at the protocol used to be pushed via the will to curry favour with the DUP and Tory right-wingers, relatively than the nationwide hobby, and had sacrificed the United Kingdom’s hopes of profitable the believe of Brussels.

“To play to the hardcore in the DUP really is dangerous,” he stated. “You’re actually giving into to the mob in a really significant and unattractive way.

“If they trusted us more, the EU would be prepared to go even further, I think, in negotiating reasonable terms. I think they’re prepared to do that to a considerable extent anyway, whether or not they trust us, but the fact that they don’t trust us makes it all the more difficult.

“Why should we expect them to trust this government when we don’t trust this government?”

Lord Patten, who campaigned for Remain within the 2016 EU referendum, stated he anticipated the United Kingdom “one day” to go back to the one marketplace.

“It cannot make sense to lock yourself out of your closest and most significant market,” he stated. “And that’s unfortunately, what we’ve done.”

He used to be scathing concerning the executive’s threats to the way forward for the BBC licence rate, pronouncing that folks world wide would assume the United Kingdom had “lost our marbles” if it undermined the company’s talent to ship relied on and balanced broadcasting on this approach.

“The words ‘Nadine Dorries’ and ‘culture’ should not appear in the same sentence,” stated Lord Patten.

“It’s an appalling idea that this minister should be threatening the BBC and that others should be going along with it, trying to box the BBC into giving special favours in the way the news is treated, to the government.

“We should have nothing to do with it, and we should make a real fuss about it.

“It is the sort of issue which would make even old-fashioned Tories like me want to throw up and see the end of this government – because it would be really bad for Britain and our identity and our integrity as democratic, as a democracy.”

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