Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson is now UK’s new Prime Minister. After months of Brexit drama and with the resignation of Theresa May, the election of Johnson seems to inevitable.
Rising from a journalist to a politician, Johnson’s career is marked with controversies and has a reputation for distortions and mistruths. Johnson rose to prominence when he became mayor of London from 2008-2016. Johnson also served in Theresa May’s government as Foreign Minister. Known as a staunch Brexiteer, Johnson already made high promises in his first speech as PM to leave the European Union on October 31st no matter what the cost.
First speeches usually set the tone for what we can expect. Here’s what Boris has to say on his first speech as UK’s Prime Minister.
“I want to begin by thanking my opponent, Jeremy, by common consent an absolutely formidable campaigner and a great leader and a great politician.
“Jeremy, in the course of 20 hustings, more, 20 hustings or hustings-style events, it was more than 3,000 miles by the way, it was about 7,000 miles that we did criss-crossing the country, you’ve been friendly, you’ve been good natured, you’ve been a font of excellent ideas, all of which I intend to steal forthwith.
“And above all I want to thank our outgoing leader, Theresa May for her extraordinary service to this party and to this country.
“It was a privilege.
“It was a privilege to serve in her Cabinet and to see the passion and determination that she brought to the many causes that are her legacy – from equal pay for men and women, to tackling the problems of mental health and racial discrimination in the criminal justice system.
“Thank you, Theresa. Thank you.
“And I want to thank all of you. All of you here today and obviously I want (to thank) everybody in the Conservative Party for your hard work, for your campaigning, for your public spirit and obviously for the extraordinary honour and privilege you have just conferred on me.
“And I know that there will be people around the place who will question the wisdom of your decision.
“And there may even be some people here who still wonder quite what they have done.
“I would just point out to you of course nobody, no one party, no one person has a monopoly of wisdom.
“But if you look at the history of the last 200 years of this party’s existence you will see that it is we Conservatives who have had the best insights, I think, into human nature.
“And the best insights into how to manage the jostling sets of instincts in the human heart. And time and again it is to us that the people of this country have turned to get that balance right.
“Between the instincts to own your own house, your own home, to earn and spend your own money, to look after your own family. Good instincts, proper instincts, noble instincts.
“And the equally noble instinct to share. And to give everyone a fair chance in life. And to look after the poorest and the neediest and to build a great society.
“And on the whole in the last 200 years, it is we Conservatives who have understood best how to encourage those instincts to work together in harmony to promote the good of the whole country.
“And today at this pivotal moment in our history we again have to reconcile two sets of instincts, two noble sets of instincts. Between the deep desire of friendship and free trade and mutual support in security and defence between Britain and our European partners.
“And the simultaneous desire, equally deep and heartfelt, for democratic self-government in this country. And of course, there are some people who say that they’re irreconcilable and it just can’t be done.
“And indeed I read in my Financial Times this morning, devoted reader that I am – seriously, it is a great, great, great British brand.
“I read in my Financial Times this morning that there is no incoming leader, no incoming leader has ever faced such a set of daunting circumstances, it said.
“Well I look at you this morning and I ask myself, do you look daunted? Do you feel daunted? I don’t think you look remotely daunted to me.
“And I think that we know we can do it and that the people of this country are trusting in us to do it and we know that we will do it.
“And we know the mantra of the campaign that has just gone by, in case you have forgotten it and you probably have, it is deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn – and that is what we are going to do.
“We are all going to defeat Jeremy Corbyn.
“I know that some wag has already pointed out that deliver, unite and defeat was not the perfect acronym for an election campaign, since unfortunately it spells dud – but they forgot the final ‘e’ my friends, ‘e’ for energise.
“And I say to all the doubters, dude, we are going to energise the country.
“We are going to get Brexit done on October 31.
“We are going to take advantage of all the opportunities that it will bring in a new spirit of can-do.
“And we are once again going to believe in ourselves and what we can achieve.
“And like some slumbering giant, we are going to rise and ping off the guy ropes of self-doubt and negativity, with better education, better infrastructure, more police, fantastic full-fibre broadband sprouting in every household – we are going to unite this amazing country and we are going to take it forward.
“I thank you all very much for the incredible honour that you have just done me.
“I will work flat out from now on with my team that I will build, I hope in the next few days, to repay your confidence, but in the meantime the campaign is over and the work begins.
“Thank you all very much.”
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