OUR latest poll asked categorically whether Boris Johnson leading the Tory Party would be enough to switch your vote back to them. The answer was a categorical No. Only a quarter of you would be so persuaded.
Would you switch back to voting Tory from the Brexit Party if Boris became leader?
— The Conservative Woman (@TheConWom) June 7, 2019
As for the other three-quarters, Boris has got a lot of convincing to do. His task of persuading the party hierarchy and Parliamentary party to fall into line behind him – with which he seems to be having some success with his latest no-deal promise – pales in comparison with winning back voter trust, taking on the Brexit Party and, as he’s promised, putting Nigel Farage back in his box. You have only to look at the comments. Here is a range of them:
‘Boris would have to be uncompromising on Brexit . . . deliver it by October 31st or the party faces oblivion!’
‘Wouldn’t vote Tory again unless they’d already delivered Brexit with No Deal. It’s about trust, and May & Co have destroyed that.’
‘Tory party will never deliver Brexit.’
‘It would depend on when and how Brexit was delivered. He’d be my first choice as things stand now for leader. But he has to deliver a true Brexit and make the party the Conservatives again.’
‘He’ll turn into May. There is a hidden agenda in politics that is hellbent on keeping us in the EU. I think it has something to do with former EUMPs and their pensions. Call me cynical (but close to the truth).’
‘I would switch back only after Brexit has been delivered.’
‘The Tories have lost our trust. It will take a very long time and some major changes to repair the damage that May the Traitor has done to us.’
‘They put a Remainer in charge of Brexit – that says it all really. No, they are not to be trusted!’
‘I can’t vote Conservative ever again. I’ve always been a Boris fan but Treasonous Theresa has just lied and lied. All Tory MPs have been complicit in her lies. @brexitparty_uk all the way.’
The comments go on and on. The distrust is palpable. As one commentator said: ‘If this poll is in any way representative, the Tories are totally screwed.’
We’ll see. Boris Johnson has a mountain to climb, that’s for sure.