King of England Alone: ​​Boris Johnson and the Torn Land | Free press


London (AP) – Boris Johnson is bursting with confidence. His conservatives won a convincing victory in the local elections in England.

Written off months ago for his chaotic management in the Corona crisis, Johnson now feels like a strong man in London – and more than ever like the King of England. But this is where his domain ends. Johnson is actually Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, but the results of the recent general elections in Scotland and Wales make it clear that he rules a country deeply divided.

Following Julius Caesar, you could almost say, “Britannia est omnis divisa in partes tres” – Britain is divided into three parts. One of them, to stay at Caesar’s De Bello Gallico, is inhabited by the Scots. You elected a parliamentary majority on Thursday to support the independence of the rest of the Kingdom and Scotland’s return to the EU. Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has already announced plans for a new referendum will be pushed forward. The second part is inhabited by the Welsh. Unlike England, they voted in large numbers for Johnson’s biggest opponent, Labor, Prime Minister Mark Drakeford demanding more concessions from the state government.

Then the third part remains, the real kingdom of King Boris: England. The map of most of the UK part of the country is becoming more conservative than has long been the case. Huge blue Tories spots have recently appeared in the traditionally red Labor north. Johnson’s party has practically turned community and district councils in many places. The Tories have taken about 200 seats, many of them Labor. The Social Democrats have lost important parts of their homeland, including for the first time – in midterm elections – the lower house mandate for Hartlepool.

But how are these three so different parts of the country to come together again to form a United Kingdom with the special case of Northern Ireland? Johnson tries a charm offensive and immediately after the election sent letters to government leaders Sturgeon and Drakeford. The Prime Minister is enthusiastic that the “Team United Kingdom” together mastered the corona pandemic.

At a summit – some also say: crisis summit – Johnson wants to talk to each other about the way out of the crisis. “We all have our own perspectives and ideas – and we won’t always agree – but I believe that by learning from each other for the sake of the people we serve, we can move the country forward together,” said the Write. These are modest words that don’t fit the general attitude of the shirt-sleeved populist. Skepticism is correspondingly high. “Make it spit, just show respect,” said Edinburgh Prime Minister Sturgeon.

Her Welsh colleague Drakeford was a bit more reserved. “Now is the time to restart some relationships within the UK,” he said, calling for a “really serious look at how” all four countries can work together for a prosperous future.

Above all, it is the lack of respect that the Prime Minister’s opponent repeatedly denounces. Johnson’s conservative government took a deeply England-centered approach. Their policy is directed against English, anti-European nationalists and ignores the other parts of the country, the allegation says. In Scotland and Wales, critics complain that the Tories have not won elections there for decades. Nevertheless, London commands parts of the country what to do. In Scotland, “Westminster”, the London borough of the British Parliament, has already become a derogatory battle term. ‘Those in Westminster’ would always forget the Scots and criticize pro-independence lawyers – with success.

Boris Johnson faces a difficult task, especially as Scottish independence observers expect a chain reaction in other parts of the country. Then everything can slip away from the prime minister. Or, as the English poet Shakespeare once put it in “Macbeth”, his great tragedy about a Scottish king: “Nothing is gained, everything is there, we reach our goal with an unsatisfied mind.”