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Boris Johnson becomes British Prime Minister after electoral victory



Michael Barbaro

I am Michael Barbaro of the New York Times. This is "The Daily". After British Prime Minister Theresa May tried and failed to enforce Brexit, she will resign this week. Today: The story of how the man expected to follow her has led to Brexit and how Brexit is making him Prime Minister. It's Monday, the 22nd of July.

Archived Image (theresa may)

I will soon give up the profession I held as the honor of my life. I do this without bad will, but with great and lasting gratitude, having had the opportunity to serve the country that I love.

Michael Barbaro

Sarah, tell me what happened after that moment, when Theresa May announces that she steps back.

sarah lyall

Well, it triggered an immediate furious dispute over who would replace them. And according to the party rules, the next party leader is elected only by members of the Conservative Party. And they will pick the next party chairman and thus the next British Prime Minister.

Michael Barbaro

And who is expected at this point?

sarah lyall

Point, it's a mess for Boris Johnson. Unless something strange happens, he'll be the next prime minister.

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[MUSIC]

Michael Barbaro

And Sarah, who is Boris Johnson?

Archived recording

That's he, the conservative MP for Henley. He is editor of The Spectator. And he seems to be 92 times better than me when it comes to testing breaking news. Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, Boris Johnson. [CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

Sarah Lyall

He is a prominent politician.

archived recording (boris johnson)

This is a totally ecumenical bipartisan enterprise, my friends. This is a unique opportunity.

sarah lyall

And he is exceptionally visible in what he looks like. He has a massive shock of bright white hair.

Archived image

And how long have you cut your hair? [LAUGHTER]

Archived recording (Boris Johnson)

I think that was a low blow.

Sarah Lyall

He is incredibly articulate.

Archived recording (Boris Johnson)

Do you want to say that? You do not have the courage to ask me questions? Great protoplasmic jellies for invertebrates in supine position.

sarah lyall

He is incredibly funny. He is incredibly charming.

Archived image

Did you snort cocaine? [LAUGHTER]

Archived recording (Boris Johnson)

I tried.

Archived image

You tried to snort cocaine?

Archived recording (Boris Johnson)

Unsuccessful, a long time ago. [LAUGHTER]

Archived recording

Sir, what do you think?

Archived recording (boris johnson)

I sneezed.

Archived Recording

What was unsuccessful?

archived recording (boris johnson)

I sneezed. [LAUGHTER]

sarah lyall

He is also unbelievable – what the British would call schambolic. He does not come to places punctually. He is disorganized. He is poorly prepared. He can not remember which meeting he is at and what he should do.

Archive recording (Boris Johnson)

We have a fantastic guy named – oh, he's brilliant. It's either – he's a great man – Sterling, Gurling, something like that. What's his name? Come on, what is it again? Tell me the name. Come on.

Archived recording

You should get it. No, seriously, it's not my job, –

Archive recording (boris johnson)

Stop sitting there like a big, fat Buddha and tell me the name of this man.

Michael Barbaro

Sarah, when I think of the British Government, and when I think of the Prime Minister, I think of a certain amount of clogged formality and sobriety. How does this person describe you, how will this person be the first in line who becomes prime minister?

sarah lyall

There are two ways to really look at him. He is all these things. He stumbles. He is Shambolic. At the same time, many of his steps were fairly calculated throughout his career. It has often been put into service to either gain attention or gain power. So he started as a journalist, for example.

Michael Barbaro

What was his reputation as a journalist?

sarah lyall

Well, very entertaining. He is really funny and inaccurate. And he would write articles about the European Union, in which he exaggerates the European Union as this terrible bureaucracy and, as it were, invigorates and tries to take away things from the citizens. It was such a stuff that made no sense. It was like the E.U. Regulate condoms and make them all one.

sarah lyall

And it would ban shrimp-flavored potato chips.

Michael Barbaro

And it was not really going on either.

sarah lyall

No, it would not do both. And the other journalists who reported the same things were yelled at by their editors, who said, why do not you treat the same thing that Boris is? And he set the tone for coverage of the European Union. It was just wrong. And when he was asked about it, he said that it does not matter what the facts are that set you up for this thesis. The thesis is correct.

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[MUSIC]

sarah lyall

And he once talked about it. He participated in a program titled "Desert Island Discs," a BBC program in which you talk about your favorite music.

Archived Recording

My castaway this week is a politician and a journalist tending to scramble. a word that suits his rather wodehousian image.

sarah lyall

And he talked about his coverage. And he said –

archived recording (boris johnson)

Everything I wrote from Brussels was kinda – I just threw these stones over the garden wall and there was an amazing crash from the greenhouse next door over there England. Everything I wrote from Brussels had this amazing, explosive effect on the Tory party. And it really gave me that, I suppose, rather strange feeling of power.

Archived recording

But that made your reputation as a journalist, right?

sarah lyall

It began to inform the attitude of the Tory party towards Europe. And so he was greeted by them as someone who for the first time really spoke the truth about Europe.

Michael Barbaro

So he found an audience among British Conservatives?

Michael Barbaro

And was he himself? actually a conservative?

sarah lyall

Yes, he was always a conservative. But in the Conservative party there are different types. And at least in the beginning it seemed to be his greatest motivation to get into parliament and build a basis for more power in this way. But at that time, it was somehow unclear what his beliefs were. And as he said in an interview at the time, when asked what he would resign, he said that if there was a principle that was so important to him, "I'm a bit of an optimist, so that's not true for me The idea does not come to resign. I tend to think about a way to put everything together and quietly find a way if I can. "In other words, he would, so to speak, do what is needed to get paper over the edges, to penetrate it, stay in office.

michael barbaro

This is another way of saying when it comes to his beliefs that they are malleable.

sarah lyall

Yes. And this becomes clear again when he is running for mayor in 2008, because he then reworked himself. He positions himself as a liberal, urban man of multicultural London. He's business savvy, but he's immigrant-friendly.

Archive Recording (boris johnson)

Unfortunately, if you've been here for more than 10 to 12 years, the authorities will not have a chance to really pursue you. They give up.

Archived image

So should we have this amnesty?

Archived Recording (boris johnson)

Well, why not be honest, what's going on?

Archived Image [19659002] So, do you have this amnesty?

Archive recording (Boris Johnson)

Yes, absolutely.

Sarah Lyall

As if he were a really old-fashioned conservative who went to Oxford, he speaks in a really classy tone accent that does not fare well with ordinary people. And normal people love him. He would go through the streets of London and people would scream, hey, Boris. Women found him really attractive.

Archive recording

Boris says what he means and he delivers.

sarah lyall

Only something about him has made him a really good candidate. Then he is elected mayor, which was actually an amazing achievement. A conservative would never be elected in London, and it was based solely on personal popularity.

Archive recording (boris johnson)

I do not believe this election shows that London has turned overnight into a conservative city.

sarah lyall

And then he continued with these funny statements. And he also showed the world a kind of physical comedy.

Archive recording

He has plunged into quite deep water today.

sarah lyall

So once he was on the Thames and fell into the river.

Archived Recording (Speaker 1)

Oh, then really bad.

Archived Recording (Speaker 2)

And that's the best piece. This is the best piece here. She pulls the volunteer down with her.

sarah lyall

And then, what many people saw was that during the 2012 Olympics he was trying to promote Britain or London or something, and he went down that zip wire. And he was stuck in a zipper and had that kind of wedgie. And he was stuck in the middle.

Archived Recording (Speaker 1)

Hey, Boris, you're going in the wrong direction.

Archived recording (Speaker 2)

This way.

Archived recording (Speaker 1)

Boris, so.

sarah lyall

He looked so ridiculous. Look at his little blue hat. He wears the worst outfit. Oops, it just stopped. And he dangles.

Archive recording (Boris Johnson)

Things are going well. It is very, very well organized. What they do – bring me a ladder.

Michael Barbaro

He's really hammering it.

Michael Barbaro

And the crowd below him seems somehow enchanted.

sarah lyall

Look at them all as they photograph and laugh at him. He makes people feel good. He really does.

Archived recording (Boris Johnson)

Can you get me a rope? [LAUGHTER] Get me a rope, O.K.?[19659005[sarahlyall

Every other politician who would have been the end would be so photographed. But he has made it a plus. He turned it into a virtue and people thought it was funny. And they found him cuddly and sweet. As mayor he had so much power for the first time and was a fantastic figurehead. He was a fantastic frontman.

Archive recording (boris johnson)

After all, you brought home a great truth about our country: if we recall it, there is absolutely nothing that this country can not achieve.

sarah lyall

He was not an individual. He was late. He was badly prepared. He would not read anything. He did not know anything about the guidelines. Fortunately, the mayor of London is not such an important job. He does not have much responsibility, so he could not really mess it up. But he was not a big mayor.

Michael Barbaro

Boris Johnson was thus a constant source of entertainment and controversy.

sarah lyall

Boris is constantly in trouble and is constantly finding a way out through charm and excitement and the ability to talk himself out of any situation.

Michael Barbaro

And from what difficulties does he turn out?

Sarah Lyall

Well, there was a lot of trouble with women. He fathered a child with someone other than his wife when he was mayor of London, and he never really had to discuss it publicly. When he was editor of The Spectator, he had an affair with one of his pregnant co-workers who wrote about it. He initially denied that he had had the affair. He lied to the journalists who asked. He lied to the prime minister. He was released from his job. And somehow he did it. And it gradually became clear that his ruffled, awkward person was calculated. And people said – and I've seen it too – before he's on TV, he's going to run his hands through his hair to make it look messier, as if he could not bother to ever brush it. He wants to look like this. And someone recently recounted this amazing story of how Boris came to some kind of town hall meeting or industry group meeting, and arrived five minutes late, just before he should speak. And somehow he got up and looked and said, where do I speak, which group is that and told these anecdotes and how he has snowed the crowd totally. The crowd thought it was funny. They loved him. And the guy was really happy he made it. Until he saw that a few months later Boris did exactly the same in a completely different group, exactly the same. He was too late. He said, where am I? He told the same anecdotes as if it had just fallen on his head.

Michael Barbaro

And indeed it was a routine.

sarah lyall

It was a routine. It was a comedic routine that was supposed to promote that view of him as that disheveled, stubborn person who could somehow make it out at the last minute. He wants to look like this.

michael barbaro

So much of it is an act. It's a kind of political theater.

Sarah Lyall

Exactly. And all that time, when people asked him, was he going to become prime minister, what would he do next? He always mitigated it with a kind of act.

Archive recording

Is there a way to become prime minister?

Archive recording (boris johnson)

I think that's it's disappearing. I have about as many chances of being born again as an olive. [LAUGHTER]

sarah lyall

In the meantime, however, he quietly consolidates his popularity and prepares in his mind a possibility to challenge Prime Minister David Cameron. He is far more popular than David Cameron, though he is only a M.P. At this point. And the question is, how would he get there? What would he do? And finally, he sees 2016 as an opportunity.

Michael Barbaro

And what is this opportunity?

sarah lyall

The chance is Brexit.

Michael Barbaro

We will be back soon. So Sarah, pick us up where we left off. It's 2016 and you said Boris Johnson sees his chance to become Prime Minister. What happens at this moment?

Archived Image (David Cameron)

We are about to make one of the biggest decisions in our lives, whether we stay or leave in a reformed European Union.

Sarah lyall

At that time, Prime Minister David Cameron called the referendum known as Brexit on Britain's exit from the European Union.

Archive recording (David Cameron)

The choice lies at the heart of the kind of land we want to be and the future we want for our children.

sarah lyall

he and his government were pro-remain.

archived recording (david cameron)

my recommendation is clear. I believe that Britain will be safer, stronger and better off in a reformed European Union.

sarah lyall

And everyone assumed that the country was the same. And he assumes that all his conservative party allies will join him –

Michael Barbaro

Including Johnson.

Sarah Lyall

– Including Johnson to stay in the election campaign. Johnson was one of the people who should support him. And last minute –

archived recording (boris johnson)

We actually have the chance to do something. I actually have a chance to do something.

sarah lyall

Boris became head of the Leave campaign.

Archive Footage (boris johnson)

I would like to see a new relationship based on more trade, collaboration, but as I said, with much less of this supranational element. That's where I come from.

Archived recording

Boris, if you've been thinking about this all the time, why did you keep your party waiting?

Archived photograph (boris) johnson)

The truth is that it was excruciatingly difficult.

michael barbaro

Is it clear at this moment whether Boris Johnson really wants to leave the EU?

sarah lyall

Well, on the day he announced this, he wrote a famous editorial in which he said we should leave the EU Britain should have the E.U. It later turned out that he had said exactly the opposite in an opposing editorial. Only at the last minute he decided to run with the version "We should go".

Michael Barbaro

conjecture that the depth of his conviction here could have been small.

sarah lyall

It suggested that his conviction was not profound at all, that it was just political calculation and pragmatism. What would be better for Boris?

Michael Barbaro

Better for Boris how?

sarah lyall

Better for Boris because he wanted power. And what he thought, what would happen, what everyone thought, was the following – that Brexit would be denied that they would stay in the European Union, but that David Cameron would be so weakened by the whole process that he would have Resigning Prime Minister and leaving Boris in place to take over. And then Boris would lead the country, not through Brexit – because Brexit would have been rejected – but would have softened the right wing of the party, consolidating its power better than Cameron ever could.

Michael Barbaro

] This whole attempt to support David Cameron at the last minute on Brexit is based on his belief that Brexit would not actually take place until then.

Archived image

Here we are. This is now statistical, mathematically speaking, that the Leave campaign has won. And we expect at the end of the count 52 percent for vacation, 48 percent for whereabouts. An extraordinary moment.

sarah lyall

Everyone was shocked. And if you see, there was a marvelous moment in which Boris Johnson came out –

archived recording (boris johnson)

Today I think, we all politicians –

sarah lyall

– the head of this campaign –

archived recording (boris johnson)

– should thank the british people –

sarah lyall

– to give a press conference –

archived recording (boris johnson)

– because in In a way, they did our job for us.

sarah lyall

– basically to reassure the country that he is in control and knows what he is doing.

Archived recording (boris johnson)

You hire us to answer the difficult questions. And this year, we asked them one of the biggest and toughest questions of all.

sarah lyall

And he looks so scared.

Archive recording (boris johnson)

I think the British have spoken up for democracy.

sarah lyall

He looks like a deer in the spotlight. He has no plan. It becomes clear that he has no plan.

^ Archived Recording (boris johnson)

Last but not least, thank you all to Vote Leave for the exceptional and positive campaign you have carried out. Thank you.

Michael Barbaro

What happens then?

Archive Recording (David Cameron)

It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve our country as prime minister for the past six years. [19659005] sarah lyall

Then announces David Cameron. And they have a power vacuum. Who will be the next Prime Minister? And at the time, it looked like Boris was a mess. He would definitely get it. He had been the head of the Absence Campaign. He was the most popular politician in the country.

Michael Barbaro

And he always wanted to.

sarah lyall

Yes, everyone knew who he was. It's what he always wanted. And he had a colleague, Michael Gove, who also betrayed Cameron and helped him, helped Boris with the anti-Europe campaign. And the idea was that Boris would be Prime Minister and Michael Gove would be like a Chancellor of the Exchequer or some other really good job. And they had everything planned. And at that point, there were really no other legitimate candidates. So it was like a Friday, I think. And I think there were six days to find that out or about a week to find out. And they do campaigns and everyone likes, what will they do? You have to set up a plan. Boris writes this editorial for The Telegraph, which allegedly sets out his political plan. There is no real plan. It's all messy. It's all funny. Everyone is afraid. And then, the day before Boris is to officially announce that he proposes his name to the Prime Minister –

archived recording (Michael Gove)

I thought it right after the British people's decision last week –

Sarah Lyall

– Michael Gove, his great friend and ally during the entire campaign –

Archive recording (Michael Gove)

And I hoped that Boris Johnson would be someone who could make sure the government followed the instructions of the British people, forming and uniting a team to lead this country forward.

sarah lyall

– calls a press conference and says –

archived recording (michael gove)

And Boris is an amazing and impressive person. But in recent days, I've found out that Boris is unable to build this team and create that unity.

sarah lyall

He does not trust Boris. He thinks Boris is a bad prime minister.

Michael Barbaro

Good Lord.

Sarah Lyall

He withdraws his support. Yes. And so –

^ Filed recording (Boris Johnson)

Well, I have to tell you –

Sarah Lyall

Anyone who thought Boris was going to be prime minister now says he will not be. And Boris has to retire from the race.

^ Archived recording (boris johnson)

I have come to the conclusion that this person can not be me.

Michael Barbaro

That's pretty humiliating.

sarah lyall [19659002] Really humiliating, and it felt like everything had finally caught up with him. He had been unmasked. The lie, the bleating, the kind of lack of preparation, the inability to follow things, had all finally returned to persecute him. He always got away with everything. He was like the Teflon politician. And suddenly he had to accept the effects of his activities.

Michael Barbaro

What happens?

sarah lyall

You must find a compromise candidate. And everyone is poisoned in one way or another, so they opt for this highly unlikely figure, Theresa May.

Archive Footage (theresa may)

I was just in Buckingham Palace, where Her Majesty the Queen was asking me to form a new government. And I accepted.

sarah lyall

And she tries it and she tries it and nobody likes what she does.

Michael Barbaro

And where is Boris during all this time?

sarah lyall

Well, Boris is a dangerous figure. So she had the feeling that Cameron somehow neutralized him by giving him a job in her cabinet. So she makes him Foreign Minister, another job in which he is not very good.

Archived Recording

Either they are incoherent or lying or they are Four Ambassadors said they heard it several times. You said it was not government policy, but you support freedom of movement. That's four of them. They do not lie.

^ Archived recording (Boris Johnson)

No, that's utter nonsense. Yes. Well, I think they were misrepresented. And if I may say so, I'm not entirely convinced that your reporter spoke to these ambassadors. And I think –

sarah lyall

He is under prepared. He is disheveled. He says things that are not true. He makes some bad mistakes, but he's a kind of soldier.

Michael Barbaro

Sounds like Boris Johnson.

sarah lyall

Sounds like Boris Johnson. He's Boris, he's Boris. And finally, he resigns from the Cabinet because he says Theresa May had the Brexit negotiations badly.

^ Archive (boris johnson)

We have never made this vision a negotiating position in Brussels. And we have never made it to a negotiation offer. Instead, we were shaking.

sarah lyall

But actually he starts planning his next move.

Archive recording

So the Nos have it. The Nos have it. Unlock! In fact, the Rules of Procedure, the Prime Minister.

^ Archived Recording (Boris Johnson)

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, the house has spoken, and the government will listen. It is clear that the house does not support this deal. But today's vote says nothing about what she supports.

sarah lyall

Theresa May is like one of those – unfortunately she is like a bull in a bullring, where tons of things stand out from her. And she stumbles around and people throw spears at her. And they stay tuned and they bleed and everyone criticizes them.

michael barbaro

That is so vivid.

sarah lyall

Sorry. And she always comes back.

Archived recording

So the Nos have it. The Nos have it. Unlock!

sarah lyall

And try again, and no one likes something she does.

Archived Recording (Theresa May)

In a statement on the Rules of Procedure, Mr. Speaker, I deeply regret the decision that this has happened House has last night.

Sarah Lyall

And she is becoming increasingly unpopular.

Archived recording

So the Nos have it. The Nos have it. Unlock!

sarah lyall

And in the end, people are almost as if we prefer Theresa May.

Archived photograph (theresa may)

Mr. Ladies and gentlemen, I think it should be a deep regret to every Member of this House that once again we have failed to properly support the withdrawal from the European Union – [SHOUTING].

sarah lyall

So the moment Theresa announces her resignation, Boris Johnson sees his second chance.

Michael Barbaro

to be Prime Minister.

sarah lyall

to be Prime Minister. Get her out and then he can go inside.

Archive Footage

I am pleased today, I am proud to introduce to you the candidate I will support to lead the Conservative Party and our nation, a man who has already shown that he is this great cosmopolitan city through two successful terms. Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, Boris Johnson. [APPLAUSE]

michael barbaro

Sarah, we must understand that this all went exactly as Boris Johnson had hoped, that Brexit, no matter what you think of it, has come to elevate him?

sarah lyall

Ich denke, das ist richtig. Ich denke, in den letzten drei Jahren seit der Abstimmung musste er sich darüber klar werden, dass dies passieren wird. Und wenn er eine Überzeugung hat, ist dies jetzt seine Überzeugung. Und meiner Meinung nach ist es ein vergifteter Kelch. Ich habe das Gefühl, er hat sich auf eine Aufgabe eingestellt, die kaum zu bewältigen ist. Und es ist irgendwie ironisch, dass er diesen Job durch etwas bekommen hat, das er eingerichtet hat und das er sich selbst so schwer gemacht hat. Sein politischer Held ist Winston Churchill. Er wollte immer Winston Churchill sein. Und ich verstehe nicht, wie jemand während des Brexit-Prozesses Winston Churchill sein könnte.

sarah lyall

Es ist nicht so, als würde man die Nazis im Zweiten Weltkrieg besiegen. Es ist kein Krieg. Es ist eine sehr, sehr komplizierte Scheidung von einer Einheit, mit der Großbritannien auf eine Weise unglaublich verbunden ist, die die meisten Menschen nicht verstehen und für selbstverständlich halten. Und ich sehe niemanden, der besser dran ist als vorher.

michael barbaro

Jetzt wird dieser Mann mit scheinbar nicht tief verwurzelten politischen Ansichten Großbritannien durchsteuern vielleicht die größte politische Herausforderung in der Geschichte. Und genau das wollte er.

sarah lyall

Ich bin mir nicht sicher, ob er zu diesem Zeitpunkt in der Geschichte Premierminister werden wollte. Aber es ist die einzige Chance, die er bekommen wird. Und er hat eine Art blinden Optimismus, dass er in der Lage sein wird, etwas herauszufinden, wenn er einen Job bekommt. Und ich denke, das ist der Ansatz, den er jetzt verfolgt.

michael barbaro

Sarah, vielen Dank.

michael barbaro

Und viel Glück in London.

sarah lyall

Vielen Dank. Ja, ich fliege bald dorthin.

michael barbaro

Also wirst du zur Wahl dort sein.

sarah lyall

Ich werde wieder dort sein, ja. Und ich werde tun, was ich vor zwei Jahren gedacht hatte, das letzte Mal vor drei Jahren.

sarah lyall

Ich werde diese Geschichte schreiben und sagen, dass Boris Johnson Premierminister geworden ist. That was supposed to happen before, and maybe it will happen this time.

michael barbaro

The winner of the Conservative Party election for prime minister is expected to be announced tomorrow. We’ll be right back. Folgendes müssen Sie heute noch wissen: Internal documents from drug makers, distributors and pharmacies released on Friday reveal a lax approach to tracking suspicious orders of opioids that went on to kill tens of thousands of Americans. A Walgreens in Port Richey, Florida, ordered 3,271 bottles of oxycodone a month, despite a local population of just 2,831. According to the records, the Walgreens employee in charge of flagging such orders cleared them anyway. The records show that companies had little or no oversight in place for flagging suspiciously large orders. One major drug maker gave the job of stopping suspicious orders to sales staff, whose bonuses were tied to those sales. The records are now evidence in a major trial against the companies brought by nearly 2,000 towns and cities devastated by the opioid crisis. That was & # 39; s for "The Daily". I am Michael Barbaro. See you tomorrow.


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