Boris Johnson’s Conservative government now dominates parliament, with a majority of 80. Given Labour’s internal disarray, the Tories could govern for another decade. What, then, can we expect? What is Johnson’s political project?
The left presently has few sensible answers to these questions. Since Johnson became prime minister, people have lined up to denounce him as “racist”, “Islamophobic” and “homophobic” and brand his government “Thatcherite”, “extremist”, or even “far right”. The Tories’ election victory brought a new round of hysterics, with headlines reporting that Muslims would flee Britain, while Labour claimed the Conservative Party had been infiltrated by far-right fringe group Britain First.