Johnson will rely on creative thinking and salesmanship

Johnson will rely on creative thinking and salesmanship

Boris Johnson will delegate power to his Cabinet and No 10 lieutenants, letting them govern while he presides as Britain’s ambassadorial chairman. The new Prime Minister will approach the job in precisely the opposite way to Theresa May.

He has described Mrs May to friends as a “yucca tree under whose branches everything dies”.

Mr Johnson believes the outgoing Prime Minister had no personality, was afraid of those with something to say, and so chose to surround herself with technocrats.

The new PM will use his personality and charm to lead the country, selecting”characters” with the “get up and go to get on with it.”

This means delegation of power to ministers in ways we’ve not seen for three years. Individual departments will become much more important when it comes to legislation and regulatory activity.

When it comes to the imminent challenge posed by Brexit, Mr Johnson believes he can rely on his relationships, charm and sheer force of personality to build consensus.

He is a politician who is willing to drop a few bombshells, and Johnson will have to rely on creative solutions if Britain is to leave the EU with a deal.

But, as has been clear from his campaign, an early priority will be to ramp up No Deal preparations, showing the UK is “deadly serious” about crashing out.

Aside from Brexit, one of the first priorities of this – and any – Prime Minister is to assemble his team.

Mr Johnson’s advisers say his top four ministers will be, unusually, Chancellor, Chief Whip, Party Chairman and Northern Ireland Secretary.

This tells us an enormous amount.

Focus will be on the nation’s finances, his wafer-thin Commons majority, the need for a united Conservative Party, and getting rid of the backstop from the Withdrawal Agreement.

Mr Johnson believes he can rely on his relationships, charm and sheer force of personality to build consensus. It will be a much “tighter” Cabinet with ministers expected to execute policy and judgment without constantly having to refer upwards.

This was the trait that paralysed Mrs May’s administration.

Many expect the PM to freeze out Remainers and those who campaigned for Jeremy Hunt. Not at all.

He has told friends he plans to “suffocate them with love” as he seeks to build new party unity.

As for his approach to domestic policy, it’s important to remember that Mr Johnson is a keen environmentalist, a believer in One Nation Conservatism and not the dry right-winger that many believe him to be.

His priorities are infrastructure, skills, cyber security, technology and connecting northern cities to each other and to the prosperous South.

He wants to create more city mayors like Andy Street in Birmingham and Andy Burnham in Manchester.

The new Prime Minister sees himself as Boris the Builder – allowing Heathrow expansion, HS2, and going for more infrastructure projects to make Britain the most technological advanced country possible.

He will rule as he did for eight years in London, less concerned with detail, than his role as Britain’s number one salesman on the world stage.

This is an extract taken from our Boris’s Britain publication, to read the full publication click here.

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