Boris Johnson has resigned as Tory leader after admitting he had failed to convince his Cabinet colleagues he could keep fighting.
He called the decision to sack him “eccentric”, blamed “herd instinct” at Westminster and called the political system “Darwinian”.
A new Tory leader will now be elected to replace Mr Johnson in No 10.
“In politics, no one is absolutely indispensable,” he acknowledged in a statement from a desk in Downing Street.
“I want you to know how sad I am to give up the best job in the world, but these are the breaks,” he said.
In a sign of his resentment at being forced out of office, less than three years after a landslide election victory, Mr Johnson said: “Over the past few days I have tried to persuade my colleagues that it would be eccentric to change governments when we deliver so much and when we have such a broad mandate and are actually only a handful of points behind in the polls, even halfway through after several pretty relentless sledding month and when the economic scene is so tough domestically and internationally.
“I regret not having succeeded in these arguments and of course it is painful not to be able to see through so many ideas and projects myself.
“But as we have seen, in Westminster the herd instinct is strong, when the herd moves, it moves.”
Before we get to the Darwinian commentary, the general discourse didn’t go over very well, as you can see below.
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