For Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #120, where we write about this image from Antenna at Unsplash. .
“He delivered us power. What more do we want? We probably wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for him.”
“Yes, but we got that power on the back of a load of promises, which are starting to unravel. We’re the party of small government and he’s promised handouts left, right and centre.”
“But he’s done it before, and the public forgave him. This guy’s like a rubber ball. Look at the letter boxes1, or at the runway2”.
“But there’s a difference between being a nobody and being PM. As PM, the buck stops there. He can’t just move on to the next project.”
“And what about COVID? He’s come out of that with glowing support. His ratings couldn’t be higher.”
“I wouldn’t make too much noise about COVID, if I were you. It’s only a matter of time before the public cottons on to us having the worst death rate in Europe.”
“Ah, Europe. See, there’s another thing. He dealt decisively with Brexit.”
“And got us, where? The deal nobody wanted? Shellfish rotting on quays because the customs delays prevent them getting to market?”
“Those were just teething troubles. If we’d have had time to prepare…”
“We *did* have time to prepare. He set the timetable, for god’s sake. There *was* time to prepare. Should have been, at any rate.”
The room was becoming restless, but the woman continued.
“And what about the debacle in Ireland? All that goodwill just evaporated.”
At this, there were cries of disbelief. None of them had ever considered the Irish as colleagues, in any case.
A minute later, the chairman brought the meeting back to order. “Ahem, it’s about time we pushed on to the vote. The motion is that the Prime Minister no longer has the confidence of the Conservative Party. All those in favour, please raise your hands.”
A single woman made a slight movement to raise her hand, then thought about where her next pay check would come from before she relaxed, hoping that nobody would notice.
As a journalist, before his political career but certainly after maturity, Boris Johnson used his column to refer to burka-clad women as “letterboxes”.
As a humble MP, whose constituency contains Heathrow Airport, there was a great deal of local opposition to building a third runway there. Johnson added his voice, claining that he would lie in front of the bulldozers if needs be.
Later, Johnson had been promoted to Foreign Secretary, and was suspiciously absent for the parliamentary vote.
The vote subsequently carried and a third runway there is planned.