Andrew Bridgen: The public find Boris Johnson 'refreshing'

Andrew Bridgen: The public find Boris Johnson 'refreshing'

Monday, September 10, 2018

A Conservative MP has said Boris Johnson has support of people across the country because they find his bluntness "refreshing”.

Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire, came to the defence of the former Foreign Secretary after he described Theresa May’s Chequers proposal like a “suicide vest” to the British Constituion.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Johnson attacked the Prime Minister’s Brexit plans, amid further speculation he is planning to make a leadership challenge.

In his piece, Johnson wrote: "It is a humiliation. We look like a seven-stone weakling being comically bent out of shape by a 500lb gorilla."

 "We have opened ourselves to perpetual political blackmail. We have wrapped a suicide vest around the British constitution - and handed the detonator to Michel Barnier."


'Boris calls it as he sees it'

Talking to Julia Hartley-Brewer on talkRADIO, Bridgen said he “admired” Johnson for giving the public “confidence in our political system”.

“I think that something I admire about Boris Johnson, and something that gives him huge swathes of support across the country, is the fact that Boris calls it as he sees it and people find that refreshing,” he said.

“I think he says things as a public political figure which a lot of people are thinking, that most people dare not tread. I think that is to be admired and I think that puts public confidence in our political system that someone is speaking up for them.

“As far as other matters are concerned it’s a sad fact that very few extended families in our country won’t have been affected or touched by the tragedy that is family breakdown and I do believe now that the British public, I think they do appreciate that even highly public figures have a right to a private life.”


Brexit negotiations being handled 'badly'

Bridgen went on to criticise the current political spectrum in how Brexit is being handled

Hartley-Brewer said: “I’m thinking Boris Johnson over Theresa May, but that’s not saying much right now, is it?”

“No, but at a time where our country needs politicians of stature, of world standing, to deliver our exit from the European Union, I think for once in our country's history, I’m disappointed across the political spectrum with the leaders that we’ve got," said Bridgen.

“I think that’s reflected in the way we’re being pushed around in the negotiations; we are the sixth biggest economy in the world, we are third or fourth biggest defence budget in the world, we are a world player, we’ve got the biggest soft power projection with the English language and our broadcast media in the world, and I think we’ve handled these negotiations particularly badly.

“It’s difficult for me, who’s been in business for nearly a quarter of century before I became a member of parliament, to think it is cock-up and not conspiracy because it’s been so consistently appalling.

“I think it’s time for a radical rethink because this is the most important issue facing this country.”