7th July 2022 – (London) Johnson concedes ‘no one is remotely indispensable’, as he says he is ‘sad’ to be giving up ‘best job in world’
Johnson says the government has much more to do. He wants to level up, because he believes talent is evenly spread.
He says he has tried to persuade colleagues that changing leader would be “eccentric”.
But he failed to persuade them, he admits – even though the party has a “vast mandate” and is only “a handful of points behind in the polls”.
He says in politics “no one is remotely indispensable”.
The “Darwinian” electoral system will produce a new leader, he says.
He knows there will be people who will be disappointed. And he says he is “sad to be giving up the best job in the world”.
He thanks his wife Carrie and his family, civil servant and staff who have helped him – referring to being “here at Chequers”, before he corrects himself. And he thanks his protection team – the one group who do not leak, he says.
He ends by saying the future is golden.