Laura Kuenssberg: Boris Johnson’s persona led to downfall as PM

Laura Kuenssberg: Boris Johnson’s persona led to downfall as PM

Boris Johnson’s “persona and behavior” was the explanation for his downfall as prime minister, Laura Kuenssberg has mentioned, evaluating his lack of help from the Conservative celebration to a sport of Jenga.

Chatting with British Vogue for its September challenge, the previous political editor of the BBC mentioned she was “shocked” on the “tempo and the size of the strikes towards Johnson”, however was not stunned at Johnson’s departure as Conservative chief after going through mass resignations from his cupboard and different Tory MPs.

Kuenssberg, 46, likened Johnson’s demise to a sport of Jenga, saying: “One piece comes out, after which one other, and it will get wobblier, then it stabilises, however then when it really crashes, it crashes actually rapidly and actually messily.”

Within the interview Kuenssberg, who was assigned a safety element for the Labour celebration convention in 2017, revealed that she doesn’t enable herself to concentrate on the abuse she receives on social media.

“It’s horrible that it occurs and it shouldn’t occur, and I can see why folks get desperately upset about it,” she mentioned.

“I at all times tried to assume: ‘Proper, I’ve received this actually lengthy record of compelling and essential stuff that I’ve received to do immediately. Am I subsequently going to permit time and area to take a seat and take a look at this?’ Effectively … no.”

Kuenssberg mentioned she hoped social media abuse wouldn’t deter younger girls from pursuing a profession in journalism or politics. “We’ve got to be alive to how horrible it may be, significantly for folks beginning out, and help them the place we are able to,” she mentioned.

“It drives me loopy that younger folks coming into the trade – and significantly younger girls – may take a look at what’s occurred on-line and assume: ‘That isn’t a spot for me,’” she added.

Kuenssberg additionally revealed that the Spectator’s summer season celebration, recognized to be attended by distinguished Conservative celebration figures, was like being in a “tropical jungle” which was “very popular, very wild and really weird”.

She added: “The subsequent era was prowling round, making an attempt to construct new alliances and seize the plumpest, juiciest fruit for themselves.”

Kuenssberg will take over the BBC’s flagship political Sunday morning present after Andrew Marr’s 17-year tenure on 4 September that, in accordance with the interview, will probably be referred to as Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg.

Kuenssberg served because the BBC’s political editor for seven years and was changed by Chris Mason earlier this yr. She was one in every of three frontrunners to take over the Sunday morning present, alongside Sophie Raworth and Mishal Husain. Raworth has offered the present on an interim foundation.

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