What we can see from PMQs yesterday is that the Tory party no longer have implicit faith in their leader. The defection of a red wall MP was only the start of a painful 30 minutes for Boris Johnson yesterday, with a scathing series of blows from Labour and their newly invigorated leader Sir Kier Starmer, making Boris shake his head in response. But the final blow showing the beginning of the end for the Etonian llama in a suit was the bite of the Brexit bulldog himself.

The defection of Christian Wakeford was unseen by the British public; a backbencher from the red wall elected with just 402 votes proves that some Tories still have a conscious. The bravery to do this is astounding, with it being important to note that Bury South has one of the largest Jewish communities in Britain, showing that their trustee in Parliament is satisfied that the rumours of antisemitism are now gone under the refreshing leadership of Sir Kier. But what this has done has indicated that the blue paint on the red wall is flaking. Ian Levy, the first red wall Tory elected on the evening of the 2019 election said “Thank you Boris” in his acceptance speech; a speech I still remember. It begs the question, will this class of Tories keep saying that, if the North has lost faith in the former Mayor of London. Will the likes of Andy Burnham, Angela Rayner and Rachel Reeves represent Northern needs far better than Johnson’s antipodean kabal: giving the red wall a new coat of paint? A senior Labour party source wrote to me exclusively; saying about the defection:

"Labour have changed - and so have the Tories. What has happened with one MP is reflecting how the country is starting to feel - with a Labour government you will get security, prosperity and respect. With the Conservatives all you get is incompetence and scandal."

London may be the political centre, but Wakeford’s defection has proven that the northern powerhouse is still Labour at heart, and without the Brexit Party spoiler, Labour retaking their heartlands is a goal certainly within reach, indicating the lack of faith in a Boris-less Tory party, caused by the lack of faith in the Prime Minister: a catch 19-22.

Johnson’s frontbench’s demeanour shows a lack of faith; from his cabinet and himself. Liz Truss luckily escaped to Australia so as to not be sucked in the whirlpool of the sinking HMS Boris, with Rishi Sunak seen giving the occasional timid head-nod as if pretending to be agreeing with the PM, while keeping a low profile the entire question period. Even Boris’s dearest sycophants such as Sajid Javid and Domonic Raab avoided the cameras: no one wants to be seen as his friend. Boris at one point, while being impressively grilled by Labour’s knight of the hour, Sir Kier; shrugged and shook his head: definitely the body-language of a man very apologetic and completely remorseful. Sir Kier has come into his own after a slow start, truly proving Aesop correct: slow and steady wins the race. It is clear that Jeremy Corbyn would not have been able to pull this off, with his deluge of resignations, infighting and claims of antisemitism. Starmer seemed like the safe candidate; but recently, as it has been clear that Loose-ston Churchill broke his own COVID laws, the former DPP has attacked him like the legal hawk he is renowned to be. He has effectively changed the party, and made it a real alternative to the circus in Downing Street. The lack of scandal makes Boris’s desperate swings at Sir Kiers May 2021 beer and takeout in Glasgow seem even weaker and pathetic than it intrinsically is. The fact that not one senior person has come to the PM’s aid in a material way indicates the rats are fleeing the sinking ship; and I say good riddance.

But the worst sledgehammer into the melting snowman of Boris was the short speech by David Davis. Despite his profile being degraded by his appearance on Deadringers as Theresa May’s ‘Brexit Bulldog’, his speech showed how many Tory MPs must feel; betrayal, anger and a complete and sudden loss of confidence in their leader. The best part is objectively his quote from Leo Amery; political ally of Winston Churchill. The fact that Boris acted as if he did not know it is laughable as he wrote a book on the Wartime prime minister. In the book, Boris painted himself as Churchill, but following this scandal, he is more fitting to be seen as Harold Macmillan; a man who through ruthlessness went from ‘SuperMac’ to ‘Mac the Knife’. This has proven that Johnson’s premiership is in dire straits, with no one willing to protect him, and huge voices in the Party going against him.

This conspiracy has now become open revolt; and as a student of History, Johnson will know that revolutions always win; if not in the fields, then in the hearts. Boris will lose the Tories the May elections if he stays, ending Tory local government domination. In the words of Oliver Cromwell, Leo Amery and now David Davis, “In the name of God, go”.