Northern Ireland

Deirdre Heenan: Boris Johnson is not a unionist – he’s a ruthless Johnsonist

The DUP has marched its supporters into the political wilderness in hoping for the best from a man who has already hoodwinked and humiliated them

British prime minister Boris Johnson: his prospects are dismal. Picture: Getty

Boris Johnson’s pyrrhic victory in last Monday’s confidence vote has changed the dynamics of British politics. The scale of the protest vote laid bare the extent of the bitter divisions within the British Tory party. More than 40 per cent of Conservative MPs voted against Johnson, leaving his authority in tatters.

He insisted that his government could move on after what he claimed was a “convincing” and “decisive win”. But his prospects are dismal. This ...