Lord Frost’s allies have hit back in Downing Street, saying he was responsible for the government’s “few concrete achievements”.
The ex-Brexit minister provoked a backlash from No 10 over the weekend after his comments last week urging the Prime Minister to ‘establish a clear policy direction . . by the party conference’. called for tax cuts as part of a policy overhaul.
However, a source close to Mr Johnson told the Telegraph that Lord Frost was ‘pontiffizing like an armchair general’ after walking away from government while the Sunday Times quoted a source as saying he was someone who could ‘ talk but not walk. .
‘It’s like a footballer who hasn’t scored a goal in a decade staring into the crowd and complaining that the striker has missed the target,’ the source said of Lord Frost, who left the government due to concerns about “direction”. Of travel”.
“The Man Who Delivered Brexit”
A friend of Lord Frost told the Telegraph: ‘It’s a bad sign if allies of the Prime Minister are attacking Lord Frost, the man who delivered Brexit and a duty-free free trade deal, one of the rare concrete achievements of this government.
“In government, Frosty opposed tax hikes, the unrealistic green energy policy, the abandonment of the one-in-one-out rule on new regulations, and finally passports for Covid vaccines.
“He was rejected on everything and left the government on principle as a result. It obviously makes no sense to suggest now that he could have achieved different results by staying.
“Lord Frost clearly wants the Prime Minister and the government to succeed. The best thing to do would be to listen to his criticisms of the policy, which seem to be widely shared, and change the government’s approach.”
The No 10 is believed to have been particularly angered by the Tory peer’s article in The Telegraph last week where, just days after Mr Johnson won his vote of confidence, he warned the Prime Minister must present a new Conservative vision for Britain or risk being kicked out. by fall.
Lord Frost has predicted another bid to oust Mr Johnson could come after the Conservative Party conference in early October unless he changes course.
He called for tax hikes to be reversed, VAT on energy bills to be cut and a ‘Tory 10 year plan’ to change Britain.
PM in political danger
Coming from an ally of Johnson, despite criticizing policy decisions since leaving Cabinet in December, the message highlighted to Downing Street that the prime minister remained in political danger.
Henry Kissinger has questioned Mr Johnson’s leadership on Brexit ‘execution’ as the government prepares to tear up the Northern Ireland protocol.
The veteran American statesman hailed the prime minister’s “astonishing” achievement in changing “Britain’s direction on Europe”, which he said would be seen as “one of the important transitions of the story”.
However, the 99-year-old told The Sunday Times Magazine that “it often happens that people who accomplish a great task cannot apply their qualities to its execution”, one skill he suggested “is to know how to institutionalize it”. .
He went on to say that the quality of leadership in general is not “adequate to the challenge”.
Mr Johnson survived a vote of no confidence in his job as Prime Minister last Monday, with a record proportion of Tory MPs voting against him.
He won the support of 211 Tories against 148 Rebels, meaning that 41% of Tory MPs do not trust his leadership.