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HE PROBABLY STILL HAS THE GARAGE KEY:  BORIS JOHNSON, THAT IS.  FROM CNN: 

Boris Johnson flew back into London on Saturday morning, perhaps hoping his arrival at Gatwick Airport would mark the beginning of a triumphant return to 10 Downing Street.

Johnson, who was ousted as prime minister in July over a series of scandals, arrived in the UK from his Caribbean holiday intending to join the race to replace Liz Truss as premier, Britain’s PA Media news agency reported allies as saying.

Johnson told UK trade minister James Duddridge that he was “up for it,” PA reported. He indicated he will run in the leadership contest despite the fact that he is still under parliamentary investigation over allegations he lied to lawmakers.

Truss resigned on Thursday, just six weeks into her disastrous term that pitched Britain deep into political and economic turmoil. Her successor will be the fifth PM to lead the country since it voted for Brexit in 2016.

Former Home Secretary Priti Patel on Saturday became one of the most high-profile supporters of Johnson in his quest to become PM. “Boris has the mandate to deliver our elected manifesto and a proven track record getting the big decisions right,” she said in a tweet.

Truss resigned on Thursday, just six weeks into her disastrous term that pitched Britain deep into political and economic turmoil. Her successor will be the fifth PM to lead the country since it voted for Brexit in 2016.

Former Home Secretary Priti Patel on Saturday became on of the highest-profile supporters of Johnson in his quest to become PM. “Boris has the mandate to deliver our elected manifesto and a proven track record getting the big decisions right,” she said in a tweet.

But his possible return to the top job has split opinions within the Conservative Party, with many lawmakers horrified at the prospect of a second Johnson premiership.

Even his former deputy prime minister and foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, told the BBC, “We cannot go backwards,” and pointed out that Johnson faces a probe into the so-called partygate scandal involving illegal gatherings in Downing Street.

The former PM is expected to appear in the next few weeks before the Commons Privileges Committee, which is investigating whether he misled Parliament over the parties, which could potentially see him suspended or expelled as an MP.

COMMENT:  Reminds me of the adventures of a Mr. Trump.  Johnson would at least keep Britain pro-American.  But his Conservative party needs considerable repair before facing the voters again.  It is imperative that the Labour Party, never in love with America, is kept from power.

October 21-22, 2022