Boris Johnson Is Hurtling Into a Winter of Discontent

Boris Johnson Is Hurtling Into a Winter of Discontent

  • A jump in Covid cases, rising unemployment and crunch Brexit talks are all coming to a head at once.

It’s already looking like it will be a long, hard winter for Britain’s troubled leadership.

Coronavirus cases hit a daily record again on Friday, a day after the U.K. finance minister effectively gave up saving hundreds of thousands of people from unemployment. A rebellion is brewing within the ruling Conservative Party over new restrictions, which many businesses say will cripple them. A trade deal with the European Union to avoid more chaos is at risk before talks resume next week.

As the pandemic rages and countries across Europe try to respond without crippling their economies, leaders in Spain and France are also feeling the pressure. But for Prime Minister Boris Johnson crisis is looking more like a permanent state. Few governments face so many challenges on so many fronts.