I think his strategy is something like:Wiganer Ted wrote: ↑Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:18 amAfter all the publicity yesterday, by late last night it was obvious to the tv commentators the enormous task Johnson faces in getting anything about Brexit through Parliament.
By Friday next week his majority could be down to one. It wasn't said last night but to me all that appointing and sacking MP's he will have added to his list of enemies.
When the Vote of No Confidence comes along Tory MP's won't need to resign the Party Whip now with that small a majority all they'll have to do is abstain to ensure Johnson and Brexit fails.
I still can't work out whether he will wait for the VoNC and an election or go for a referendum. TV and radio people say an election for the Tories if they haven't delivered Brexit will be a disaster as the Brexit lot will trounce them with the Brexit voters. An election could see Johnson lose both the GE and also his own seat.
With a referendum whatever the result he will still be PM and the Tories still in power. If there were a large Remain majority then the Brexit lot would be finished but the Tories would just be damaged.
1. Dig heels in, leave on 31 October with no deal.
2. Corbyn will be forced to back remain by this point (bad Tory deal and all that etc etc)
3. Call GE. Portray Corbyn as "remoaner" and appeal to Brexit Party supporters "See what I did etc"
Essentially trying to unite the Leave vote behind the Conservatives, and split remain with the rest.
All very well but the people will suffer.
The "working classes", many of which voted Leave, will suffer most.
As a "one nation" Tory, if you will, I'm not happy with that.