The autumn rain turned cold, the days began to become gloomy and dark, there were warnings of imminent emergencies in hospitals and even the spectre of a "winter of discontent" from threatened labour strikes was evoked.
Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns leaves Downing Street, in London, Britain July 24, 2019.
Johnson called the December 12 election to try to break the Brexit deadlock, paralyzing the country for more than three years and beginning to undermine confidence in the world's fifth largest economy.
"I ruled out a pact with everybody because I don't think that it's sensible", said Mr Johnson. This is also the most unpredictable of elections.
The former Labour MP made the comments in light of the news of deputy Labour leader Tom Watson announcing that he would be stepping down from his role and will not be standing for MP in the December 12th election.
If his "modern and compassionate" party won the election, Johnson said he would take the United Kingdom out of the European Union within six weeks, a move which would release a "flood of pent-up investment" in the economy.
But the Conservative lead may turn out to be meaningless.
The Green Party launched its election campaign with a pledge to invest 100 billion pounds a year on climate action for a decade.
He has called for the splintered country s third general election in four years in a bid to resolve the crisis that has unfolded since voters opted in 2016 to break away from the European Union after almost 50 years.
Johnson has until November 14 to switch to a safer seat - though such a move appears unlikely, as campaign materials featuring him are already being pushed through mail slots in Uxbridge and South Ruislip.
On Tuesday, another Conservative, outgoing House of Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg, was forced to apologize for suggesting that the victims of a 2017 London apartment block inferno that killed 72 people lacked common sense for following fire department advice to wait in their apartments for help. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Johnson accused the left-of center party of attacking the rich "with a relish and vindictiveness not seen since Stalin persecuted the kulaks".
Watson acknowledged his "political differences" with Corbyn in a resignation letter but said the decision was personal rather than political. And while opinion polls indicate that the Conservatives have the support of around 36 per cent against 25 per cent for Labour, with much of the rest split among smaller parties, few will predict the election outcome.
And the latest United Kingdom election odds show Labour's Brexit stance is not capturing the imagination of voters.
"A Labour government will get Brexit sorted within six months by giving you, the British people, the final say", Corbyn will say. "If you want to stay in the European Union, you can vote for that".
The Liberal Democrats, the Welsh nationalists Plaid Cymru and the Green Party, along with some independent lawmakers, aim to give a free run to just one "remain" candidate in each constituency.
Corbyn on Tuesday said he wanted to negotiate a new Brexit deal and then let the public decide between leaving on his terms, or not leaving at all, saying Johnson's agreement would hurt the economy and erode workers' rights.
"Brexit's postponement pulls us back".