He recalled interviewing the prime minister, who was then the shadow higher education minister, in 2007 for GQ when Morgan questioned how genuine his “buffoon” act is.
He went on to say he voted for Johnson in December 2019 - but not due to his stance on Brexit. Morgan said he was a Remainer, and only voted Conservative because he didn’t want “hard-left lunatic Jeremy Corbyn winning power”.
Two years on from Johnson’s government taking the wheel, Morgan accused him of destroying the trust of new Conservative voters, leaving them feeling “so disillusioned, they’re telling pollsters they’ll never support you again”.
Morgan wrote: “Your crashing personal popularity is cratering support for your party too.
“Conservatives are heading for meltdown in the May local elections, which will only fuel No 10 wagon-circling by ambitious Cabinet ministers like Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss.
“And sorry Boris, but you’ve only got yourself to blame. Trust in you has been burned, not earned.”
He went on to criticise Johnson’s handling of the pandemic, but gave him credit for the vaccine roll-out and the furlough scheme.
“Crisis management, particularly in a health emergency, demands leadership that’s firm, fast, decisive and calm — four words that could never be used about you in this pandemic,” Morgan said.
He said it was pathetic to watch him dodge questions, such as when he hid in a fridge to avoid answering his questions on Good Morning Britain.
“Grow a pair, man!... You wrote an excellent book about your hero Sir Winston Churchill which lauded his courage under fire. Do you think Winston would have ever fled into a large refrigerator to duck a journalist? Of course, he wouldn’t,” he said.
He concluded the open letter by urging the prime minister to “stop being a shambles” and said if leading the nation is too much for him, he should “let someone else do it”.