Morally bankrupt Boris…
I have always rather liked Boris Johnson. For a politician, or so I suppose he calls himself, he is amusing; he’s fond of playing the fool. Never slow in taking a rise out of himself, he comes across as an amiable bumbling (well educated) buffoon.
But now the wolf discards his clown’s suit, and shows himself for what he really is: a cynical, backstabbing opportunist.
Poor chap! He’s agonised for just ages about coming out in the pro or anti-Europe camp. Actually what he’s done, is to wait and see what sort of deal Cameron managed to get out of Europe, and he’s decided that there really might be a chance that the country will vote no and Cameron will almost certainly have to resign. Then in comes Boris! A mop-headed white knight ready to save the country…
I regret to say that Eddie Mair, not one of my favourite people, had it quite right; Mr Johnson, “You’re a nasty piece of work, aren’t you?”
27/2/2016 02:58:12 pm
From this side of the Channel, what little of Johnson we might see in the French media tends to emphasise the buffoonery. It's sad to think that if the worst comes to the worst, we could end up with the world of Anglo-Saxon politics dominated by him on one side of the pond and Donald Trump on the other. Boris would have to speed up the exit process (assuming he finds himself in charge of it) in order not to have the UK flung out of the EU before he gets to the end of it. Meanwhile, the plain-speaking Mr Mair does cheer me a little. You would have to listen to French news radio an awfully long time before you heard anything as forthright. Here we have to read a lot into 'nuance' ....
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