Fears of a clown: In Boris, the UK has their own Scott Morrison

With Boris Johnson set to become the Prime Minister of Britain, he joins the triumvirate of global leaders who use folksy stupidity to distract from the evil within.



So, Britain has a new Prime Minister. You could make the argument that Boris Johnson is the third member of the flabby blonde-haired leadership Voltron alongside America’s Donald Trump and our own Scott Morrison.



However, if we look slightly deeper, his tone is exactly the same as the other two, a figure of ill masquerading as a clown. Awkward Uncle Boris presents as the dorky figure who you don’t take seriously (as they don’t), so you tend to not pay the full attention to their actions. He’s long painted himself as the jester of change, with a concerted effort focused on the punchline (him) not the subject (his policy).

Regarding an example, here’s Boris left stranded mid-air with novelty Union Jacks in hand and harness well up his crack.



Here he also is trampling a tiny Japanese child in a casual game of Rugby, and here he is, in full flight, subject of one of the numerous Boris blooper reels lovingly made on YouTube. Look, here he is on Top Gear. Boris, Boris, über alles.



But here he also is, offering the media tea to somehow cool his repeated anti-Muslim sentiment, with Swansea University’s Nilufar Ahmed writing “While some have tried to excuse Johnson’s comments – he referred to burqa wearers as letterboxes or bank robbers – this is not the first time he has made statements with overtly racist terminology. Some commentators have argued the former foreign secretary’s words are an attempt to remain at the forefront of politics, amid the possibility of a Conservative party leadership contest.”

Back in 2018, Johnson was asked how he could be so certain that the Kremlin was behind the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal. Boris said that the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats from the UK (the largest such in history) was a just decision, based on the evidence he received. Boris’ claims were immediately walked back by the apparent source of his information, the Porton Down Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, as they told Sky News that while they’ve been able learn the chemical composition of the nerve agent used to poison the Skripals, none of the work they have done has succeeded in identifying its source.



As The Big Smoke’s Trisha de Borchgrave wrote back in 2016 that “Boris has concluded that the quickest way to shinny up the greasy pole was by appealing to misled notions of sovereignty and the shape of vegetables, with barely a sideways glance at the long-term consequences for his country’s economy nor for the political stability of a disintegrating world that a weaker European Union will endanger.

“He has covered the length and breadth of the country on a big red bus emblazoned with the lie, “We send the EU £350 million a week – let’s fund our NHS instead”. It has been proven time and again that the real figure, after Brussels paybacks and a rebate negotiated by Margaret Thatcher in 1984, is £170 million, which constitutes 1.2% of public spending. The rest is decided upon by the parliament in Westminster; from income and corporation tax to schools, the National Health Service, transport and pensions. In return, Britain has received barrier-free access to the UK’s biggest market, plus improved standards to issues that require the concerted effort of a critical mass, more than the illusion of sovereignty, such as the quality of its air, sea, climate and food chain.

“So now we must fear not a waning Britain but the launch of a resurgent England, hoisted by the petard of a resentful Wales, an economically weak Northern Ireland and an independent Scotland, dreaming that it can sustain a post-Brexit relationship with the US that is special. American efforts to remain faithful to a “Dad’s Army England” (after the 1970s comedy about the aged home guard preparing for a Nazi invasion), will be as difficult as keeping up a teenage crush, when the superficial handsomeness of youth turns into a cluster of pimples and lip fluff. The same goes for China, with any good ol’ days of a shared history with Britain at zero. Control over a nation’s economic and political wellbeing does not rely on nostalgia.”

Ahmed also noted that “Johnson’s tactics are a copy and paste of what worked so successfully for US President Donald Trump and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. Their campaign focused on evoking a sense of nationalism that had apparently been lost and making contentious statements in the media that would provoke angry responses. Johnson appears to be in contact with Bannon who has endorsed him as a possible future Tory leader.”

Sound familiar?





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