Johnson to win in the UK.
It looks like Boris Johnson is the next British Prime Minister.
“He is not a man to believe in, to trust or to respect” – this from Max Hastings editor of the Daily Telegraph and one of the leading miitary historians today*. But Boris amuses people, he is fun and, my oh my, are the rest dull!
Johnson is the ultimate populist – without any apparent moral compass, with no profound beliefs he may be a blank canvas on which people project their views. As a journalist he revelled in the fake news of his made up reports from Brussels – what he called “marmalade droppings” – a mess of ideas massaged to fit a preconceived ante E.U. narrative and frequently untruthful – as were his speeches in favour of leaving during the referendum.
He recently arrived at a rally dishevelled, late, unprepared, script lost, chaos – but he often does this, its part of a canny and manipulative performance and the audience loves it.
A few years ago I reviewed his book on Churchill which as well as being a jolly effort reads like a self promotion of himself as the next man walking with destiny. He is Britain’s most famous cyclist. I forecast then that he would be the next PM.
Theresa May got in the way.
I don’t think he is going to let anyone stand in his way this time.
Have a good day, James.
* author of “Inferno”, “1914. Europe goes to War.”