A rather splendid evisceration of Boris Johnson by Nick Cohen in The Spectator
Johnson believes in the advance of Johnson. That’s all there is. There’s nothing else. Most politicians, and many of the rest of us, are ambitious, of course. But politicians normally hope to advance a cause as they advance themselves. Johnson would have you believe that he is breaking with the establishment, risking all, because of his sincere conviction that we must advance the cause of saving Britain from the European Union.
His colleagues do not believe him. Nicholas Soames called him a liar on Twitter yesterday. Jerry Hayes called him a ‘copper-bottomed, hypocritical little shit.’ The wonder of it is that they may have been understating the case for the prosecution.
As recently as last year Boris Johnson was stating publicly that it wasn’t in the nation’s interests to leave the European Union. Which makes it very hard to see his move to be the face of the Vote Leave campaign as anything other than a cynical move which is really about his ambitions to become David Cameron’s successor as Prime Minister.
As Nick Cohen rightly says, the only thing Boris Johnson believes in is Boris Johnson. Which makes him David Cameron turned up to Eleven.