Everything about Boris Johnson is phoney

BorisA 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.

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7 Responses to Everything about Boris Johnson is phoney

  1. Yes. And the list of things about Boris Johnson that are phoney includes “being a buffoon”. It’s all an act. He’s actually a very shrewd and calculating politician, who acts the fool to appear safely loveable. Which makes him very dangerous.

  2. Tim Hall says:

    Yep, that as well. Nasty piece of work.

  3. Synthetase says:

    Back in the day, there was a corrupt premier of the Australian state of Queensland, Joh Bjelke-Petersen, who pulled the same tricks. He acted in front of the cameras as though he was a bit of a loveable duffer. His inability to articulate answers to journalists’ questions was legendary: acting as though he was just an ordinary down-to-earth bloke caught in the headlights of the media. He was actually a very shrewd operator, and ruled Queensland using a deliberately broken undemocratic electoral system and a corrupt police force answering directly to him, from the late sixties until the late eighties.

  4. Tim Hall says:

    It says something about his notoriety that I have actually heard of Joh Bjelke-Petersen.

  5. Synthetase says:

    Yeah, not our finest hour…

  6. Tim Hall says:

    Returning the subject to Boris, Nick Cohen failed to mention the Boris Bus. Even that is a heap of overpriced and under-performing junk. Expect they’ll end up on the scrapheap sooner rather than later, replaced by boring but sensible off-the-shelf vehicles.

  7. Synthetase says:

    Is that the diesel -electric one Top Gear did a piece on?