- Sun May 31, 2020 1:38 pm #612436
"I am not expendable, I'm not stupid and I'm not going outside."
Boris Johnson spent years showing off his superficial understanding of the classics by picking up Latin phrases from his well-thumbed dictionary of quotations and dropping them into his articles. A little learning was not a dangerous thing for him but a smart career move. It convinced conservative-inclined voters that Johnson had enjoyed the education of the old imperial ruling class and was not the lightweight he appeared to be. The fact that hardly any educated person studies Latin and Greek today made it easier for Johnson to bluff his way to the top when so few could see the vacuity behind the pose.
His administration has presided over thousands of needless deaths. It has never got on top of the virus. A terrible recession is all but upon us, and it’s likely that Tory zealotry will destroy the chance of a decent deal with the European Union that a broken country needs. Now more than ever, Johnson wants Conservatives to believe in the illusion of his talent.
Unlike Trump and Johnson, Cummings is not trying to fool the public but fool the fool who employs him – not the hardest of tasks, I grant you. He sinks to the level of the petty cheat because he must convince Johnson that he is a political mastermind.
Don’t be fooled as well. Too many liberals see Cummings as a manipulative demon with supernatural powers, when the most frightening thing about him, and Johnson, is their pathetic inability to control events. They are not evil geniuses but lazy, dogmatic and incompetent men, whose shabbiness is revealed as much by their little deceits as grand blunders. Don’t inflate them into monsters, who can never be beaten. Draw courage from their littleness.
Too late the public has already made its mind up about Cummings. Nick Cohen is right about the man’s limitations if Cummings thinks his troll farm can make it all better.
Think I'll wait for the highlights on Twitter, I heard her advertising sting and couldn't think of anyone I'd want to listen to less (which is saying something for LBC). And her colleague James O'Brien has been able to broadcast from his garden shed for the last 2 months so she's certainly got no excuse.youngian wrote: ↑Sun May 31, 2020 12:00 pmI’ll make an effort to tune in to hear her blag her way out of that one. You don’t even need to leave the house to present a radio show.Abernathy wrote: ↑Sun May 31, 2020 11:55 amMeanwhile, another member of the Johnson clan has also been blithely disregarding the lockdown rules.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/ ... n-22115003
I'm thinking they might be offering him a retire through ill-health narrative to add to his litany of lies. He'a always operated as Boris, it what he does - and there were plenty of warnings before all this.Forgetful, Lazy, can’t be arsed. Boris Johnson was all those things from the get go, it has nothing to do with him and his Corona
By Friday the atmosphere was so febrile MPs were sharing rumours in their WhatsApp groups that Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, had punched Cummings in a fight broken up by Michael Gove, a claim variously dismissed as “not true”, “complete invention” and “total bollocks” by senior figures.
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