Peppa Pig World
Many of you will have briefly paused celebrating all of the huge opportunities that we’ve been brought by Brexit to notice that we are governed by a bizarre priapic buffoon. Apparently the Conservatives have just noticed this too.
After the sea of chaos and sleaze he has presided over it seems it’s only NOW dawning on them that he is completely unfit for office.
As Sam Freedman has written for Tortoise: “Boris Johnson is incredibly bad at being prime minister. There is pretty much no one in Westminster that disagrees with this proposition, at least in private. Not civil servants. Not journalists. Not Tory MPs. Not even the majority of ministers. Prime ministers usually have some, if not all of the skills required for this most singular job. Margaret Thatcher was decisive though divisive. Gordon Brown had a great eye for detail, even if it sometimes bogged him down. David Cameron at least acted the part and could make a decent speech when it mattered. We forget, too, how popular Theresa May’s “steady as she goes” persona was – at least in her first months in Number 10. Johnson has no relevant abilities at all.”
The latest in the rolling Tory Shambles after a disastrous two weeks saw him completely lose the plot at a speech to the CBI. He compared himself to Moses, imitated a car, referred to himself in the third-person and wittered on and on about the experience of Peppa Pig World.
Well, a video featuring the CBI, Moses, Lenin, the Daily Mail, Peppa Pig, safe streets, electric cars, @PickardJE, @bbclaurak, the BBC, the Guardian and, of course, Boris Johnson is now the most viewed video I’ve ever posted here. pic.twitter.com/2kfoN1hx3m
— Ros Atkins (@BBCRosAtkins) November 23, 2021
Suddenly the Clown Show isn’t funny anymore.
Disfigured and Transformed
It’s a reminder that British politics has been dominated disfigured and transformed by the internal wars within the Tory party for over a decade, culminating in the Brexit fiasco. Second it’s shown us that the Conservatives are just ruthlessly opportunist, they will use anyone and anything to gain power, and equally they will turn on anyone who they think redundant. This is why Johnson was appointed and this is why he may well be ejected. Thirdly it’s worth checking and noting just how strange and broken Britain is. In 2014 (and since) we were told that Scottish independence was unthinkable and terribly risky. “Why move house in a storm” and all that. We were the separatists. It’s worth recalling this Question Time classic in which Blair MacDougall utters the immortal words: “I cant imagine a serious political party would elect Boris Johnson as leader …””
Blair McDougall at his most prescient back in 2014 denying that Boris Johnson will ever lead the Conservative party let alone be prime minister. Maybe time for a rethink in the whole Indy Scotland thing Blair? pic.twitter.com/WOtkHzgNME
— Dial (@DialMforMurdo) July 23, 2019
I mention this not to ridicule Blair MacDougall, though that’s certainly worthwhile, but to point out how deeply strange and ******-up Britain is. The unthinkable is now reality. The rampant Anglo-British nationalism unleashed and propelled by Brexit has normalised overt and crude racism and re-framed the entire political landscape, it has unleashed latent demons.
Brexit enthusiasts (of the left and right) assume the worse is now over and that Brexit is somehow “done”. It’s not. Lord Frost, the chief negotiator of “Taskforce Europe”, is actually threatening to trigger Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol – which would reopen the whole deal. Johnson is now stuck in a position where he either has to back down to the EU and keep an effective border in the North Sea in place, or renege upon the fundamental promise of the 2019 election: that he would “Get Brexit done”. The supply chain problems are not resolved. The trade deals are not in place.
While broken promises are a sort of trademark for Johnson as he walks through his personal and political chaos, this would be too much for even his loyal coterie.
Many people have pointed out that Johnson’s antics may well be a sideshow, a distraction from more serious matters.
— Double Down News (@DoubleDownNews) November 23, 2021
That may well be so.
But this didn’t look choreographed. It looked like a shambles from an over-privileged man who has breezed through his life without a care in the world. It reminded me not of Theresa May’s disastrous conference speech with her hacking cough and collapsing stage, but of the moment when David Cameron left Downing Street. His mic still on as he turned to give up being Prime Minister he was heard humming a jaunty tune. Here was a man so privileged so wealthy and secure that being Prime Minister or not being Prime Minister wasn’t even a bother. Cameron had led Britain into the most catastrophic international affairs since Suez and here he was humming away.
Removing Johnson would be an option for the Tories if his shambolic regime continues to unravel. But there are a host of replica awful people waiting in the wings. Britain is a parody country in which the truly horrific and grotesque hide behind the spectacle of the trivial and the ridiculous.
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