A total Muppet. And a character from Sesame Street
In a moderately creative article, the Sun’s Sunday political editor David Wooding, someone who would be welcomed back to his native Liverpool if only for target practice, has told “Real reason Boris Johnson backed Brexit: Emma Thompson ‘cake’ slur tipped London Mayor over the edge … EXCLUSIVE: Film star’s jibe convinced him to become standard bearer for Leave campaign”. And to that I call bullshit.
But do go on. “The London Mayor was incensed by the Leftie luvvie’s sneering attack on his country and told friends: ‘I’m not going to allow that’ … He had spent weeks wavering over whether to join the In or Out camp until actress Emma ridiculed Britain as ‘a cake-filled, misery-laden, grey old island’”. Yeah, right. He could have dealt with his ire by calling her out in his “chicken feed” generating Telegraph column. Job done.
In any case, who has been the bearer of this highly dubious apologia? “Close pals said her outburst was the tipping point that convinced him to become standard bearer for the Leave campaign … One said: ‘The image of a defeatist modern Britain articulated by Emma Thompson finally convinced him where his heart lay … He believes Britain is a great country. And her remarks made him want to prove we could go it alone and make it work’”.
We also hear “Another source confirmed: ‘Emma Thompson’s remarks were what finally swung him … Boris seemed to get all stirred up as soon as the cake remarks hit the front page of The Sun’”. Right. We get one “close pal”, plus “another source”, both of which could have been concocted within the Baby Shard bunker. This “exclusive” may have had Bozza’s approval, but it is thinner than a weak pint of supermarket lager.
An off-the-cuff remark by an actor, however great their stature, is not going to sway any politician from his or her principles - if they have any. Either Bozza is being seriously economical with the actualité here - or he really is a principle-free charlatan of no fixed political orientation. Either way, he comes out of this ridiculous story with his reputation diminished yet further, and no serious prospect of ever gaining office.
The popularity of Boris Johnson was for a time, but not for all time. Bye bye Bozza.