They keep on laughing off every mis-step, every thinly-veiled dog-whistle, but yesterday, after his speech to the Tory faithful, alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson showed once again that he is a nailed-on racist. He clearly has a problem when it comes to normal interaction with black and brown people.
A complete Muppet. And Elmo from Sesame Street
The excuses we know well: Bozo The Clown has previously mused “What a relief it must be for Blair to get out of England. It is said that the Queen has come to love the Commonwealth, partly because it supplies her with regular cheering crowds of flag-waving piccaninnies”. He called Barack Obama “part Kenyan”, and suggested he had “an ancestral hatred of Britain”. On Islamophobia, he was equally bigoted.
As Adam Bienkov has told in a Business Insider article, “In the wake of the London bombings, he also questioned the loyalty of British Muslims and insisted that the country must accept that ‘Islam is the problem.’” Thus the far-right become emboldened, especially when he also said “What is going on in these mosques and madrasas? When is someone going to get 18th century on Islam's medieval ass?”
Moreover, he’s said “To any non-Muslim reader of the Koran, Islamophobia - fear of Islam - seems a natural reaction, and, indeed, exactly what that text is intended to provoke … Judged purely on its scripture - to say nothing of what is preached in the mosques - it is the most viciously sectarian of all religions in its heartlessness towards unbelievers”. And that’s before he compared Muslim women to “letterboxes” and “bank robbers”.
On top of all that is the incident first described here on Zelo Street, where Bozo approached Natalie Rowe and brandished a melon at her, making monkey noises as he did so. For him, the idea of interacting normally with her did not enter. And so we come to the Tory conference - and two black delegates applauding his speech.
Bozo marched offstage in the direction of those nearest and dearest to him (at the current time of writing). He briefly embraced already long-suffering partner Carrie Symonds, on whom he has already cheated at least once, and more likely three times. There was a familial handshake with father Stanley. And a brief shake of another delegate’s hand.
Then came the two black delegates, who were faithfully applauding The Great Man. What would Jeremy Corbyn have done? Come to think of it, what would David Cameron have done? Corbyn would have acknowledged both, and shook their hands, instinctively. Young Dave might not have instinctively shaken hands, but he would have done it.
Not Bozo: he blanked both of them. But he did shake the hand of the young white woman who was next in line. It looked bad - because it was bad. It was every confirmation of Bozo’s bigotry in one brief moment of toe-curling embarrassment. Except it clearly did not embarrass him. It came naturally. So his press pals are quiet about it today.
Our Prime Minister is a racist. And he clearly doesn’t mind who knows it.
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