Those opposed to any party that is not the Conservative Party have an infamous track record in trawling social media histories and previous published content in order to attack their targets. How revealing that they are silent today when the boot has been placed so firmly on the other foot, and the back catalogue under examination is that of alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson. It makes for grim reading.
There is, predictably, racism, as the Guardian has reported. “The prime minister has been under pressure in recent months over a series of comments he made during his career as a columnist, writer and editor, including referring to black people as ‘piccaninnies’ with ‘watermelon smiles’ and arguing Islam has caused the Muslim world to be ‘literally centuries behind’ the west”. So what has been excavated?
“The Conservative party leader wrote in a diary piece for the Independent on Sunday in October 1999 that Tony Blair had made people feel good about getting rich. He added: ‘All the young people I know - ie those under 30 - are just as avaricious as we flinty Thatcherite yuppies of the 1980s in fact, they have an almost Nigerian interest in money and gadgets of all kinds.” Stand Up To Racism has rightly condemned the comment.
There was more on the racism front: “On Wednesday Johnson apologised for Islamophobia within the Conservative party”. But not everyone got the message: “the chancellor, Sajid Javid, refused seven times to say whether he would use the terms ‘bank robber’ or ‘letterbox’ to describe Muslim women who wear a burka, as Johnson did last year”. Javid no longer identifies as a Muslim. And it got worse.
Bozo’s time at the Spectator magazine, which he edited for six years, is also coming under scrutiny, as the Independent has now told. “Boris Johnson described the children of single mothers as ‘ill-raised, ignorant, aggressive and illegitimate’ in a newly unearthed article which Labour has claimed shows the prime minister’s ‘dark-age’ attitudes towards women”. Helen Macintyre was, it seems, unavailable for comment.
Plenty of Bozo bigotry from his time here
There was more. “In a column written for The Spectator, the Tory leader said it was ‘outrageous that married couples should pay for ‘the single mothers’ desire to procreate independently of men’ … And he suggested it was ‘feeble’ for a man to be unable or unwilling to ‘take control of his woman’, arguing Britain needed to ‘restore women’s desire to be married’”. Difficult when the father is married to someone else.
And more. "Suggesting swingeing cuts to benefits to tackle teen pregnancy, he wrote: ‘It must be generally plausible that if having a baby out of wedlock meant sure-fire destitution on a Victorian scale, young girls might indeed think twice about having a baby … And yet no government – and certainly no Labour government – will have the courage to make the cuts in the safety net of the viciousness required to provide anything like such a deterrent”.
And yet more. “For the reality, surely, is that nine times out of 10 these girls will go on having babies out of wedlock not because they want to qualify for some state hand-out, but because, in their monotonous and depressing lives, they want a little creature to love”. Labour has condemned that one. Which the party’s researchers have dug out.
His pals do it to their opponents. Bozo can have no complaints when it’s done to him.
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