Tobes was abandoning alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, a move he had already signposted in the increasingly alt-Right Spectator magazine, telling his followers “What on earth happened to the freedom-loving, twinkly-eyed, Rabelaisian character I voted for? Oliver Hardy has left the stage, replaced by Oliver Cromwell”.
Quite apart from the minor point that Stan and Ollie were not politicians, this makes little sense, but being given the floor by the singularly repellant Dan Wootton suggests that the Murdoch mafiosi may be about to make its move, to ditch Bozo in favour of Rupe’s favoured Prime Ministerial selection, Michael “Oiky” Gove (no, don’t laugh).
The full “interview” - more Wootton leading Tobes to vent his spleen - is fascinating for its pressing of all the right buttons. “I fought in Boris’ corner for a long time … always maintained he’d make a great leader of the Conservative Party … always been a huge booster of Boris … he is the man to steer Britain into the post-Brexit promised land”.
Yes, he’s away with the fairies, and there is more. “It is with enormous regret that I’ve come to this conclusion … the rot set in before he got ill [with Covid-19]”. At this point, Tobes departs from the real world, but that never got in the way of a Murdoch endorsement. “In March, when he initially seemed to embrace a herd immunity strategy, and talked about ‘taking it on the chin’, I was incredibly proud. I was thinking ‘that’s the Boris I voted for’ … let’s not toss our hard-won liberties out of the window”.
He then concedes that we did not know how deadly Covid-19 was, demonstrating the height of irresponsibility, but then, Tobes never has to answer for that. Carry on: “Then suddenly there was this … U-Turn … lockdown … liberties suspended, economy crashed … to hell with the public health consequences [!] … [Covid-19] much less dangerous than we thought … it looks like Sweden have got it right”. He wasn’t finished.
“Having made this colossal error, maybe the biggest policy error in … peacetime, they’re about to repeat it … Covid marshals … Boris is a libertarian, Boris is this great Rabelaisian, Falstaffian figure, he’s a seaside postcard come to life, he’s not someone who wants to turn Britain into a nation of curtain-twitching Stasi wannabes”. Enough already!
Yes, Tobes has come to his conclusion via a false premise - that Covid-19 is nothing really. But that a Murdoch property has given “Westminster’s village idiot” free rein to tell the world that Bozo no longer has his support is what is significant. Tobes knows that there would be no difference in the decisions dispensed by a Gove Government. The point is the very public abandonment of Bozo, the first brick out of the supporting wall.
And thus the clock is now ticking on this brief yet disastrous Premiership. Creepy Uncle Rupe has anointed every PM since 1979. Or, when they become disposable, not.
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