We know the question is being asked, because it is already being rebutted, but here a problem enters: the pundit selected to bat for Bozo is just a little too obvious. Also, his schtick should convince no-one. The obvious part is that James Forsyth has been sent out to bat for Bozo. His wife Allegra Stratton is a spokesperson for, er, Bozo.
Moreover, it is the Murdoch Times which is carrying the propaganda, headlined “Johnson is not Trump’s transatlantic twin … The Prime Minister has a lot in common with the President but our party system is a safeguard against toxic populism”. So how did that “toxic populism” propel Bozo to power in December 2019, then?
Panto (Oh Yes He Is)
Also, our party system, as Forsyth puts it, was no safeguard against his pals in our free and fearless press, and their hangers-on, effectively deciding who should govern the UK after the 2010 General Election resulted in a hung parliament. Or, indeed, after the 2017 contest ended similarly. Forsyth’s presence in a draughty glasshouse was soon rumbled.
Mic Wright was dismissive. “How do I know? I asked my wife. And then I asked my best friend Rishi Sunak who says his boss is brilliant”. And Matthew Goodwin’s shameless crawling - “Good piece on lazy ‘Boris is Trump’ nonsense. I'd go further. Johnson is socially liberal at heart, Trump is authoritarian. Johnson is instinctive free trader, Trump is protectionist. Johnson is pro-migration at heart, Trump is xenophobe” - fell flat.
Indeed, as Seb Dance put it, “If he’s pro-Brexit then he’s not ‘pro-migration’; if he’s anti single-market then he’s not a ‘free trader’ and if he’s willing to fan the flames of nationalism then he’s not ‘socially liberal’”. Jon Worth concluded “Think tank grifter, employed by an institute close to the Tory right, complements puff journalism by the husband of Johnson's press secretary, and is categoric about what Johnson thinks when there's plenty of evidence to the contrary … UK political ‘debate’”.
The reality is that Trump and Bozo are all too alike, and that is why Forsyth had to put out his prebuttal. Both are appallingly vain, right down to the Trump hair weave and Bozo roughing up his hair to disguise the onset of male pattern baldness. Both are needy and narcissistic, craving attention and praise, and not wanting to hear criticism. They have lived their lives without someone there to stand up to them and say No.
That is why Bozo has surrounded himself with a cabinet of sycophants, appointed because of their loyalty to him and not for their competence. It is why he, like Trump, is swayed by the last voice to have his ear. It is also, whisper it quietly, why the crawlers in our free and fearless press and elsewhere in the media class must devote so much time shoring up the myth of The Great Leader, a reincarnation of Churchill. Which is total bunk.
Boris Johnson is indeed like Trump. Which is another reason we are totally screwed.
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