Monday, February 22, 2016

The Buffoon Show

Does anyone actually give a flying fuck what Boris Johnson thinks about Europe, or anything else for that matter?  Other than the media, that is, who treated his decision to back the 'Out' camp in the forthcoming, entirely unnecessary, In/Out EU referendum as some kind of earth shattering national event, interrupting scheduled TV programming with a newsflash.  Anyone would have thought that we were going to hear the profound thoughts of some leading thinker, considered so intellectual that the entire nation hangs on his every word, eagerly anticipating his next iteration, as it will shape the way they think on the most important issues of the day.  In the event, all we got was some fat over privileged buffoon rambling on in an incoherent mumble - I eventually gathered that what he was trying to say was that he was going to campaign for Britain to leave the EU.  Which means, of course, that the the 'Out' campaign is now being headlined by Nigel Farage, George Galloway and Boris Johnson - three individuals who, collectively, encapsulate what's wrong with contemporary British politics.

All three of these unspeakable characters have, at one time or another, been hailed by various parts of the media as 'populist' politicians, who somehow represent the views and interests of 'real' people better than 'mainstream' politicians.  Except, of course, that none of them are: Farage is a former commodities dealer, Galloway is a confidante of highly dubious Middle Eastern leaders and former leaders, whilst Johnson is an over-ambitious wealthy Old Etonian adulterer and sinister right wing cunt.  His decision to back the 'Out' campaign is pure political expediency: it allows him to take a position which is distinct from that of David Cameron.  Which is important for Boris in order to differentiate himself from the Prime Minister in any future Conservative leadership election.  That's right, I'm saying that Boris Johnson, darling of the media, the 'anti-politics' politician, is prepared to gamble with Britain's economic future in order to further his own political ambitions.  Not that you'll read that in the press or hear it in any TV commentary, because, as ever, Boris is given an easy ride - after all, he's the peoples' favourite, isn't he?  Well, actually I don't think that he is, really.  I think that the London-centric media greatly overestimate the rest of the nation's interest in the Mayor of London.  Indeed, they don't seem to grasp that most of the country see him as some kind of buffoon who has somehow bumbled his way into a position of authority.  They might think him mildly amusing, but are highly unlikely to pay much attention to his views on Europe, or anything else, for that matter.

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