We have all known A Boris. He was or is your inept boss. Or the flirt who sticks his hand down his pants at the bosses party. Or the clown who falls asleep in the middle of 2001 and covers up by telling everyone that it was a robust, moving motion picture depicting monkeys who discovered fire. He is also the guy who knows exactly what question or compliment to make to ensure he appears superior to everyone and anyone.
The impish, intelligent, self-righteous buffoon who knows more about everything than anyone in the room, no matter the room, and he is not afraid to tell everyone in the room that this is The Truth.
Like those who oppose Trump, there are many who mock Boris who will no doubt think that they can shame him or convince him to be something or someone else, but it is not to be. Who would buy a car from this man. Or give him a smoke. Or apologise if you were to spill a pint in his lap.
He will never answer a straight question. He will never give a flying fuck if you detest him. Or mock him. Why should he! He has become Prime Minister of a once-vibrant country for doing little more than Being Boris.
He is a portly inane Svengali, leading stray underlings to the centre of the highway and then leaving them there to fend for themselves.
The only good thing you can say about his anointment is that The People cannot be held accountable for turning over the keys to The Class Clown. That honour belongs solely to his pathetic, equally inane party.
And the only good way out of this horrid mess is if he is ousted before he can ever advance to the dispatch box. Even once. And make no mistake, he could face a vote of no confidence in September. And it might be led by members of his own party!
And finally, no matter how this plays out, keep an eye on Scotland. There are indications that they may have had enough of this nonsense. He would not take credit for such a move but Lord knows he should.
Please check Sky News for an excellent doc on this topic which at this moment has not been posted online.
23 July 2019 | Jason Farrell | Sky News
He is the biggest pre-existing celebrity to walk into Number 10 as a new prime minister, so at first this question might seem absurd – but who is Boris Johnson?
And how exactly did he become prime minister?
His director of communications, Will Walden, remembers the scene.
“The then-home secretary Theresa May is standing very close to him.
“And when things get agitated you see the home secretary walk backwards and you see him walk forwards, toward the crowd.
“And I think that’s very Boris.
“It’s about saying ‘you know I’m not going to shy away from the responsibility here, I’m going to take you on head on’…. It’s very instinctive.”
Moments later he is handed a broom – one of many props Boris Johnson would go on to hold while making a speech.
By the time he had finished telling the crowd how admiring he was of London’s resilience, the jeers had turned to cheers.
The man whose elitism lost him his first attempt at Oxford Union president had developed a common touch.
His liberal conservatism won over Labour-minded Londoners to get him elected twice as London mayor.
During the 2012 Olympics, he practically became poster boy for the campaign.
Again, it came from a moment of instinct when he was called to the stage at a concert in Hyde Park, just after US presidential candidate Mitt Romney said London was not ready for the games.
“We’ve not been told he had to say anything,” says his communications director of the time Will Walden.
“It was completely off the cuff and classically Boris managed to turn things around very, very quickly and he just marched on the stage and he basically had a proper go at Romney.
“And it made headlines all around the world. I think that’s just pure political instinct.”
The crowd in Hyde Park went wild.
His other former director of communications, Guto Harri, describes the scene: “He held the crowd saying ‘There’s some guy called Romney. He wonders if we’re ready. Are we ready? We’re ready. Tell Mitt Romney again. Are we ready? We’re ready.”
“That was for me, peak Boris.”
Harri adds: “The connection with people has got to be an advantage when you are trying to decide which way to go and that perhaps explains why he tapped into something with Brexit that eluded other politicians.
“Somehow his political antennae were sharper.”
“Much as I disagree with the idea of Brexit, I have to acknowledge that maybe he is in tune with the population and I’m not.”
ACT 3: Vote Leave
Launched in Truro, Vote Leave’s battle bus greatest had in it the country’s greatest political salesman and, of course, one of the most controversial, disputed messages in campaigning history
This was a transformation for Brand Boris.
For those supporting Leave, he was becoming more heroic.
But for Remain supporters – many of them Londoners who elected him mayor – the 350 million figure on his bus was misleading.
The UK had a rebate and money returned in subsidies – £350m could not go to the NHS.
Boris Johnson had written two articles to help him decide whether to back Leave or Remain.
Some questioned whether re-positioning himself was just a political calculation, creating the very chaos in which only he thrives.
Will Walden says: “I know Boris wrote the two articles to compare the arguments because that’s what all great writers do – they have a look at the arguments and I think it’s just sensible preparation.
“Did I ever think that that other article that you wrote was going to be the one that ended up in The Daily Telegraph?
“Not a chance.
“And I think you could argue that it was probably a career-limiting move doing what he was doing at the time.
“I think everybody felt that it wasn’t possible that Leave could win.”
But Johnson’s co-star on Have I Got News For You sees it differently.
Ian Hislop says: “I think he made an absolute decision.
“What would benefit him more – Leave or Remain.
“And he went for the maximum self-interest, which at that point was to be seen as someone who’d voted on the Leave side, but with any luck they wouldn’t actually win the referendum.
“Then he wouldn’t have to do anything and he could play the martyr and destabilise his old school buddy and get rid of Cameron, then come in as the person who’d always had the right views and could have that side of the party.
“So I think it was naked political calculation.”
But after winning the referendum, Johnson pulled out of the immediate leadership race having lost the support of his ally Michael Gove.
Later he would destabilise Cameron’s successor Theresa May by resigning as foreign secretary when she pitched her deal to leave the EU.
The implication, as with Cameron’s EU negotiations, was that he could have done better.
That is now the expectation of his supporters – that he can jump the bar he has helped set and deliver Brexit
ACT 4: Jumping the Bar
Act Four is still to come.
It could be argued that in quieter times, the Conservatives would not have dared back Boris Johnson to lead them.
But in chaos, he bobs to the surface.
Boris Johnson has not just created his own persona but helped create the conditions for Boris Johnson to become prime minister.
With that comes his risk-taking style – what he is offering to the EU negotiations is pure brinkmanship.
He will forcefully threaten no-deal with the belief that the EU will swerve first in this game of chicken.
He has been raised with the confidence to think he can achieve anything.
Be that beating his siblings in a race as a child, conquering the Oxford Union, becoming mayor, or opposing his prime minister in the referendum.
But there are questions now as to whether that confidence is over-inflated.
“He has the same deck of cards that Theresa May had,” says Guto Harri.
“He’s obviously a much better political player. He’s more persuasive. He’s more ruthless, more charismatic. He’s more creative.
“But none of us know how the Brexit story ends.”
His biographer Sonia Purnell fears his limitations.
“They (the Conservative members) think he has a magic wand and in some way that kind of celebrity star does whatever it is.
“That magic potion that he has will be sort of sprinkled over the country and will just kind of emerge in some wonderful way and all these Brexit worries will disappear.
“But he is only human.”
But Toby Young is more optimistic.
He says: “I think given how hard he’s been preparing for this moment, given that he’s sort of always had his eye on this prize, given that he doesn’t just want to be famous in his lifetime but immortal.
“He wants to stand amongst the immortals historically and be a world historical individual.
“I think he’s less likely to drop the ball this time. You know, it really matters.
“This is his moment. This is the test.”
The great showman now has to deliver.
And let’s be honest, he’s become prime minister because Conservative members simply had to know – can he really do what he says he can do?
Original Link: Becoming Boris Johnson: His rise to PM in four acts