On Being Boris

Boris Johnson’s dad Stanley

suggested that the UK public lacks basic knowledge when speaking live on the 29 November edition of BBC‘s Victoria Derbyshire. And his comments reveal what his family and the Conservative Party think about the British public, it “Doesn’t have that “degree of literacy”!

Responding to a comment from a viewer that branded his son “Pinocchio”, Stanley Johnson said “That requires a degree of literacy which I think the Great British public doesn’t necessarily have”.

The now prime minister wrote that working class men are “likely to be drunk, criminal, aimless, feckless and hopeless”

in a 1995 magazine column. He also wrote that the children of single mothers are “ill-raised, ignorant, aggressive and illegitimate”.

Mr Johnson has refused to apologise for the remarks.

Boris Johnson was educated at Eton and is apparently a descendant of King George II who begat King George III (enough said!). And it goes beyond Boris Johnson’s words and upbringing. Austerity policies have also reflected the classism of the Johnson family, the Conservative Party as a whole, and many Labour Party members too. In 2015, it was reported that the UK’s richest 1,000 families increased their wealth by almost £500bn since the financial crash, while the majority of us have faced brutal austerity cuts.

But there is a website called “Boris Johnson Lies” that documents pages and pages of what it calls outright lies from the Conservative leader. These span from claims about how many hospitals the Conservatives will build, to denying he said things he categorically has said to even lying about giving up drinking.

As for the working class propensity to be drunk, criminal, feckless and hopeless, is that so different from elected Members of Parliament with their expenses scandals, their drunken episodes and their lies and cheating?  Come next week we will have elected 650 more of the same!


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