Boris Johnson is 'a blustering bully' says Lynn News columnist
Washed up, by Sarah Juggins
These are very difficult times to be a teacher or a parent, or anyone else who is responsible for passing on moral codes to the next generation.
How is it possible to instil in youngsters the importance of hard work, of telling the truth and of treating everyone as equals as a means to a successful life when at the very pinnacle of public service you have a charlatan like Boris Johnson?
The example the new Prime Minister makes is a shockingly bad one.
His past is well known and continuously raked up by opponents but somehow he seems to have fooled a significant number of his own party into thinking that he is the saviour they have been searching for.
His early days in the post are showing all the signs that the new Prime Minister will carry on exactly as he has done before.
He is a blustering bully whenever he is questioned and he is quick to deflect and ridicule any opposition. He makes complicated issues sound trite and anyone who tries to press him on them is made to sound boring and detail-obsessed.
For example, questioned about the ever-growing wealth inequalities in this country and he answers “It’s being reversed”, and that is the end of the argument.
His glib failure to pay attention to detail means Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe still languishes in an Iranian jail because the then Foreign Secretary said she was a teacher of journalism when, in fact, she was taking her daughter to visit her grandparents.
He gave legitimacy to horrendous racist instincts when he referred to burka-wearing women as looking like “letter boxes”.
And as Kirsty Finch wrote in this paper, Johnson’s message to people suffering mental health issues was to “drown out your sorrows with hard work”.
And in the course of this well-meant advice to those suffering from the awfulness of poor mental health, Johnson used his idol Winston Churchill as an example: “It was with work that Churchill pitchforked off his depression.”
And the good news for us here in West Norfolk is that our MP, Sir Henry Bellingham, welcomes the election of Boris Johnson as party leader and Prime Minister, and will be seeking an early meeting with him to discuss major infrastructure improvements in West Norfolk. Poor deluded Sir Henry.
The only things Boris Johnson will be interested in over the coming months are things that will boost the standing of Boris Johnson. In that respect Sir Henry Bellingham and West Norfolk are non studium excitat!