FEW POLITICIANS like to be made fun of. Even fewer can stomach a character assassination. It takes a singular statesman to announce a leadership bid mere days after the premiere of a satirical play labelling him “one of the most divisive politicians of our time”. At the Park Theatre in London “The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson” dramatises the fateful dinner party in 2016 at which Mr Johnson (Will Barton), goaded by fellow Tory MP Michael Gove (Dugald Bruce-Lockhart) and Evgeny Lebedev (Tim Wallers), a media mogul, decided to campaign for Brexit. Its second act imagines the fall-out in 2029, when Johnson is weighing up his chances of gaining power on a platform of “Breentry”. Written by Jonathan Maitland, a former BBC journalist, the play’s stated aim is to peel back Mr Johnson’s buffoonish exterior to expose a man “substantially motivated by personal ambition”. Throughout the play the character is haunted by the ghosts of … [Read more...] about “The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson” is a toothless satire
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James Kirkup 21 May 2019 2:54 PM 21 May 2019 2:54 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp The current Westminster consensus that Boris Johnson is the next Tory leader and prime minister raises all sorts of thoughts. Among them is to speculate about the sheer terror this consensus should strike in the man himself, given that Westminster consensus has been wrong about basically everything in the last three years. For what it’s worth, I also think Johnson is the favourite to replace Theresa May, but I also thought Remain would win the referendum, that May could never be PM, and that she would win her general election with an increased majority. I suspect most of the people now sagely tipping Johnson as a dead cert made similar predictions. But we are where we are, and so all the chat around the Commons is about prime minister Boris Johnson. Would he govern as a reckless populist, delighting the Tory membership by driving … [Read more...] about Can Brexiteers trust Boris Johnson to deliver a ‘real’ Brexit?
Sajid Javid has suggested he could have ended up in a life of crime, having grown up in a poor neighbourhood where fellow pupils shoplifted and were recruited by drug dealers. In a speech on tackling serious violence, the home secretary launched an enthusiastic defence of stop and search, a police tactic discouraged by Theresa May because of the divisive effect on communities. Javid said crime had overtaken health as one of the biggest public concerns, and that seeing the faces of victims of knife crime made him fear for his own children. Javid’s first major speech on crime, with its deeply personal tone, was his first public salvo in the Conservative leadership race, one where he has slipped behind more organised rivals, such as Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt and Dominic Raab. Hunt, like Javid, aims to present himself as a Tory moderate who embraced Brexit. MPs have suggested the home secretary lacks “a front story” that sets out a distinctive political agenda – a … [Read more...] about Sajid Javid: ‘I could have had a life of crime’
A TV car show host has admitted secretly dipping his member in Boris Johnson’s pint. Fuzz Townshend, 54 — invited for a drink with Boris by mutual friends — sneaked into the pub loos with the Brexit boss’s beer after buying a round. Fuzz, of TV’s Car SOS on the National Geographic Channel, said: “I dipped my knob in Boris’s pint then went out and handed it to him. It was just a prank.” He said: “Boris arrived as it was my round. So I said ‘Would you like a drink?’ I was drinking a pint of real ale and he said ‘What’s that like?’ I said it was pretty good so he said ‘I’ll have one of those.’ “I went to the bar but the barrel had to be changed so I brought out my friends drinks — they were on gin and tonics, something like that. “Then I had to go back in for the pints. I got the pints and as I turned round I noticed that to my left was the gents’ toilets. “I … [Read more...] about Car SOS host Fuzz Townshend reveals he secrety dipped his willy in Boris Johnson’s pint as a prank
BRITAIN stands humiliated on the world stage, its Prime Minister distrusted by her own MPs and begging for help from a Marxist leader of an anti-Semitic party who is pledged to destroy her. Three long years after the UK voted Out, demoralised Tories fear election defeat and the extinction of their party. Yet despite clarion calls for her to go, Theresa May clings to office. She promises to quit Downing Street, but only when she is ready. Nothing less than a full-scale Cabinet revolt, or a mass protest by Tory MPs, will persuade her to go sooner. Her aim is to make it to the Tory Party conference in October — just as her 12 months’ grace expires after the last failed leadership challenge — and wave goodbye to a grateful party on her own terms. Increasingly angry critics want this over and done with. Which explains why so many are “buying Boris”. Until recently, BoJo’s dream of another bid for the top job looked fanciful. Remainers — including … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson’s back as The Leaver Leader as Tories fear election defeat and the extinction of their party