You’d have to have been living under a rock in the UK for the last two months (or more) if you hadn’t heard somebody discussing Boris Johnson and his bid to become Britain’s new prime minister.
Now that he has secured the necessary votes to secure his new position, there’s been a sudden outpouring of negativity across social media platform, ranging from prophecies of the UK’s future demise to personal slurs against the man himself.
Personally, I don’t really understand what the point is.
It’s not like we really can do anything about it.
Is it really an affront to democracy?
People are getting their knickers in a twist about the fact they never voted for Boris Johnson but the irony is that most of the people that are saying this probably didn’t vote for the Conservatives anyway.
If they did, that means they voted for David Cameron, a man that plunged this country into an economic crisis by engineering the Brexit referendum and walking away, leaving the impossible task of making it happen in the hands of Theresa May.
Constitutionally, it’s never been in the hands of general electorate to select the new leader of the incumbent party (or the opposition, for that matter). That’s always been up to the members of the party itself.
John Major succeeded Magaret Thatcher, Gordon Brown succeeded Tony Blair, and Theresa May succeeded David Cameron all without a general election. This has happened twelve times in the last hundred years so you’d think people would understand how it works by now.
Assumptions about our new PM
Many of the posts I’ve seen have resorted to petty insults and cartoons disparaging Mr Johnson using a wide range of metaphors and insults.
Some describe him as an inept buffoon, others as an elitist snob that cares little about the common man.
Honestly, I think such depictions belittle the posters more than their target. Such negativity about the situation changes nothing and just stokes anger and resentment – of which the world already has a plentiful supply.
The ultimate irony is that such posts are a waste of time and energy because they’ve all been done before during his tenure as the mayor of London and as the foreign secretary.
Categorising him as a bumbling idiot is, in my opinion, a dangerous delusion to buy into. He clearly isn’t an idiot because he’s been able to engineer a situation in which he’s achieved the top job in the country.
If you look at his actions over the last several years, you can almost see an orchestrated scheme to achieve this.
His show-boating during the Brexit campaign, his larger-than-life personality in his various political roles and his careful manipulation of the world’s media to always stay relevant and in the spotlight suggests a man that knows exactly what he’s doing.
I think it’s a mistake to think he’s bumbling, ineffectual, or stupid.
Is he just like Donald Trump?
Many people have been comparing Boris to Donald Trump, in appearance, attitudes and policies.
Yes, he’s said inappropriate things on occasion, using language more expected of a 1950s politician than one in our more enlightened age but I don’t think it’s fair to compare what he’s said with the hateful diatribes of the current US president.
Granted, he has on occasion made chauvinistic statements that the media has been swift to jump upon and disseminate (as well they should) and it will be interesting to see whether his assumed misogyny will be reflected in the selections of his new cabinet.
I can’t deny that he has made many statements that cause me concern, demonstrating a personality that is racist, sexist and homophobic.
When talking about immigration, he’s talked about introducing a points-based system (without going into details) and he’s promised to control numbers but not once (to my knowledge) has he ever singled out a group of people as not being welcome in the UK.
It’s also true that in appearance, they do look a little bit similar but that doesn’t mean they share the same views. Only time will confirm or deny how closely aligned the two men are on their viewpoints.
I really hope they’re nothing alike because that would be catastrophic, leading to a loss of the NHS, increasing poverty within our borders, and being dragged into a conflict with Iran that it would be in our best interests to avoid.
I did think it irksome that Donald Trump would belittle our new Prime Minister by calling him, “Britain Trump”.
Not only does it jar that a world leader would demonstrate such illiterate grammar (“British Trump”, or “Britain’s Trump” would be more correct) but it once again demonstrates the monumental conceit of Mr Trump.
They call him Britain Trump and people are saying that’s a good thing. They like me over there, that’s what they wanted.Donald Trump, speaking to Washington conservative high school students.
I have no idea who “they” are but I’ve yet to meet anyone over here that likes Donald Trump. Maybe I don’t meet enough people.
I found it ironic that Donald Trump of all people would judge Mr Johnson to be “a good man”. In order to apply such a judgement, you’d have to know what a good man is and I doubt that Donald Trump is qualified to be such a judge.
It’s clear Mr Trump only applied that accolade because he believes Mr Johnson to share his policies and considers him easier to manipulate than Theresa May. Again, time will tell if this is the case.
Quite frankly, I think Jeremy Hunt, a man that so callously forced NHS doctors and nurses into Victorian workhouse contracts of employment is far more like Donald Trump and I feel relieved that Hunt has been denied the opportunity to lead the country.
Will this lead to the end of the UK?
There’s been a great deal of speculation that Boris Johnson’s goals will lead to the break-up of the UK.
This is largely attributed to his desire to press on with Brexit, regardless of if it means leaving the EU with a no-deal scenario.
I’m not smart enough to understand all the macroeconomic consequences of leaving the EU without a specific deal but people that do know what they’re talking about have suggested this would be disastrous for the people of Great Britain.
The fact that the people of Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain in Europe has become a rallying cry for another referendum on Scottish independence and I personally think this is fair.
As a country, Scotland voted not to leave Europe so why should the nationalist majority in England have the right to force Scotland to leave the EU?
I can’t help but wonder how many people that voted to leave in Scotland were actually English. For the record, I voted to remain.
As I said about a no-deal Brexit scenario, I don’t know enough about macroeconomics to understand if an independent Scotland is economically viable or practical but I do know that the newspapers will not tell you the truth about Scotland’s likelihood to make it as an independent nation.
Newspapers are owned by men with vast fortunes that dictate what their papers print to further their own interests. You cannot believe a word that is printed in them.
Should Boris Johnson press ahead with a Brexit arrangement that negatively impacts the people of Scotland, I’m sure that a second referendum will be demanded.
Westminster has suggested (actually stated) that they won’t allow it but I’m not sure they can stop it.
The SNP is currently powerful enough, in terms of seats, to cause the government a large degree of inconvenience, especially when you consider that the current government is heavily dependent upon their coalition partners (the DUP) to legislate anything right now.
So, realistically, yes, it’s very possible Boris John’s goal of a no-deal Brexit could destroy The Union.
I’m just not sure that’s a bad thing.
So, what do I actually think?
I’ve tried to be objective when writing this because there’s enough polarisation on the Internet about this issue right now.
Obviously, supporters of the Labour party are going to be blindly opposed to Mr Johnson’s appointment as the new prime minister because it’s not Jeremy Corbyn entering Number 10.
It’s not so clear about where supporters of the Conservative party stand as there are a number of high-profile members of the party that have made their opposition clear (even resigning from their positions in protest).
Personally, I know that as an average citizen of the UK, I have no say in the situation and I’m not going to waste my energy getting upset about it. It is what it is and no amount of protesting is going to change our constitution overnight.
Our political system is very broken and it’s a mockery of democracy.
It’s unlikely, unless Boris Johnson really surprises us all, that the Conservatives will win the next general election in 2022.
Then we’ll have a new government, probably a coalition government formed between the Labour party and another group that will then work to reverse everything this government has done. Then, eventually, the Conservatives will get back in government and do exactly the same.
Our political system is woefully archaic and never represents the views of the general population. It seems that any UK government, once in power, soon forgets the promises made in electoral campaigns.
What I think of Boris Johnson is simple.
I don’t think we really know who is and we’re just going to have to wait and see what happens and hope for the best.
I hope I’m right about him being a very clever man because if he really is the buffoon he’s been playing to date, we’re in trouble.
What do you think?
Do you think Boris Johnson is going to be good or bad for the United Kingdom’s future prospects?
Please leave a comment but remember to be objective!