One story has dominated the media this week. It’s the №10 office party that we’ve heard took place last Christmas at a time when gatherings were being strictly regulated. Loved ones were having to face death alone (the most egregious aspect of this sordid affair) while planned family gatherings were abandoned at a time when families sorely needed some together time. The upshot is that Boris Johnson’s reputation as being an unprincipled liar has come into sharp focus.
Collusion by senior government staff and ministers is perfectly transparent. What should also appear obvious is that the mainstream media have known about this for 12 months and only now have decided to spill the beans. It’s pantomime season and it should be clear to anyone with an ounce of political nous that political pantomime is at play here. Boris Johnson’s propensity to lie was stark in the run up to the general election in 2019 yet was downplayed by the press to the point that the election could be said to have been unfair.
It’s no secret that plots are afoot to unseat Mr Johnson who appears to have outlived his usefulness as a populist goon, hiding the nefarious intentions of this Tory government behind his clownish appearance and bumbling rhetoric. It’s an old joke that asks how you tell if a politician is lying (his lips move). Sadly this is the bar that most people set, so that politicians are effectively considered in the same way as magicians where the presentation is everything and the substance is collateral. You would hope the seriousness of our current political malaise would lead to some sort of revolt but instead people find it too overwhelming and so they revert to that “they’re all the same” trope.
Tragically the mainstream media is in bed with the political establishment and it’s becoming increasingly obvious that we, the electorate, are being played like a pantomime audience.
Patience, I’m getting there
The 2010 general election delivered a hung Parliament, basically because the Labour Party looked like it didn’t know what it was doing and the Tories didn’t look any better. We ended up with a coalition that gave the Tories a foot in the door and delivered a poison chalice to the LibDems which deservedly made them toxic in the…