Boris Johnson turns into Gordon Gekko

by Charlie_East_West on November 28, 2013


I have always been troubled by Boris Johnson. I have always suspected that underneath that Richard Curtis character posh boy buffoonery lies a man with a huge sense of entitlement, supreme ignorance and dubious character. Yesterday, Boris Johnson proved my point once again. This time, he ripped off his comedy face and turned into Gordon Gekko.

In an attempt to further boost up his support on the Tory right while giving the annual Margaret Thatcher speech to the Centre of Policy Studies, Johnson called for the “Gordon Gekkos of London” to display their greed to promote economic growth. Johnson then moved to associate himself with the misplaced spirit of the excesses of 1980’s Thatcherism by stating: “I stress – I don’t believe that economic equality is possible; indeed some measure of inequality is essential for the spirit of envy and keeping up with the Joneses that is, like greed, a valuable spur to economic activity.”

Boris Johnson then went further. Much further. He suggested that the growing chasm between rich and poor is inevitable because millions of people are just too stupid to get on in life. Johnson stated that, “It is surely relevant to a conversation about equality that as many as 16% of our species have an IQ below 85, while about 2% have an IQ above 130. Over 16% anyone? Put up your hands.” He then resumed his speech to talk about the 2% who have an IQ above 130. – “The harder you shake the pack, the easier it will be for some cornflakes to get to the top.”

Also, for good measure, he threw in a spot of anti-immigration propaganda by warning that the accession of Romania to the EU means that London can do nothing to stop the “entire population of Transylvania” from pitching their tents in Marble Arch.

He also called for his raison d’etre – a new airport in the Thames Estuary, to be named the Margaret Thatcher International Airport.

So there you have it. He ticked every single right wing box. Greed. Attacking the poor. Anti-immigration. A love of Margaret Thatcher. Job done.

Boris Johnson is an extremely dangerous man. He is our Berlusconi. He is Teflon coated. He repeatedly gets away with unacceptable behaviour as a public servant because the usual default public response to Boris is along the lines of “Ah well, good old Boris. He seems like a bit of a laugh.” He continues to hoodwink most of the public and media. Instead, I prefer the opinion of Eddie Mair with regards to Boris Johnson: “you’re a nasty piece of work, aren’t you?”

Boris Johnson has absolutely no fucking clue about real life. He is another privately educated, born-to-ruler who in reality, has had every opportunity in life handed to him on a silver platter. Put him in the real world on a level playing field, and he’d be absolutely stuffed.

Boris Johnson should be on the margins of British politics. He is no better than the likes of Godfrey Bloom.

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Eddie Kaye November 28, 2013 at 11:59 am

Put him in Lime St Station for an hour, see how long he lasts! We have the case against the Tories in a nutshell here – idolising a character who was clearly the antagonist in his particular movie. A well played character portrayed by a talented actor, no more – the same could be said for General Zod, The Joker, Blofeld, Frank in Once Upon a Time in the West…but noone is using them as a rallying call for their toxic ideology! Boris is a wanker pure and simple!


Mike Killingworth November 28, 2013 at 2:13 pm

No, Eddie, wankers are idiots and as such not dangerous – hence the separate lists here for Prats and Villains. BoJo has now definitely revealed himself as the latter – more a potential Mussolini than a Berlusconi.

Let’s do a thought experiment. BoJo has reached #10 a while back and now his popularity is slipping. He tells his chef du cabinet to organise a finely graded trawl through the tax records, police contacts, objections by Party Members, commenters on blogs (Mike Smithson’s site will do for a start, along with ConHome) etc etc of everyone like Eddie Marr (and indeed you and I) who has been, how shall I put this, less than kind to him.

Do you think that’s credible – or am I fantasizing?)


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