“It is easy to make promises, it is hard work to keep them”

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson

“Most politicians are ambiguous and ruthless, but Boris is a gold medal egomaniac. I would not trust hime with my wife nor – from painful experience – my wallet.

His chaotic public persona os not an act – he is, indeed, manically disorganised about everything except his own image management. He is also a far more ruthless, and frankly nastier, figure than the public appreciates.

[Johnson] would make a wretched prime minister. He is not a man to believe in, to trust or respect, save as a superlative exhibitionist. He is bereft of judgment, loyalty and discretion. Only in the star-crazed, frivolous Britain of the 21st century could such a man have risen so high, and he is utter unfit to go higher still”

~ Max Hastings, Former employer of Boris Johnson writing in The Guardian

23.6.2019 – Boris Johnson is so out of touch with his Brexit plan, even Liam Fox thinks it’s rubbish

Boris Johnson’s claim that world trade rules could be used after Brexit to avoid tariffs “isn’t true“, cabinet minister Liam Fox has said.

The international trade secretary, who is backing Jeremy Hunt for leader, said the EU will apply trade tariffs. Mr Fox, a Brexiteer, said he would prefer to leave with a deal and Mr Hunt has a “good chance” of getting one.

Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Mr Fox rejected Mr Johnson’s claim that the UK could secure a 10-year standstill in current arrangements using an article of the EU’s General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade known as “Gatt 24”.

“It isn’t true, that’s the problem,” he said.

Mr Fox said Mr Johnson’s argument that a new free trade agreement could be negotiated during an implementation period “doesn’t actually hold”. “If you don’t get the withdrawal agreement through Parliament, there is no implementation period during which we can do anything at all,” he said. “Secondly, if we leave the European Union without a deal the EU will apply tariffs to the UK because you can only have exemptions, as described, if you already have a trade agreement to go to. “Clearly if we leave without a deal it’s self-evident we don’t have that agreement, so Article 24 doesn’t hold in that circumstance.”

Justice Secretary David Gauke, who had been backing Rory Stewart for leader until the international development secretary’s elimination, also criticised Mr Johnson’s Brexit plan, saying it was not “credible”.

And Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday that choosing Mr Johnson as prime minister would be “disastrous” for the Conservatives, particularly in Scotland – which voted to remain in the EU. When asked what she thought of SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford’s comments during PMQs last week that Mr Johnson was a “racist”, she said: “I agree with Ian Blackford’s comments.”


23.6.2019 – Boris Johnson’s links to US alt-right proto-fascist Steve Bannon

“‘Let them call you racist…Wear it as a badge of honour” ~ Steve Bannon addressing National Front rally with Marine Le Pen.”

When David Lammy MP called out Boris Johnson’s links with hard right, white supremacist Steve Bannon in April 2018, Johnson branded it a “lefty delusion”. Yet today proof emerged on film following Bannon’s interview with film maker Alison Klayman, while shooting her forthcoming documentary, The Brink. It turns out Steve Bannon helped write Johnson’s resignation speech. “You are a pathological liar, unfit to serve.” was the response from Lammy.

It’s not just that this link to Bannon, like so many things, is something he has denied. It was nothing more than “a lefty delusion”, he said last summer. And even up until last week, his team was keeping to the line that the contact was restricted to “one text – an invitation to meet that Johnson declined”.

When told there was a video of Bannon talking about it, his advisers changed track. A spokesman told the Observer that the idea of him taking advice from Bannon was “preposterous to the point of conspiracy”. He conspicuously failed to repeat the previous denials about the pair being in touch, however.

But Johnson has been caught in lies before and shrugged them off. It’s why Bannon compares him to Trump. He has described him as “one of the most important persons on the world stage today” and drawn the obvious comparison: “Look at some of the scandals around Trump – the sexism and racism. Nothing sticks. You can’t lay a glove on him.”

But what’s new and potentially toxic for Johnson is what the apparent relationship with Bannon says about him. Johnson’s love life is once again dominating the news, but it’s his engagement with populist far-right politics and rhetoric that could and should worry other people more.

Source: The Guardian | Byline Times


22.6.2019 – Police called to Boris Johnson’s home following heated row

Police were called to the home of Boris Johnson and his partner, Carrie Symonds, in the early hours of Friday [21 June 2019] morning after neighbours heard a loud altercation involving screaming, shouting and banging. The argument could be heard outside the property where the potential future prime minister is living with Symonds, a former Conservative party head of press.

A neighbour told the Guardian they heard a woman screaming followed by “slamming and banging”. At one point Symonds could be heard telling Johnson to “get off me” and “get out of my flat”.

The neighbour said that after becoming concerned they knocked on the door but received no response. “I [was] hoping that someone would answer the door and say ‘We’re okay’. I knocked three times and no one came to the door.”

The neighbour decided to call 999. Two police cars and a van arrived within minutes, shortly after midnight, but left after receiving reassurances from both the individuals in the flat that they were safe.

When contacted by the Guardian on Friday, police initially said they had no record of a domestic incident at the address. But when given the case number and reference number, as well as identification markings of the vehicles that were called out, police issued a statement saying: “At 00:24hrs on Friday, 21 June, police responded to a call from a local resident in [south London]. The caller was concerned for the welfare of a female neighbour.

Source: The Guardian

Personality

Boris Johnson’s biographer: “I know too well the fire and fury lurking behind that smile”

No one who has witnessed Boris’s rage and the way he uses women will be surprised by the explosive row. A personality cult has veiled his true nature, says Sonia Purnell.

Excepts from 23.6.2019 Article in the Times

“Boris Johnson can change from bonhomie to a dark fury in seconds. His normally joky demeanour flashes into a sarcastic snarl, his skin reddens and blotches, his eyes dart into an intense narrow glare and on the worst occasions his lips curl back to reveal wisps of spittle. The all-out favourite to be our next prime minister has the fiercest and most uncontrollable anger I have seen. A terrifying mood change can be triggered instantly by the slightest challenge to his entitlement or self-worth.

It was the sight of Boris Johnson in full flow that convinced me all those years ago in the 1990s, when I worked alongside him in Brussels reporting on the EU for The Daily Telegraph, that he was temperamentally unsuitable to be entrusted with any position of power, let alone the highest office of all, in charge of the United Kingdom and its nuclear codes.

Even the Court of Appeal expressed concerns in a judgment in 2013 on whether a gagging order should be granted to prevent publication of a story concerning his love child with an art consultant, Helen Macintyre. A senior judge raised questions about his fitness for power because of his “recklessness” about pregnancy and the feelings of others when conducting “extramarital adulterous liaisons”. Although Johnson never comments publicly about the number of his children, he is thought to have six, only four of whom are by his estranged wife Marina Wheeler, a top QC.

Johnson has long been feared for his temper and sense of grievance. Indeed, when I was researching my book Just Boris: A Tale of Blond Ambition, the wife of one of his Bullingdon Club cohorts at Oxford (a wealthy man in a powerful job) said her husband “would not speak about Boris even off the record as he is frightened of what he might do back. A lot of people are.” Several people warned me to be “careful” if I criticised him.

His attitude to women — endless affairs leaving a string of women and at least one pregnancy termination behind him — has long been one of entitlement and lack of respect. He has boasted to other men that he needs plenty of women on the go as he is, as he says crudely, “bursting with spunk”. Over many years — going back to his youth where he expected girlfriends to pay for him and do his washing and cleaning while enduring his infidelity — the signs have been there. There was a reported affair with the journalist Anna Fazackerley and the mother of one mistress, Petronella Wyatt (then a writer at The Spectator), picked up the bill for an abortion. Macintyre’s boyfriend paid the private hospital expenses for the birth of his baby.

Certainly, Johnson’s former Commons secretary Melissa Crawshay-Williams was in fear of his outbursts. “Eighty per cent of the time working with him was wonderful,” she said. “The other 20% was terrible. Boris would swear a lot when he was frustrated.” She recounted how he often banged the table in anger so hard that once he nearly broke a bone.

Mark Stanway, a sub-editor at the Telegraph, endured years of late copy that prevented him from getting home on time. The editor, Charles Moore, eventually tired of such discourtesy and one week discarded his copy. “Boris went completely ape. He phoned me f-ing and c-ing,” Stanway recalled. “I said it wasn’t my decision. Boris has a ferocious temper. He is not a cuddly teddy bear.”


Serial Liar

Extracts from an article in The Independent 24 May 2019

Boris Johnson was sacked from his job at The Times newspaper over allegations he fabricated a quote from his godfather, the historian Colin Lucas, for a front-page article about the discovery of Edward II’s Rose Palace. “The trouble was that somewhere in my copy I managed to attribute to Colin the view that Edward II and Piers Gaveston would have been cavorting together in the Rose Palace,” he claimed. Alas, Gaveston was executed 13 years before the palace was built. “It was very nasty,” Mr Johnson added, before attempting to downplay it as nothing more than a schoolboy blunder.

After leaving the Times, Mr Johnson moved to The Daily Telegraph, working as the publication’s Brussels correspondent between 1989 and 1994. 
His articles, like those in several other Eurosceptic newspapers, contained many of the claims widely described as “Euromyths”, including plans to introduce same-size “eurocoffins”, establish a “banana police force” to regulate the shape of the curved yellow fruit, and ban prawn cocktail crisps.

Mr Johnson became editor of the Spectator in 1999 after telling owner Conrad Black, who was later convicted of fraud, that he would not pursue a political career. This promise was broken in 2001 when he won election as Conservative MP for Henley in Oxfordshire.Three years later he was forced to apologise for an article in the magazine which blamed drunken Liverpool fans for the 1989 Hillsborough disaster and suggested that the people of the city were wallowing in their victim status.

Michael Howard gave Boris Johnson two new jobs after becoming leader of the Conservatives in 2003 – party vice-chairman and shadow arts minister. He was sacked from both positions in November 2004 after assuring Mr Howard that tabloid reports of his affair with Spectator columnist Petronella Wyatt were false and an “inverted pyramid of piffle”. When the story was found to be true, he refused to resign.

Mr Johnson’s fondness for fallacy continued as London Mayor. Having promised in his 2008 manifesto to ensure there would be manned ticket offices at every train station, he agreed to widespread closures to pay for a 24-hour tube. He promised to eradicate rough sleeping by 2012, only for it to double during his leadership. He was also accused of telling “barefaced lies” after he stated that police numbers would increase in London despite government cuts.

Launching the Vote Leave bus tour, Mr Johnson returned to the scene of his earlier falsehoods by repeating his old allegations that the EU was setting rules on the shape of bananas. He also backed the infamous claim on the side of the bus that the UK was sending £350m a week to the EU, followed by “let’s fund our NHS instead”. The UK Statistics Authority issued an official statement in May 2016 describing the claim as “misleading”, but Mr Johnson repeated it in an article in the Telegraph in September 2017. The article has since been taken down and Mr Johnson is facing a private prosecution over claims he deliberately lied during the campaign.

In January Boris Johnson claimed he did not mention Turkey during the referendum after it was suggested he falsely claimed 80 million Turks would come to Britain unless the UK left the EU. In fact, he co-signed a letter stating that “the only way to avoid having common borders with Turkey is to vote Leave and take back control”. The Vote Leave campaign also produced a poster reading: “Turkey (population 76 million) is joining the EU”…


Racist and Xenophobic

Boris Johnson has been labelled ‘racist’ in the House of Commons by the Scottish National party’s Westminster leader, who said the Conservative leadership frontrunner was ‘unfit’ to be prime minister. Ian Blackford asked Theresa May if she agreed with Johnson that the Scottish people were a verminous race who should be ‘exterminated’, referring to a poem published in the Spectator when Johnson was the magazine’s editor.
Source: The Guardian

Writing in his column for the Daily Telegraph, when he was criticising then-prime minister Tony Blair and his trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2002, the future foreign secretary referred to “watermelon smiles” and “piccaninnies”. Johnson wrote: “They say he is shortly off to the Congo. No doubt the AK47s will fall silent, and the pangas will stop their hacking of human flesh, and the tribal warriors will all break out in watermelon smiles to see the big white chief touch down in his big white British taxpayer-funded bird… What a relief it must be for Blair to get out of England. It is said that the Queen has come to love the Commonwealth, partly because it supplies her with regular cheering crowds of flag-waving piccaninnies; and one can imagine that Blair, twice victor abroad but enmired at home, is similarly seduced by foreign politeness.”

Source: Daily Telegraph | Huffpost

August 2018 saw Boris Johnson write a controversial letter to the Daily . Telegraph. He said schools and universities should be able to take the same approach if a student “turns up … looking like a bank robber”. Mr Johnson argued the niqab was “oppressive” and it was “absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes”. His comments were later used in racist abuse against muslims.

As Johnson faced investigation by the Conservative party, 100 British Muslim women who wear the burqa or niqab wrote a letter to the Conservative chairman, Brandon Lewis, demanding the former foreign secretary be kicked out of the party. They agreed with the Conservative peer, Mohamed Iltaf Sheikh, who called for Johnson to have the whip removed. “Such vile language which has real consequences for us, should never be acceptable,” they wrote.

Nevertheless, Johnson was cleared by the investigation, has refused to apologise for his language, and when asked about it at his leadership launch this week, insisted: “I will continue to speak as directly as I can.”

Source: New Statesman

Vote Leave’s “Project Hate”

Look at the Vote Leave Facebook adverts alongside their more public propaganda, and you see quite how much it promoted racist ideas. Boris Johnson’s weaponisation of the burqa came on the heels of new revelations about the propaganda strategy of the Vote Leave campaign which he fronted in the 2016 referendum. I argued here at the time that Vote Leave’s official television advertisement, the most high-profile item of Leave propaganda, was a skillful racist amalgam.

During the referendum, we knew that Vote Leave was sending a huge number of targeted social media messages. Its strategist Dominic Cummings now says there were 1.5 billion, with a large number directed at just 7 million voters in the final days of the campaign, but these were under the radar for pro-EU observers in 2016. 

However, following the twin scandals around Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and AggregateIQ, and Vote Leave’s breaches of election spending laws, Facebook supplied Vote Leave’s advertisements to Westminster’s Media, Culture and Sport committee. It is now possible to see that the TV ad was the centrepiece of a vast multimedia effort centred on a nuanced orchestration of racism to swing the Brexit vote.

Source: Open Democracy

Demonizing minorities for political gain

Straight out of the Nazi propaganda playbook, right wing tabloid newspapers including the Daily Mail, The Sun and Daily Express have consistently fanned the flames of religious and racial intolerance, creating an ideal environment of low level hatred and distrust of immigrants for the Leave campaigns to provide their simplistic and largely impossible solution. 

See full article here


Homophobic slurs

In his newspaper columns, Johnson referred to gay people as “tank-topped bum boys” and attacked “Labour’s appalling agenda, encouraging the teaching of homosexuality in schools.”

He also hit out at same-sex unions in his book Friends, Voters, Countrymen, published in 2001. Johnson claimed: “If gay marriage was OK – and I was uncertain on the issue – then I saw no reason in principle why a union should not be consecrated between three men, as well as two men, or indeed three men and a dog.”

Despite his obvious homophobic and anti-LGBT Johnson has in later years been more liberal in his views. But Johnson’s loose talk costs lives and makes him unfit for high office.

Source: Pink News


Incompetence

Extracts from The Conversation and Huffpost

Insulting the Turkish President

Boris Johnson’s foreign office career didn’t get off to a good start, even before he was appointed. His ‘award winning’ rhyme about the Turkish President, published in the Spectator, wasn’t perhaps the best thought-out diplomacy from one of Her Majesty’s Government:

There was a young fellow from Ankara
Who was a terrific wankerer.
Till he sowed his wild oats,
With the help of a goat,
But he didn’t even stop to thankera.

Libya ‘Dead Bodies’ Remark

Johnson made a joke about the “dead bodies” getting in the way of businesses investing in Libya after its bloody civil war.Speaking on the fringes of the Conservative Party conference last year, he said British businesses wanted to invest in the North African country. “They have a got brilliant vision to turn Sirte, with the help of the municipality of Sirte, into the next Dubai. “The only thing they’ve got to do is clear the dead bodies,” he said. Johnson added Libya was a “incredible place” with “brilliant young people”. Emily Thornberry, Labour’s shadow foreign secretary, said Johnson’s joke was “unbelievably crass, callous and cruel”.

Risking Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s Safety

The MP made a diplomatic blunder over the British charity worker being held in a brutal Iran prison. He told MPs that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been “teaching people journalism” – remarks that were seized on by the Iranian regime as proof that she was “spreading propaganda” against the state. Nazanin was on a family holiday in Iran last year when she was arrested for spying in Tehran, a claim vigorously denied by the British government and her family. Her employers Thomson-Reuters Foundation urged Johnson to “correct the serious mistake he made” amid fears it would extend her jail term. She remains in jail.

The ‘Prosecco Insult’

Johnson got into a row with an Italian minister after he warned prosecco sales would be dented if the country failed to cut a favourable Brexit deal for the UK. Carlo Calenda accused the Foreign Secretary of “insulting” Italy, and countered that the UK would see “fish and chips exports” hit at the same time in a conversation that appears to have been conducted exclusively in national stereotypes. Calenda, economic development minister, told Bloomberg TV: “He basically said, ’I don’t want free movement of people but I want the single market.” “I said, ‘no way.’ He said, ‘you’ll sell less prosecco.’ I said, ‘OK, you’ll sell less fish and chips, but I’ll sell less prosecco to one country and you’ll sell less to 27 countries.’ “Putting things on this level is a bit insulting.” 

Freedom Of Movement As A Founding Principle Of The EU Is ‘Bollocks’

Johnson declared that it is “bollocks” to suggest that EU citizens have an historic right to live anywhere across the European bloc, telling a Czech newspaper that the freedom to move between states was not a founding principle of the European Economic Community. He said: “It’s a total myth – nonsense. It is stupid to say that freedom of movement is a fundamental right.”

Described Africa As A Country, Not A Continent 

Johnson managed to describe the entire continent of Africa as “that country”.While speaking to the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham in 2016, Boris Johnson said: “Life expectancy in Africa has risen astonishingly as that country has entered the global economic system.” For the record, there are 55 countries in Africa. 

Compared Traditional Māori Greeting To A Glasgow Pub Fight

He compared traditional greeting to a headbutt while on a tour of the Commonwealth country earlier this year.Johnson told a Māori congregation that the Hongi would be “misinterpreted in a pub in Glasgow”. He did, however, also describe it as a “beautiful form of introduction”. Responding to the comment, the SNP said he had “made a career out of travelling the globe with his foot firmly in his mouth”.

Compares French President Francois Hollande To PoW Guard

Johnson caused uproar earlier this year when he compared Francois Hollande’s attitude towards Brexit with a prisoner of war camp. He said: “If Mr Hollande wants to administer punishment beatings to anybody who chooses to escape [the EU], rather in the manner of some World War II movie, then I don’t think that is the way forward, and actually it’s not in the interests of our friends and partners.” He was strongly condemned by by the European Parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt who described his comments as “abhorrent and deeply unhelpful”.

Recited Colonial-Era Poem In Burmese Temple

Johnson was caught on camera part-reciting a colonial poem in a Burmese temple before being stopped by an ambassador earlier this year. Johnson began quoting the opening lines of Mandalay during a visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, the capital of Burma. The poem by Rudyard Kipling is written through the eyes of a retired British serviceman in Burma, also known as Myanmar, which Britain colonised for more than a century.  

Admitted He Did Not Recognise The Commonwealth Flag

Appearing before the Commons foreign affairs committee, Johnson told MPs how Brexit presented an “very exciting prospect” to strike free trade deals with Commonwealth nations, such as Australia, that were “bounding ahead” economically. Asked by if that meant he would commit to replacing the EU flag with the Commonwealth’s once the UK left the EU, Johnson said: “I am going to have to own up, I am unaware of the exact configuration of the Commonwealth flag. What does it look like?”


Historical child sex abuse. Money ‘spaffed up the wall’ Posted On: 13th March 201

Boris Johnson has been branded “shameless” after he claimed that money spent investigating historic cases of child sex abuse was being “spaffed up the wall”. The Tory heavyweight complained that money was being spent on investigating past cases rather than funding increases in frontline police numbers.

Speaking on LBC, the Conservative leadership favourite said: “Keeping numbers high on the streets is certainly important. But it depends where you spend the money and where you deploy the officers. “And one comment I would make is I think an awful lot of money and an awful lot of police time now goes into these historic offences and all this mullarkey. “You know, £60 million I saw was being spaffed up a wall on some investigation into historic child abuse.”

Bassetlaw MP John Mann said: “Boris Johnson says investigating historic child abuse was a waste of money. Try telling that to my constituent whose rapist got 19 years after we pressured for the case to be re-opened.”

It is unclear what £60m cost Mr Johnson was referring to.

Source: Politics Home


Who could forget the Watercannon!

Boris Johnson’s unused water cannon sold for scrap at £300,000 loss.

Three unusable water cannon bought by Boris Johnson when he was mayor of London have been sold for scrap, at a net loss of more than £300,000.

Johnson bought the crowd-control vehicles from the German police in 2014, in anticipation of social unrest, without checking whether they could be used on London’s streets. In one of his most humiliating episodes as mayor, the then home secretary, Theresa May, banned them from use anywhere in England and Wales. It left the capital’s taxpayers with three expensive white elephants.

The current mayor, Sadiq Khan, pledged to claw back as much money as possible on the redundant vehicles by selling them. But after almost two years the mayor’s office admitted defeat in its attempt to find a reputable buyer. It announced on Monday that it had agreed to sell the vehicles for just £11,025 to Reclamations Ollerton, a scrap metal yard in Newark, Nottinghamshire.

The fee recoups 3.4% of the £322,834.71 spent on the vehicles since 2014.

Source: The Guardian


Broken promises

Extract from Business Insider 14 June 2019

An analysis by Business Insider of Johnson’s time at City Hall and his subsequent actions since returning to parliament, suggests that Conservative MPs have good reason to be sceptical about is promises and pledges

Heathrow

Promise made: Boris Johnson ran twice for Mayor of London on a ticket of opposing expansion of Heathrow, famously saying that he would lie down “in front of those bulldozers and stop the building, stop the construction of that third runway.”

Promise broken: Not only did Johnson not lie down in front of the bulldozers, but when the House of Commons vote on Heathrow expansion took place, Johnson engineered himself a foreign trip to ensure he wouldn’t be able to take part in the vote. Following the trip, which cost taxpayers some £20,000, Johnson has now reportedly told Conservative MPs that he will not scrap expansion at Heathrow.R

Tax cuts

Promise made: Johnson has made cutting tax a central part of his campaign for the premiership. However, in 2012, Boris also promised voters in London a tax cut saying that he would put “£445 back in your pocket by freezing the Mayoral share of council tax.”

Promise broken: It later emerged that the £445 claim was based on imagined savings compared to what his campaign assumed Boris’s then rival, Ken Livingstone, would have raised council tax by, rather than a promise for an actual further cut of that amount.

Rough sleeping

Promise made: When Boris Johnson became mayor he promised to totally eradicate rough sleeping on the streets of London by 2012, saying that “It’s scandalous that in the 21st century London people have to resort to sleeping on the streets”.

Promise broken: Rough sleeping rose by 130% in London over the course of his time in office.

Police Officers

Promise made: In 2012, Boris sent a list of nine promises to every household in London, labeled his “nine-point plan for a Greater London.” Number four on the list was “Making our streets and homes safer with 1,000 more police on the beat”.

Promise broken: The number of police officers in London actually fell by about 1,000 over his two terms as mayor. Pushed on his failure to increase police numbers back in 2013, Boris claimed that any suggestion he had actually promised 1,000 additional police officers was a “wilful misconstruction”.

Read the full article for more broken promises on London underground services, transportation and much more!


Brexit

Johnson’s views on Brexit change with the wind (or his political ambition). His current ‘Leadership Bid view’ appears to be to talk tough and claim we will leave the EU on 31 October 2019 come what may. That no deal is sub-optimal but he will take it if a better Withdrawal Agreement can’t be renegotiated.

As it stands the EU will not reopen negotiations, so it seems ‘No Deal’ is where we’re headed. However, there is no will in parliament for a no-deal Brexit, and it seems they will do all they can to prevent it, including moving a vote of no confidence in the government. Enough Conservative MPs have given support to acting against their own party to prevent no-deal. That would mean a general election and a further extension to the Article 50 process (something that would be very embarrassing to Johnson as PM).

Johnson has been seen with Nigel Farage and there is talk of a pact between the Conservative Party and the Brexit Party to push through a no-deal Brexit, something that has no mandate following the EU referendum and general elections debates. And recent revelations about Johnson’s much denied relationship far-right firebrand Steve Bannon are cause of deep concern.

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